On June 18th, 2018, close to 500 guests gathered at the Marché Bonsecours in honour of the Azrieli Family and the Azrieli Foundation.
The Azrieli Family and Foundation's $20 million gift provided the Hospital with the resources to inaugurate the Azrieli Heart Centre in September 2017. The Centre is providing best of class heart care for the people of Quebec. The Azrieli Foundation also gifted the JGH with resources for a new intensive care facility and a fellow's program to train young physicians. Their combined $26 million gift ranks as one of the most generous acts of philanthropy in the history of the JGH.
The gala's guests included JGH leadership, physicians, surgeons as well as generous supporters, friends of the hospital and members of the Azrieli Family.
During the course of the evening the JGH Foundation wanted to give guests insight into the Azrieli family and its Foundation's amazing philanthropic journey. It is important people understand the enormous impact they have had here in Canada, in Israel, and around the world.
The Azrieli Foundation has empowered and assisted tens of thousands of people thanks to their generous support of many initiatives in the fields of education, architecture and design, Holocaust education, developmental disabilities, scientific and medical research and the arts.
(Front) Stephanie and Danna Azrieli, (Back) Sharon and Naomi Azrieli, and Myer Bick.
Myer Bick, President and CEO of the JGH Foundation delivered the evening's opening remarks. Sharon Azrieli, world-renowned soprano, dedicated a beautiful collection of Hebrew songs to her father, David Azrieli. Dr. Kieran O'Donnell, Assistant Professor at McGill University and the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research Azrieli Global Scholar, shared insight into fascinating brain research. Naomi Azrieli, Chair and CEO of the Azrieli Foundation, thanked everyone for their attendance and generosity.
Rounding out the evening was a spectacular performance by the L'Orchestre symphonique de Montréal with very special guests, L'Atelier lyrique de l'Opera de Montreal.
The event raised over $1 million dollars, with the Azrieli Foundation matching the funds raised. The Jewish General Hospital Foundation will use the over $2,000,000 to establish the Azrieli-LDI Director's Research Fund. This Fund will support stem cell research at the JGH/LDI Director's research laboratory.
(From left) Dr. Roderick & Daniele McInnes with Carole and Myer Bick.
The JGH Foundation is grateful for the support of its sponsors and contributors. We cannot thank Stephanie, Sharon, Rafi, Naomi and Danna Azrieli as well as the evening's lead Sponsor, Richard Pilosof (RP Investments Advisors) enough. Special thanks also go to the many individuals, companies and groups whose generosity and commitment contributed to making the annual JGH Foundation gala extraordinary.
RP Investment Advisors LP
Harry & Nancy Bloomfield and Raphael & Evelyn Schachter
Emmelle & Alvin Segal
André Azzi Financial Services Inc.
Burgundy Asset Management Ltd.
Deans Knight Capital Management
Gluskin Sheff + Associates Inc.
Morris & Rosalind Goodman Family Foundation
Lillian Vineberg and Morris Goodman
Waratah Capital Advisors Ltd.
Borden Investment Management of Scotia Wealth Management
BMO Financial Group
Bruce Kent Group – RBC Dominion Securities
The Canadian Friends of Hebrew
Cidel Asset Management
Dorel Industries Inc.
Elaine and Richard Dubrovsky
Brenda & Samuel Gewurz
RBC Royal Bank
Stotland & Lassner Families
National Bank Private Banking 1859
Beutel Goodman Investment Counsel
De Grandpré Chait
Saryl and Stephen Gross
Kogan Wealth Management - RBC Dominion Securities Inc.
Pembroke Private Wealth Management Ltd.
Spiegel Sohmer Inc.
Barometer Capital Management Inc.
Lapointe Rosenstein Marchand Melançon L.L.P.