GIV­ING BACK Or­ga­niz­ing hockey play­ers for chil­dren’s hos­pi­tal

The Globe and Mail (Alberta Edition) - - REPORT ON BUSINESS WEEKEND - Pwaldie@globe­and­mail.com

The donors James Black­burn and Cam Healy

The gift: Rais­ing $165,000 and climb­ing

The cause: Toronto’s Hos­pi­tal for Sick Chil­dren

The rea­son: To fund re­search into pe­di­atric heart surgery

James Black­burn and Cam Healy have been putting on cor­po­rate events around Toronto for years and went into busi­ness to­gether four years ago. Shortly af­ter they joined forces to cre­ate West of Con­tra, they de­cided to put their tal­ents to use for a char­i­ta­ble cause as well.

That led to the cre­ation of the All-Star Gala, an an­nual ball that raises money for Toronto’s Hos­pi­tal for Sick Chil­dren. The sports-themed event has been held since 2015 and has raised $165,000 so far for the hos­pi­tal. Past ath­lete at­ten­dees have in­cluded hockey play­ers P.K. Sub­ban, James van Riems­dyk and Mor­gan Rielly. Mr. Black­burn, Mr. Healy and their team of vol­un­teers are hop­ing to raise an­other $100,000 at this year’s gala on June 16.

The money from this year’s gala is fund­ing a re­search project at Sick Kids’ Fam­ily Heart Cen­tre to de­velop pro­ce­dures to elim­i­nate brain dam­age dur­ing in­fant open-heart surgery.

“Both Cam and I have nu­mer­ous con­nec­tions to Sick Kids through friends and fam­ily,” said Mr. Black­burn, ex­plain­ing why they wanted to sup­port the re­search project. “We’re re­ally ex­cited to grow this event into the fu­ture and see what sort of dif­fer­ence we can make.”

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