Raising the bar in fighting child abuse
More than 200 Canadian hedge fund and financial services industry professionals and supporters gathered at The Story’s Building in Toronto for the 13th- annual “Open Your Hearts to the Children” gala.
The special fundraising evening organized by Hedge Funds Care/ Help for Children Canada ( HFCC) raised nearly $ 200,000 for the prevention and treatment of child abuse.
All of the funds raised through the Hedge Funds Care Gala are distributed through grants to local, community- based organizations devoted to preventing child abuse.
This is accomplished through education, prevention, intervention, research, advocacy and training programs.
Attendees were treated to an evening of fine food, premium beer courtesy of sponsor Old Tomorrow, and a wonderful silent auction.
KPMG was presented with a special award recognizing the firm’s support of HFCC for more than 10 years.
“Once again the hedge fund and broader financial services industry in Canada showed its true benevolent colours — raising both money and awareness for this very important and unfortunately often- overlooked cause,” said HFCC president and director Corey Goldman.
“The dollars raised continue to allow us to fund groundbreaking and innovative programs and research that continue to raise the bar in combating child abuse.”
The 2016 grant recipients were Boost Child Abuse Prevention and Intervention, Child Development Institute, East Metro Youth Services, Kids Help Phone and Native Child and Family Services of Toronto.
To date, more than 53 grants have been awarded to organizations across the country.
Those lending support included lead sponsor Sprott Asset Management as well as KPMG, Scotiabank, Citco Canada, Arrow Capital Management, Deloitte Canada, Picton Mahoney Asset Management, Polar Securities and TD Securities.
Corey Goldman, left, president and director, Hedge Funds Care Canada, with Justin Krieger, CommonWealth Fund Services Ltd.
Jonathan Vapsva, CIBC Wood Gundy, and Val Tan.
Steve Banquier, left, and Peter Boffo of TD Securities.
Raymond Mathias, Cayman Islands BDM for Canada, and James Fox.