Cedars Cancer Foundation’s 50th Anniversary Ball Goes Beyond!
Montreal, November 15, 2016—On November 10th, over 700 Montrealers came together under the theme of Go Beyond for the Cedars Cancer Foundation’s 50th Anniversary Ball and to celebrate five decades of helping cancer patients and their loved ones. At the end of the evening, Cedars announced that it had raised over $5 million for the new Cedars Oncology Supportive Care Centre as well as for teaching and research.
“It was wonderful to celebrate this milestone with families and friends, and with the more than one hundred physicians, nurses and healthcare professionals who came to the Ball,” stated Jeff Shamie, president and CEO of Cedars. “Montrealers and Quebecers of all communities should know that the Cedars Cancer Foundation is setting a new course for itself that will bring to life lofty ambitions. We’ve set our sights on a healthier future and that requires more money for cancer research, state-of-the-art equipment, education and personalized patient care. Bottom line, we owe it to ourselves and to future generations to go beyond!”
The 50th Anniversary Ball, held at the Arsenal in Griffintown, also marked the 15th Anniversary of Sarah’s Fund, the pediatric arm of the Cedars Cancer Foundation. The event was chaired by Gwendolyn Andrews Nacos, founder of Cedars CanSupport and co-chaired by Diana Ferrara Scalia, member of Cedars’ Board of Directors, and Dr. Armen Aprikian, chief of the Cancer Care Mission of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC). Olympic diver and longstanding Cedars spokesperson, Alexandre Despatie, served as the emcee. Guests were treated to a gastronomic feast prepared by Olivier Perret, cancer survivor and Executive Chef of Le Renoir at the Sofitel Carré Doré, and his team of chefs from around the province. The chefs generously donated their creative talent and all of the food. The feature presentation, a short film produced by Heidi Berger, with an original score played by two award-winning pianists, commanded the audience’s undivided attention. Finally, industry leader Paul Chacra and the 1945 Band did not disappoint; music and dancing continued until nothing was left at the sweet table and Nespresso coffee station.
“Cedars 50th Anniversary Ball was our way of recognizing our exceptional professionals and volunteers as they go beyond, day-in and day-out, for pediatric and adult cancer patients and their families,” said Gwendolyn Andrews Nacos. “Go Beyond also reflects our renewed pledge to be the change we want to see in terms of compassion, innovation and inspiration. Change begins with a dream, and when we go beyond together that dream can become reality!”
The Cedars Cancer Foundation, a partner of the MUHC and the Rossy Cancer Network, recognizes that emerging needs require significant and sustained investment. Cancer survivorship is one example. Long-term survival of many common cancers has doubled in the last forty years. As a result, expected and unexpected side effects of treatment need to be better understood and managed.
“In one short year, the Cedars Cancer Centre at the MUHC has become an integrated hub for cancer treatment in Montreal. Unfortunately, needs will only grow,” underscored Dr. Armen Aprikian. “We must be ready with the brightest people, the best equipment and the passion to innovate to remain a centre of excellence in cancer care, research and education.”
In keeping with this goal, its 50th anniversary pledge and best practices in supportive care, the Cedars Oncology Supportive Care Centre will consolidate and improve existing programmes and services in one location, as clinicians will work side by side with other members of the patients’ healthcare teams. It will continue Cedars’ longstanding tradition of providing a comprehensive programme that goes beyond surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
“On behalf of the Board of Directors of Cedars, I would like to extend our deepest gratitude to the Event Committee for making the 50th Anniversary Ball a resounding success,” added Bruce Shadeed, chairman of the Cedars Cancer Foundation.
“The Ball offered us a golden opportunity to pay homage to our founders and all who carry on its legacy, including our most generous donor community, and it was exciting to see so many young people present, ready to take us forward!” concluded Diana Ferrara Scalia.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of Cedars’ 50th Anniversary Ball, from the Event Chairs and Committee Members to suppliers, guests, and sponsors.
The Rossy Family Foundation; the Glenn & Amel Chamandy Family Foundation; Andrew Lutfy & Family; Shadeed & Assi Families; John & Phyllis Rae; Frank J. Motter & Linda Shaw; Power Corporation of Canada; Andy Chelminski & Cindy Norman; Tom & Gwen Nacos & Family; Diana & Sam Scalia; Simard; Dorel; Frank & Mary Rana & Family; Ernst & Young; la Fondation Jamil Cheaib et famille; Amir; Air Canada; Greg, Chantal and Harley Chamandy; Metro Supply Chain Group; The Saykaly, Souaid & Dussault Families; ZED Graphic Communications Inc.; Fuller Landau LLP; Holt Renfrew Ogilvy; The Kersheh Group; MUHC Radiation Oncologists; Ardene; SAQ; Mike Flinker & Family; Deep Khosla & Bank of America/Merrill Lynch; Adam, Tiffany and Kerrigan Turner & Family; Kaycan; M sur la montagne; Giuseppe Monticciolo Sr. & Family; Marina Del Rey; Fou D’ici; Pomerleau; Dr. Sandra McGill, Dr. Karl Schwarz & Espace MD; Banque Nationale; N2; the Honourable Dionysia Zerbisias; SterlingCard Payment Solutions; Armen & Paola Aprikian & Family; the Penny & Gordon Echenberg Family Foundation; MUHC Division of Medical Oncology; MUHC Hepatopancreatobiliary Surgery Program; the Tabah Family; the Roper Clinic; Distillery 1769; Elisabeth Roux, Roger Beauchemin & Family; MUHC Division of Palliative and Supportive Care; MUHC Division of Thoracic Surgery; CIBC; Groupe Petra; the Morris & Rosalind Goodman Family Foundation; Optima Design; Kamik; Richard & Susan Hart; Rhoda & Joel Pinsky; the Norman Zavalkoff Family Foundation; MUHC Division of Hematology-Oncology; MUHC Gynecological Oncology Division; Mr. Allan Lufty & Family; Anne-Marie & Mitch Garber Family Foundation; Rita & Charles Bronfman; Baljit Chadha; Mike & Valeria Rosenbloom Foundation; Fondation Amelia et Lino Saputo Jr; Mrs. Lise Watier and Mr. Serge Rocheleau; and J. Robert Swidler & Associates.
About Cedars Cancer Foundation: Fifty years of helping cancer patients and their families! Situated in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, the Cedars Cancer Foundation is a hospital-based charity, founded in 1966, whose mission is to support comprehensive cancer care, research and education for all cancer patients—pediatric, adolescent and young adult (AYA), adults and those needing palliative care or survivorship services—who are being treated at the McGill University Health Centre. It achieves its goals through corporate and individual donations, major gifts, planned giving, endowments, special funds and grassroots events, as well as entities such as Cedars CanSupport, Sarah’s Fund for Cedars and the Rossy Cancer Network.
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