LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE II ROCKS THE HOUSE AND RAISES $2.5 MILLION FOR TORONTO EAST GENERAL HOSPITAL!
Thank you to our Benefactors, Sponsors, Guests, Volunteers and Performers for making our second comedy gala, Laughter is the Best Medicine II, another rollicking success!
With BMO Financial Group returning as Presented Sponsor, the evening was hosted, once again, by Toronto’s own actor, Will Arnett, of Up All Night and Arrested Development fame, who generously donated his time and talent to emcee the event and had the crowd in stitches. Top comedy talent, Mario Joyner, opened the uproarious evening, setting the stage for the audacious humour of edgy comedic icon, Chris Rock.
"The $2.5-million raised at this gala was significant; it helped us close out the ambitious $60-million private sector campaign we started five years ago," said Michael Burns, Gala Co-chair and Chair of the hospital's Foundation Board. "This is all part of Toronto East General Hospital's $360-million capital redevelopment project, which will culminate with the opening of the innovative Ken and Marilyn Thomson Patient Care Centre."
"Rock, Arnett and Joyner kept us laughing all night long. What better way for Toronto to support such a great cause!" added Michael Geddes, gala Co-chair and Vice-chair of the Foundation Board. "We are thrilled with the turnout we received for the event, which is without question one of the city's standout charity galas."
Laughter is the Best Medicine II
THANK YOU TO
Official Security Sponsor
Official News Media Partner
Official Signage Partner
Official Accommodation Sponsor
Official Print Sponsor
Gala Co-Chair and Chair, TEGH Foundation Board:
Vice President Corporate Development, AudienceView
Gala Co-Chair and Vice-Chair, TEGH Foundation Board:
President, Lone Eagle Entertainment Ltd.
Mr. Ken Aber
Partner, Blueprint Business Architecture
Ms. Michelle Ackerman
Consultant, Infrastructure Development, The Kilmer Group
Ms. LeeAnn Acton
Senior Marketing Manager, GTA, KPMG LLP
Mr. Casey Adam Antolak
Director, Business Development, Scotiabank
Mrs. Alix Arnett
Mr. James Arnett
Mr. Dany H. Assaf
Partner, Torys LLP
Mr. Christopher Bean
Managing Director, Global Investment Banking Co-Head, Investment Funds, RBC Capital Markets
Mr. Andrew Carragher
Founder & Managing Director, DW Healthcare Partners
Mr. Ian Chamandy
Partner, Blueprint Business Architecture
Ms. Cecile Chung
General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Samuel, Son & Co., Limited
Ms. Kerry Connelly
Director of Communications, Shangri-La hotel, Toronto
Mr. Dan Debow
Co-founder and co-CEO, Rypple
Mr. Matteo Del Sorbo
Global Vice-President, Business Development & Strategic Planning Magna Exteriors & Interiors Corp
Mr. Rob Devitt
President and CEO, Toronto East General Hospital
Mrs. Ellen Downey
Ms. Janice Downey
Mr. Tim Duncanson
Managing Director, Onex Corporation
Mr. David Epstein
Partner, Gardiner Roberts LLP
Mr. Shaun Francis
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Medcan Health Management, Inc.
Ms. Christina Giamos
Senior Producer of Talent Relations In-House Productions, Rogers Media Inc.
Mr. Evan Howard
Analyst, Gluskin Sheff + Associates Inc.
Ms. Judith Irving
Mr. Steven Joyce
CEO, Fox Harb'r Development Limited
Mr. Karim Kanji
President and CEO, Sutter Hill Investment Corp.
Mr. Adrian Lee-Chin
Investment Analyst, Portland Holdings
Mr. Stephen D. Lister
Managing Partner, Imperial Capital Group Ltd.
Mr. Stewart Lyons
CEO, TeraGo Inc.
Mr. Adrian T. Montgomery
Chief Investment Officer, Tuckamore Capital Management Inc.
Mr. Mark Mulroney
Managing Director, and Head of Equity Capital Markets, National Bank of Canada
Mr. Krishna Nikhil
Executive Vice President, Print and Chief Strategy Officer, Indigo
Mr. George C. Rossolatos
Co-CEO, Avante Security Inc.
Mr. Peter Sahagian
General Counsel, KPMG LLP
Dr. Oakley D. Smith
Surgeon-in-Chief, Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Toronto East General Hospital
Mr. Andrew Steele
Vice President Strategy, TVOntario
Mr. Stephen Tapp
CEO, Hercules Media Group
Mr. Sheldon Teicher
Executive Vice-President and General Counsel, Lone Eagle Entertainment Ltd.
Mr. Benjie Thomas
Partner, Transaction Services, KPMG LLP
Mrs. Diana Thomson
Mr. Eric C. Tripp
President, Investment Banking Group, BMO Capital Markets
Mrs. Teresa Vasilopoulos
President, Toronto East General Hospital Foundation
Mr. Niranjan Vivekanandan
Head, Sales Strategy & Effectiveness, Royal Bank of Canada
Mr. W. Brett Wilson
Canadian Entrepreneur, Philanthropist
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