FoundationSeptember 2015

Community action

Throughout the year, the JGH Foundation hosts or benefits from a wide variety of events that call upon all of us to support initiatives that empower the Jewish General Hospital. This enables the JGH to save lives, improve patients’ quality of life and provide the most vulnerable members of society with the care they need.

Past events

4th Annual Bowl-O-Thon for Translational Research
February 8, 2015 – Laurentian Lanes
Organized by Sharon Wolfe
Raised $3,330 net for translational research in the Segal Cancer Centre at the JGH

Next Generation Comedy Fundraiser
February 19, 2015 – AMC
Organized by Phil and Joe Dubrovsky, and the Next Generation Committee
Raised $5,400 for the Vicki & Stan Zack and Family Herzl Teenage Health Unit

11th Gloria’s Girls – A Night at the Theatre: Love, Loss and What I Wore
March 31, 2015 – The Centaur Theatre
Raised $16,000 for the Gloria Shapiro Endowment Fund for Ovarian Cancer

23rd Annual McGill Head and Neck Cancer Fundraiser
May 7, 2015 – Le Windsor
Raised $700,000 for a Voice Recognition System for the Department of Otolaryngology

23rd Annual Silver Star Mercedes-Benz JGH Golf Classic honouring Dorel
June 1, 2015 – Hillsdale Golf Club
Co-Chairs: Jacques Ménard, Sonny Gordon and George Sakkas
Raised $1.2 million to purchase state-of-the-art Giraffe Incubators for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit; for important research into the Science of Motherhood (Perinatal Mental Health) in the Lady Davis Institute at the JGH; and for the summer camp program of the Centre for Child Development and Mental Health.

Golf Classic Co-Chairs (from left) Sonny Gordon, Jacques Menard and George Sakkas

Golf Classic Co-Chairs (from left) Sonny Gordon, Jacques Menard and George Sakkas

The event honoured the families (Martin, Alan and Jeffrey Schwartz and Jeff Segel) of Dorel, the world’s largest producer of car seats and juvenile furniture.

Co-chaired by Jacques Ménard, President, BMO Financial Group, Quebec; Harold Sonny Gordon, Vice Chair, Dundee Corporation; and George Sakkas, Portfolio Manager and Director, Wealth Management, at Lambert, Klimis & Sakkas, the event attracted hundreds of Montreal’s foremost business and community leaders from all backgrounds and age groups for a luxurious day on the golf course.

The marquee event raised over $1 million, thanks to the extraordinary commitment and hard work of the honourees, the organizing committee and the many people and institutions who demonstrated their respect and admiration for the families of Dorel.

Since its inception, the Golf Classic has raised over $18 million to improve the medical care, life expectancy and quality of life of the people of Montreal, Quebec and beyond.

1st Annual CIBC MINDSTRONG Fitness Event
June 7, 2015 – Midtown Le Sanctuaire
Honourary President: Tony Marinaro
Co-Chairs: Jodi Mintz and Stacey Herman Serero
Raised over $530,000 net for the JGH Department of Psychiatry’s Youth Mental Health Program

1st Annual CIBC MINDSTRONG Fitness Event

The JGH Foundation, the JGH Auxiliary and Midtown Le Sporting Club Sanctuaire held their first CIBC MINDSTRONG at the Midtown Le Sporting Club Sanctuaire.

MC’ed by Tony Marinaro, TSN690 Montreal Sports Radio host and MINDSTRONG Honourary President, this unique fitness and fundraising event had more than 250 men and women—from 18 to well into their 60s—sweating, stretching and lunging through five energizing hours of exercise, including yoga, zumba, tai chi, boot camp, spinning and high intensity interval training, all for a great cause.

CIBC MINDSTRONG raised a fabulous $530,000 net from gross proceeds of $550,000. This represents a fundraising cost ratio of less than 5 per cent, one of the most cost-efficient fundraising events in Montreal this year. No other event in Quebec has raised awareness and resources for mental health on this scale.

Proceeds from CIBC MINDSTRONG will benefit the expansion of mental health programs for young people between the ages of 15 and 25 at the JGH Department of Psychiatry, led by Dr. Karl Looper.

These funds are supporting four major projects to:

  • hire a clinical coordinator to facilitate access to clinical assessments and referrals for mental health services
  • hire a family peer-support worker, in collaboration with AMI-Quebec Action for Mental Illness, to provide a resource to family members seeking information and advice on how to help their loved one
  • acquire information technology, including wi-fi and computers, to improve efficiency in the workplace and allow for the use of innovative digital tools
  • develop an online portal where patients can acquire information and communicate with their clinicians in an accessible, patient-centred format

Gloria’s Girls – Holt Renfrew Shopping Spree
June 8, 2015 – Holt Renfrew
Raised $3,000 net for the Gloria Shapiro Endowment Fund for Ovarian Cancer

Laurus Summer Camp Fundraising Campaign
Summer 2015
Raised $2,300 for the Vivo Fund for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

7th Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer
July 11-12, 2015
Co-chairs: Jean-Christophe Bédos and Anthony Zitzmann
Raised $4.9 million to support cancer research, treatment and prevention at the Segal Cancer Centre

Enbridge Ride to Conquer CancerThe Ride saw 1,347 cyclists from across the province raise over $4.9 million for the Jewish General Hospital in their annual trek from Montreal to Quebec City this past July 11 and 12.

Spirits (and temperatures) were high as the participants cycled through the picturesque Quebec countryside, supported by hundreds of volunteers and well-wishers along the route.

Funds raised through Quebec’s largest cycling fundraiser support vital cancer research, treatment, care and prevention programs at the JGH and its partners across Quebec. Registration for the 2016 Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer is now open at conquercancer.ca.

11th Annual Pharmaprix Weekend to End Women’s Cancers
August 22-23, 2015
Co-Chairs: Johanne Champoux, Suzanne Gouin and Martin Thibodeau
Raised $2.2 million for breast and gynecologic research, prevention and care at the Segal Cancer Centre

Weekend to End Women's Cancers Quebec’s largest multi-day walk for women’s cancers drew 1,100 walkers, crew and volunteers in its 11th edition this past August 22 and 23.

Collectively, participants raised more than $2.2 million to support life-saving research, treatment, care and prevention programs for breast and gynecologic cancers at the JGH’s Segal Cancer Centre. Over the course of two days, walkers visited various neighbourhoods across Montreal, stopped in at the JGH itself and celebrated their accomplishments along the way.

The JGH has also announced that this was the last edition of the Weekend to End Women’s Cancers. In 2016, the event will be rebranded and broadened in scope to allow walkers to support research for all types of cancers. Starting next year, the event—the OneWalk to Conquer Cancer—will be a one-day, 25-kilometre walk. Registration is now open at onewalk.ca.

Bialik Community Hockey Tournament
August 30, 2015 – Samuel Moskovitch Arena
Organized by Bob Nathan
Raised over $10,000 net for the Segal Cancer Centre at the JGH

14th Annual HSBC Bank Canada Golf Tournament
August 31, 2015 – Club Laval-sur-le-Lac
Raised $155,000 net for the Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Program at the JGH and for ENSEMBLE for the respect of diversity

Upcoming events

NOVEMBER 5
Le Festin de Babette
Entrepôts Dominion
Chair: Pierre R. Brosseau
Benefiting Alzheimer’s research at the Lady Davis Institute at the JGH
Contact: Claude Krynski, 514-340-8222 ext. 5835

NOVEMBER 8
Pulmonary Hypertension Walk
YMCA downtown
Organized by Dr. David Langleben and team
Benefiting the Pulmonary Hypertension Laboratory in Cardiology
Contact: Mary Etzitian, 514-340-8222 ext. 3986

NOVEMBER 18
Doctors’ Gala
The Arsenal
Honourary Co-Chairs: Stephen Bronfman, the Honourable Jean Charest and France Chrétien Desmarais
Co-Chairs: Stéphane Achard and Tom Little
Benefiting the Lady Davis Institute at the JGH
Contact: Stephanie Roza, 514-340-8222 ext. 2587

MAY 15, 2016
2nd Annual MINDSTRONG Fitness Event (in conjunction with The JGH Auxiliary)
Midtown Le Sanctuaire
Benefiting the JGH Department of Psychiatry
Contact: Mary Etzitian, 514-340-8222 ext. 3986

MAY 31, 2016
2nd Luxury Avenue
Circuit iCAR
Co-Chairs: David Bitton, Vince Guzzo and Claude Léger
Benefiting the Pavilion K Emergency Department and Critical Care Unit
Contact: Betty Elkaim, 514-340-8222 ext. 4055

JUNE 2-4, 2016
1st annual Pro-Am Hockey Tournament for Alzheimer’s
4 Glaces Brossard
Chair: Gerald Issenman
Benefiting the JGH Program for Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia
Contact: Siobhan O’Brien, 514-340-8222 ext. 3609

JUNE 6, 2016
24th Annual Silver Star Mercedes-Benz JGH Golf Classic
Elm Ridge Golf & Country Club
Contact: Stephanie Roza, 514-340-8222 ext. 2587

JULY 9-10, 2016
8th Annual Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer
Benefiting cancer research, treatment and prevention at the Segal Cancer Centre at the JGH
Contact: Siobhan O’Brien, 514-340-8222 ext. 3609

AUGUST 20, 2016
1st Annual OneWalk to Conquer Cancer
Benefiting cancer research, treatment and prevention at the Segal Cancer Centre at the JGH
Contact: Siobhan O’Brien, 514-340-8222 ext. 3609

 

It is immensely gratifying to know that together we can accomplish great things to help people throughout Montreal and Quebec for many years to come.

To support any of the events and/or initiatives described in these pages, please contact the JGH Foundation at 514-340-8251. Donations can also be made at jghfoundation.org.

If you are interested in organizing a fundraising event, please contact Mary Etzitian, Coordinator, Third Party Events, at 514-340-8222, ext. 3986.

Thank you for making a difference!

Jewish General Hospital Foundation, 3755 Côte Sainte-Catherine Road, A-107, Montreal, (Quebec) H3T 1E2, Tel.: 514-340-8251   •   Fax: 514-340-8220   •   info@jghfoundation.org

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