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."

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Gala Committee

Gala Co-Chair and Chair, TEGH Foundation Board:
Michael Burns

Vice President Corporate Development, AudienceView

Gala Co-Chair and Vice-Chair, TEGH Foundation Board:
Michael Geddes
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


Global News
WATCH: Will Arnett talks about laughter, Leafs

Actor Will Arnett was back in his hometown Saturday night to host Laughter is the Best Medicine II, a gala fundraiser for the Toronto East General Hospital. But before stepping in front of hundreds of guests inside the Allstream Centre, the Arrested Development star admitted the name of the event worries him. “It concerns me that this seems to be the line that they're taking at a hospital — that laughter is the best medicine," Arnett told Global News. "I'm curious to see what their emergency room looks like. It's got to be a disaster." Arnett conceded that although it's probably not sound medical advice, there is truth to the adage. Read More»

Global News
VIDEO: Toronto native Will Arnett on the Leafs, his career and being back home

Antony Robart had a chance to catch up with actor and Toronto native Will Arnett and discuss his career, the Leafs and what it's like being back home. Read More»

Canada Newswire
A Full House Rocked with Laughter Thanks to Chris Rock and Will Arnett with $2.5 million raised for Toronto East General Hospital

Laughter Is The Best Medicine II event brought out Toronto's Most Generous Guests to Celebrate End of $60-million Private Sector Capital Campaign…Last night, Toronto was treated to one of its most fun and funniest evenings of the year, as Chris Rock performed at Laughter Is The Best Medicine II—a comedy gala that raised $2.5 million in support of Toronto East General Hospital (TEGH.) With Will Arnett as Master of Ceremonies, over 1400 guests celebrated the completion of the hospital's $60-million private sector capital campaign at the sold-out affair, held at the Allstream Centre. Chris Rock—the multi-Emmy and Grammy award winner, critically acclaimed as one of the world's best comedians—had the crowd in stitches for more than an hour, with all-new material, prepared especially for TEGH's guests. The occasion marked the first time Rock had ever performed for a private event…Video footage of the event, including an exclusive interview with Chris Rock, can be downloaded at this link Read More»

Beach Mirror
TEGH raises $2.5 million at Laughter is the Best Medicine gala featuring Chris Rock

It was all about the "funny" at this year's Laughter is the Best Medicine to benefit Toronto East General Hospital. The sold-out crowd packed the AllStream Centre in Toronto and were treated to performances by comedians Mario Joyner and Emmy and Grammy Award winner Chris Rock. But it was hometown favourite Will Arnett who stole the show with his quirky humour. He also got the crowd very excited during the live auction as he spontaneously offered up dinner with him and his friend, Brendan Shanahan, President of Toronto Maple Leafs, who was among the "famous faces" lending their support. Me please!... Read More»

East York Chronicle
TEGH raises $2.5 million at comedy fundraiser to reach $60 million target

With $2.5 million raised at its Sept. 27 "Laughter Is The Best Medicine" comedy gala featuring Chris Rock, the Toronto East General Hospital Foundation has reached its target of raising $60 million from the private sector to help fund its $360 million redevelopment project, the organization says. "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, in a statement posted on the organization's website: Read More»

Chris Rock and Will Arnett rocked the house with $2.5 million raised for Toronto East General Hospital

Chris Rock - the multi-Emmy and Grammy award winner, had the audience in stitches with more than an hour of all-new material prepared especially for "Laughter is the Best Medicine" - an annual gala in support of the Toronto East General Hospital (TEGH). In this sit down interview, Rock talks about his support of the Toronto East General Hospital, offers some advice for up & coming Comedians, discusses his new film project "Top Five" with Adam Sandler, and more. Primetime Emmy nominated Actor, Will Arnett (SNL) was the Master of Ceremonies, and the event marked the first time that Rock has ever performed at a private event. The event of 1400 esteemed guests raised $2.5 million in support of Toronto East General Hospital. Read More»

Mr. Will's Wall Of Fame – Blog

Celebrating the completion of an ambitious $60 million capital campaign towards the $360 million redevelopment of Toronto East General Hospital, the Laughter is the Best Medicine II Gala took place this evening at Allstream Centre. With soon-to-be-completed Ken and Marilyn Thomson Patient Care Centre being a primary point of focus, Stars came out to show their support for the fantastic Cause. Spotted were the likes of Comedian Gerry Dee and the Toronto Maple Leafs’ Jonas Siegel, Joffrey Lupul and more. Emceeing the Black Tie Affair a second year, Toronto Funnyman Will Arnett continues to show his commitment to the Cause, while the likes of Comedian Mario Joyner, Cancer-surviving Singer Joseph Neale and Headliner Chris Rock took to the stage… Read More»
In Photos: The "Laughter is the Best Medicine" Gala with Chris Rock

Last Saturday night, Sept 27th the Allstream Centre at Exhibition Place was the venue for "Laughter is the Best Medicine", a charity gala for the Toronto East General Hospital. Filling the shoes of Jerry Seinfeld back in 2012, the headliner this time was the one-and-only Chris Rock to an audience of 1,400 guests. And apparently it was all-new material. How funny was Chris Rock? Obviously, he had the entire venue roaring with laughter. His jokes ranged from filthiness to the clever observations that's made him the famous funny man that he is today. "It's a great cause. The hospital does a lot of amazing work. And I just wanted to be with the right people; and this just seemed like the right time," said Chris Rock about performing for Toronto East General Hospital. Adding to the celebrity power was Canada's own Will Arnett as Master of Ceremonies (once again) who was also really funny in his own right. Singer/Songwriter Joseph Neale, a survivor of lung cancer thanks to life-saving thoracic surgery at TEGH, also performed at the event. Read More»

Avante Logixx Inc.
PHOTO: Avante With Chris Rock at the Laughter is the Best Medicine Toronto East General Hospital

Avante Security was proud to protect and provide secure transportation to Chris Rock and his team during his stay in Toronto. Chris Rock headlined the Laughter is the Best Medicine Gala which raised over $2.5 million for the Toronto East General Hospital on September 27, 2014. Read More»

CBC News
Chris Rock on stand-up in the age of the smart phone

Legendary stand-up comic Chris Rock joins guest host Tom Power to discuss his ever-expanding list of creative projects. The Saturday Night Live alum has played the leading man in Everybody Hates Chris, directed and starred in the critically acclaimed documentary Good Hair, and produced Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell -- to name only a few things on his impressive resume. Now he joins Power to reflect on his early days, working the comedy circuit in the age of smart phones, and whether he sees himself as a mentor to the next generation of talent. Chris Rock and Will Arnett are in Toronto this weekend for the Laughter is the Best Medicine benefit for the Toronto East General Hospital. Read More»

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