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Sip­ping on laugh­ter

Co­me­di­ans and fine wine high­light fan­tas­tic fundrais­ers

- Amoryn En­gel

The Michael Gar­ron Hos­pi­tal Foun­da­tion’s Laugh­ter Is the Best Medicine Gala, pre­sented by BMO Fi­nan­cial Group, once again sur­passed ex­pec­ta­tions on ev­ery level. One thing that pa­trons know about this night-on- thetown is that they are guar­an­teed a rol­lick­ing good time.

While Susur Lee pro­vided an ex­quis­ite meal to the 1,000-plus crowd, comedic heart­throb Will Ar­nett handily took on the lead role of mas­ter of cer­e­monies. Head­lin­ers in­cluded Jim Gaf­fi­gan and Kevin Nealon.

“Will, Jim and Kevin were com­edy gold! They had the en­tire room roar­ing with laugh­ter and we couldn’t be more thrilled with the suc­cess of the evening, tak­ing the foun­da­tion one step closer in our $100 mil­lion cam­paign,” said Michael Geddes, gala co- chair. “The gen­eros­ity dis­played tonight is heart­warm­ing, and it’s a tes­ta­ment to the in­cred­i­ble work of the care­givers at Michael Gar­ron Hos­pi­tal and its in­te­gral role in fos­ter­ing the health and vi­tal­ity of one of Toronto’s most eco­nom­i­cally

di­verse neigh­bour­hoods.”

And this re­ally was a fam­ily af­fair with the Stavro and Gar­ron fam­i­lies out in full force.

Pro­ceeds from the event will sup­port the hos­pi­tal’s mon­u­men­tal re­newal and ex­pan­sion. The newly named Michael Gar­ron Hos­pi­tal, for­merly Toronto East Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal, re­ceived $ 50 mil­lion from Berna and My­ron Gar­ron, made in hon­our of their late son, Michael, who was born at Toronto East Gen­eral. The foun­da­tion raised an ad­di­tional $7.3 mil­lion (in­clud­ing two lead­er­ship gifts). If fine wines are your thing, this year’s France Un­Corked was the place to be. Hosted at a beau­ti­ful Rosedale home, the fifth an­nual do was chaired by Cathy Martin and Liz Gallery. Thirsty guests sipped on wines from Chateau Leoube, Mai­son Sichel and Cham­pagne Hen­riot, all while rais­ing money for Grapes of Hu­man­ity.

Ac­cord­ing to Gallery, “The money we have raised has mostly sup­ported the build­ing of ed­u­ca­tional fa­cil­i­ties in ru­ral ar­eas of eco­nomic hard­ship where re­sources are non ex­is­tent or ex­hausted. Ed­u­cat­ing these chil­dren gives them hope and ul­ti­mately changes their lives and their fu­ture for gen­er­a­tions to come.”

In the past, funds raised at this event have gone to build three schools in Coat­pique, Gu­atemala, a pros­thetic cen­tre in Cam­bo­dia and an or­phan­age in Phnom Penh. There was a real “Rush” when the live auc­tion got un­der­way – and hands flailed about to bid on a VIP Via Rail train trip and wine tast­ing as the per­sonal guest of Grapes for Hu­man­ity board mem­ber and Cana­dian rock leg­end Geddy Lee.

Spon­sors in­cluded KPMG, Rogers and Port­fo­lio Aid.

Laugh­ter Is The Best Medicine Gala in blue ● Un­Corked in pink ●

 ??  ?? Michael Geddes and Lisa Geddes
Michael Geddes and Lisa Geddes
 ??  ?? Alix Ar­nett and James Ar­nett
Alix Ar­nett and James Ar­nett
 ??  ?? Mitze Mour­inho and Shahin Al­izadeh
Mitze Mour­inho and Shahin Al­izadeh
 ??  ?? The Stavro Fam­ily
The Stavro Fam­ily
 ??  ?? Will Ar­nett and Bren­dan Shana­han
Will Ar­nett and Bren­dan Shana­han
 ??  ?? Diana Thom­son and Peter Thom­son
Diana Thom­son and Peter Thom­son
 ??  ?? Bar­bara Hack­ett and Mayor John Tory
Bar­bara Hack­ett and Mayor John Tory
 ??  ?? Jim Gaf­fi­gan
Jim Gaf­fi­gan
 ??  ?? Maria Smith and Eric Tripp
Maria Smith and Eric Tripp
 ??  ?? Berna Gar­ron and My­ron Gar­ron
Berna Gar­ron and My­ron Gar­ron
 ??  ?? Stephen Tapp and April Ather­ton
Stephen Tapp and April Ather­ton
 ??  ??
 ??  ?? The Un­Corked fundraiser had at­ten­dees sip­ping on the finest wines of France
The Un­Corked fundraiser had at­ten­dees sip­ping on the finest wines of France
 ??  ?? Lori Fe­lesky and Stephanie Lewis
Lori Fe­lesky and Stephanie Lewis
 ??  ?? Yael Wilder and Caro­line Bell-Ritchie
Yael Wilder and Caro­line Bell-Ritchie
 ??  ?? Al­li­son Fortier and David Fortier
Al­li­son Fortier and David Fortier
 ??  ?? Laura Adamo and Sarah Barker Brown
Laura Adamo and Sarah Barker Brown
 ??  ?? Liz Gallery and Cathy Martin
Liz Gallery and Cathy Martin
 ??  ?? Sarah and Mark Atkins
Sarah and Mark Atkins
 ??  ?? Michael and Laila Deluce
Michael and Laila Deluce
 ??  ?? Kris­ten Gre­gory and Natasha Mok
Kris­ten Gre­gory and Natasha Mok
 ??  ?? Jas­min Von Te­ich­man and Lau­rie Robin­son
Jas­min Von Te­ich­man and Lau­rie Robin­son
 ??  ?? Jac­que­line Al­lan and Nick Thadaney
Jac­que­line Al­lan and Nick Thadaney
 ??  ?? Tony As­pler and Deb­o­rah As­pler
Tony As­pler and Deb­o­rah As­pler
 ??  ?? Les­lie and Niall Fin­negan
Les­lie and Niall Fin­negan
 ??  ?? Sam and Ellen Web­ster
Sam and Ellen Web­ster
 ??  ?? Alan Stevens and Lisa Casey
Alan Stevens and Lisa Casey

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