Glitter In Macau In Support Of The Hospital For Sick Children-Sat.,March 1st, 2014@Shangri-La Hotel

By A.J. Lam and Bill Kwan

A big thank you goes out to Sandra Chiovitti and Heather Irwin of The Sick Kids Foundation for the invite and great hospitality at the lst annual “BMO Glitter In Macau”event in Support of “Sick Kids”  We look forward to the 2015 edition of this successful event.  More than $300,000 was raised in the silent auction, raffle and of course the casino.  A great performance by 16-year-old Nicole Leung singing one of her favourite classical pieces. Nicole, a resident of Thornhill, received life-saving open-heart surgery at SickKids when she was six months old. The Shangri-La was transformed into a night in Macau and patrons left this black tie event with a big smile.

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$300,000 raised at first ever BMO Presents Glitter in Macau

Chinese community event supports neonatal intensive care at SickKids

 

Toronto, ON – March 3, 2014 –More than $300,000 was raised during the first ever BMO Presents Glitter in Macau event held March 1 benefitting The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids).

Hundreds of guests gathered at this one-of-a-kind event at the spectacular Shangri-La Hotel for a luxurious evening of casino games, including blackjack, food stations with fine Pan-Asian cuisine and roaming entertainment. Among the performers was 16-year-old Nicole Leung who wooed the crowd by singing one of her favourite classical pieces. Nicole, a resident of Thornhill, received life-saving open-heart surgery at SickKids when she was six months old.

This first-time event supports a new fundraising campaign that partners the Chinese-Canadian community with the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at SickKids. The Campaign Cabinet is led by SickKids Foundation Board members Justin Poy and Frank Luk who were in attendance at the event.

“The Chinese Cabinet and a volunteer event committee were instrumental in making this one-of-a-kind event successful,” said Justin Poy, SickKids Foundation Board Member and Co-Chair, Chinese Cabinet.“This leadership group provides insight on the campaign and helps build connections to strengthen the partnership of the Chinese community and SickKids.”

The Cabinet and BMO Presents Glitter in Macau event committee worked with a number of corporate sponsors to bring the event to life.

“All of our sponsors are deeply invested in the Chinese-Canadian community,” said Frank Luk, SickKids Foundation Board Member and Co-Chair, Chinese Cabinet. “We are grateful for their unwavering commitment to supporting SickKids and this initiative.”

BMO was the presenting sponsor and has a long-standing affiliation with SickKids.

BMO values our ongoing relationship with the Chinese community and SickKids,” said Rose Patten, BMO Financial Group. “We were thrilled to continue our support through this new fundraising event.”

Additional sponsors included Diamond sponsors Canadian Chinese Computer Association, Cathay Pacific Airways, Fallsview Resort Casino TD Bank and Toronto Hong Kong Lions Club, and Jade sponsors Floral Accent, Justin Poy Agency, RBC, Royal de Versailles and Shangri-La Hotel.

 Funds raised at BMO Presents Glitter in Macau support infrastructure, equipment and patient care programs in the SickKids NICU, the referral site for Ontario’s most critically ill newborns. Last year, the SickKids NICU treated 703 patients, including children as young as 23 weeks who often weigh only one pound. Support for the NICU will help offer the most fragile patients the best chance of living long, healthy, and productive lives.

Chinese Cabinet:

Co-Chairs: Frank Luk and Justin Poy
Members: Alan Kwong, Benny Cheung, Ben Hum, Ben Leung, Susan Gong, Doris Chan, Hugh Zhao, Pauline Cheung, Richard So and Richard Zhou.

BMO Presents Glitter in Macau Event Committee:
Honourary chair: Irit Shay
Co-Chairs: Frank Luk and Justin Poy
Althea Nguyen, Benny Cheung, Ben Hum, Cindy Su, Doris Chan, Jennifer Uy, Patricia Wong, Pauline Cheung, Richard So, Richard Zhou, Sue Tang and Sylvia C.Y. Tseng


About SickKids Foundation:
Established in 1972, SickKids Foundation raises funds on behalf of The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and is the largest charitable funder of child health research, learning and care in Canada. Philanthropy is a critical source of funding for SickKids – one of the world’s foremost paediatric health-care institutions. For the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013, SickKids Foundation made an unprecedented investment of $92.6 million in children’s health, a direct result of generous community and corporate support. For more information, please visit www.sickkidsfoundation.com.

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Contact:
Sandra Chiovitti
SickKids Foundation
416-813-8292
Sandra.chiovitti@sickkidsfoundation.com

Heather Irwin
SickKids Foundation
416-813-6166 x2040
Heather.irwin@sickkidsfoundation.com