Record-breaking $350,000 raised at annual Cedars Cancer Institute Raffle & Auction
Montreal December 9, 2009 – Through the sale of two thousand five hundred tickets for their Annual Raffle and Abracadabra Auction, the Cedars Cancer Institute raised an unprecedented $350,000 for The Best Care for Life Campaign of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) this year. More than 900 people enjoyed a spirited evening of conviviality, fun and fundraising at the December 2nd event, which was held at the elegant Le Windsor.
Each ticket, which sold for $125, gave the holder a chance to win prizes that included a Ladies Cartier Déclaration watch valued at $23,900 courtesy of Chateau D’Ivoire and cash prizes totalling $50,000. Guests were entertained by hosts CJAD’s Andrew Carter and superstar comedian Caroline Rhea, and enjoyed delectable delights by Bon Appetit Caterer.
Once again this year, incredible items were available at the Auction, such as a one-week vacation in a private villa in Acapulco, Caroline Rhea’s insider tour of New York City talk shows such as The View, with backstage passes to meet stars such as Whoppi Goldberg, and prime seats for the Habs Centennial game at the Bell Centre.
The real champion of the evening was the Cedars Breast Clinic however, which will receive a much-anticipated Digital Mammography unit, courtesy of Cedars Cancer Institute and its generous donors and sponsors.
About Cedars Cancer Institute
The Cedars Cancer Institute is a hospital-based charity that supports comprehensive cancer care and funding to patients and healthcare professionals at the McGill University Health Centre, specifically, the Royal Victoria Hospital and the Montreal General Hospital and, through its Sarah Cook Fund, at the Montreal Children’s Hospital. Since its inception in 1966, The Cedars Cancer Institute has raised more than $27 million in much-needed funds to purchase state-of-the-art diagnostic oncology equipment, improve facilities for treatment and care of cancer patients, offer cancer patients and their families free, psycho-social, practical and humanitarian assistance through its Cedars CanSupport program, support cancer research, provide fellowships for visiting professors and improve public awareness of cancer related issues through lectures and education.
About the McGill University Health Centre
The McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) is a comprehensive academic health institution with an international reputation for excellence in clinical programs, research and teaching. Its partner hospitals are the Montreal Children's Hospital, the Montreal General Hospital, the Royal Victoria Hospital, the Montreal Neurological Hospital, the Montreal Chest Institute and the Lachine Hospital. Our goal is to provide patient care based on the most advanced knowledge in the health care field, and to contribute to the development of new knowledge. www.muhc.ca
About The Best Care for Life Campaign
The $300-million Best Care for Life campaign is an unprecedented philanthropic effort aimed at raising the funds needed to complete the McGill University Health Centre’s Redevelopment Project on the Glen, Mountain and Lachine campuses as well as the Capital Development Plan. It is a partnership of the MUHC foundations: MUHC Foundation, Cedars Cancer Institute, Lachine Hospital Foundation, Montreal Chest Institute Foundation, Montreal General Hospital Foundation, Royal Victoria Hospital Foundation, and The Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation through its Best Care for Children Campaign. www.muhc.ca/cause
For more information, please contact:
Cedars Cancer Institute
terry [dot] diab [at] muhc [dot] mcgill [dot] ca
514-934-1934 x 71206