Rais­ing the bar in fight­ing child abuse

National Post (Latest Edition) - - AFTER HOURS | FP MARKETPLACE - Amoryn En­gel PHO­TOS BY GE­ORGE PI­MENTEL PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

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.

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