The ALL-STAR GALA IN SUPPORT OF SICK KIDS @TORONTO ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE – Fri., June 15th, 2018
This year the Gala took place at the CNE Toronto Events Centre on Friday, June 15th, once again bringing together an assortment of professional athletes and personalities from hockey and other sports, including emcee Jay Onrait from TSN. The highlight was Brett Connolly from the Washington Capitals as the Caps recently won the 2018 Stanley Cup. All net proceeds went to Dr. Seeds research project on congenital heart disease at the Hospital for Sick Children as one of Toronto’s most high profile galas of 2018.
The evening featured a cocktail style reception with open bar until 2am, silent auction and live performances by well-known musicians and DJs!
It has long been known that children undergoing surgery as newborns for congenital heart disease (CHD) are at significant risk for adverse neurodevelopmental outcomes. Dr. Mike Seed, Head of Cardiology at SickKids, believes the root for neurological deficiency in children with congenital heart disease develops in the prenatal period, as they are not receiving enough oxygen to the brain, while in the womb, due to a malformed heart. Dr. Seed and his colleagues are piloting a trial to test the potential of providing additional oxygen to pregnant mothers at 20 weeks gestation, for the remainder of their pregnancy, to determine if an increase of oxygen will improve neurological outcomes for these babies. All funds raised by the All-Star Gala for this project will be matched in full by a prestigious Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) grant from the Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR).
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 institution.
As a national charity, SickKids Foundation not only invests in the important work taking place at SickKids, it also invests in national and international initiatives to benefit children in Canada and around the world. This commitment is true to the spirit of the Foundation’s founders, who articulated a vision for the Foundation that went well beyond the hospital walls 40 years ago.
We would like to thank Jennifer Love of DUET PR for the invitation to this event .