28th Maria-Raîche Benefit Dinner of Stars - At Vieux Port Steakhouse a great success!

MONTREAL, Nov. 14, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - The Foundation of Stars is Quebec's largest source of private funding for pediatric research and held its 28th edition of the Maria-Raîche benefit Dinner of Stars last Monday November 7th at the Vieux Port Steakhouse, thanks to the continued generosity of the Antonopoulos family.

"It is with renewed pleasure that we see our event grow in popularity every year and we are proud to say that since we began it 28 years ago, we have given over $400,000 to the Foundation of Stars." This event is much anticipated by our dear clients and friends and is a great way to bring everybody together just before the holiday season for a very worthy cause," emphasizes both Tony and Costa Antonopoulos, owners of the restaurant and hosts for this evening.

Suzanne Desautels, radio host at CJAD and volunteer for this evening for more than 20 years was able to magnify the auction which included among many other items: a hockey stick signed by Michael Cammalleri and a Montréal Canadians jersey signed by the entire team, as well as boxing gloves signed by Lucian Bute, Current IBF super middleweight champion. The evening was a resounding success and raised $45,000 to support pediatric research, a 35% increase  from  last year.

The contribution from sponsors like: Groupe Lauzon, Vincor Québec, Pâtisserie Kilo, Les fruits et légumes Can-Am, North Star Seafood Montréal, De Fedis and Graphi Pack conception, also made this evening delicious for all guests. "It's because of the support from our partners, sponsors and volunteers that we maintain hope to find cures for diseases that affect our children", said Jean Sylvain Labbé, Executive Director at the Foundation of Stars. "Thank you so much to the Antonopoulos family for their generosity and contribution to the health of our children", he concluded.

About the Foundation of Stars

The Foundation of Stars supports children's health research in Quebec to give our children the chance to grow up healthy. The Foundation is recognized as the most important source of non-governmental funding for pediatric research in Quebec. Since 1977, the Foundation has distributed more than $64.5 million to pediatric research centres at the following hospitals: the Montreal Children's Hospital, the "CHU Sainte-Justine", the "Centre hospitalier universitaire de Québec" and the "Centre hospitalier universitaire de Sherbrooke".

SOURCE FOUNDATION OF STARS

For further information:

Charles-Henry Guillaume
Director, Communications
514 595-5730 ext.: 234
chg@foundationofstars.ca

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