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Gala Benefit Concert raises record $746,000
November 29, 2017

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Music legend, Burton Cummings and band, and world-renowned master impersonator, André-Philippe Gagnon, performed to a packed house at the Rose Theatre in Brampton on November 25, as part of the 6th annual Gala Benefit Concert for William Osler Health System. The sold out Canadian-themed gala evening raised an incredible $746,000 for Osler’s three hospitals.
“What a moving and inspiring night,” said Ken Mayhew, President and CEO, William Osler Health System Foundation. “To see so many people come together to support local health care is truly extraordinary. From businesses and individuals, to local political leaders, and staff and volunteers—the theatre was filled with people who want to make a difference in the lives of others. We are grateful for the support.”
This year, Brampton-born, former Premier of Ontario, the Honourable William G. Davis, was celebrated for his enormous contributions to the community, the people of Ontario and this country. Mr. Davis was also the Honorary Co-Chair of Osler’s Peel Memorial Cabinet Campaign, helping to raise funds to build and equip the Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness.
In addition to the entertainment, Osler Foundation celebrated the good corporate citizenship of Downsview Kitchens. Mike D’Uva, President of Downsview Kitchens, became the fourth recipient of the Osler Foundation Corporate Philanthropy Award, which was presented by Darren Steedman, Vice-President, DG Group, the Gala’s lead sponsor.
“It’s an honour to support the Osler Foundation Gala Benefit Concert,” said Darren Steedman, Vice-President, DG Group. “DG Group believes in strengthening communities and supporting health care in Brampton and Etobicoke and our support of this gala is doing just that. We are so pleased to be a part of such an incredible event.”
“Capping off a year of achievements and growth at Osler, this year’s Gala was a truly outstanding way to come together to celebrate exceptional health care in this community,” said Dr. Brendan Carr, President and CEO, William Osler Health System. “Funds raised from the event will help Osler continue to transform its hospital sites, and build on its innovative programs and services so that we can best meet the needs of the community we serve.”

This year’s Gala Benefit Concert was generously sponsored by DG Group (lead sponsor), Orlando Corporation, Alectra Utilities Inc., Borden Ladner Gervais, Mrs. Lois Rice, Magna International Inc., Maritime-Ontario Freight Works, Goreway Power Station, Policaro Automotive Group, S. Robinson & Associates of RBC Dominion Securities and Sodexo.

See photos from the event!

Picture on left (l-r): Anthony Poole, Gala Chair, sponsor, Policaro Automotive Family; Dr. Brendan Carr, President and CEO, Osler; Kulvir Singh Gill, Board Chair, Osler Foundation; Mrs. Lois Rice, Honorary Co-Chair Peel Memorial Campaign Cabinet; André-Philippe Gagnon; Darren Steedman, Vice President, DG Group (presenting sponsor); Ken Mayhew, President and CEO, Osler Foundation.

Picture on right: The Hewson family were the successful auction bidders on Burton Cummings’ Yamaha CP-33 digital stage piano, in support of Osler Foundation.