GREAT CHEFS AND BUSINESS WORLD TURN OUT IN FORCE TO RAISE $200,000 FOR YOUTH

16th edition of the Mental Illness Foundation's Prestige Wine-Tasting

MONTREAL, April 15 /CNW Telbec/ - The 16th edition of the Mental Illness Foundation's Prestige Wine-Tasting event, presented on April 13 at the Montreal Science Centre, was an unqualified success. More than 375 guests from the business world and the healthcare network took part in the benefit event, helping to raise more than $200,000 for the Partners for Life program. Since 1998, the program's team of field facilitators has visited more than 630 schools across Quebec, meeting with 700,000 students, 8,000 parents and 22,000 care providers to raise awareness about depression, prevent suicide and encourage young people to stay in school.

Serving as honorary co-presidents for the event were Philippe Duval, president and CEO of the Société des alcools du Québec (SAQ), and Éric Bédard, partner at Fasken Martineau. The event's major partners were the SAQ and Quebecor.

François Chartier, sommelier and author of the best-selling book Taste Buds and Molecules, drew on his expertise in aroma science to create the menu and wine pairings, with invaluable assistance from Denise Cornellier of Cornellier Traiteur. The emcee for the evening was Winston McQuade.

"We're touched and pleased that so many business people turned out to support our youth awareness program. With these funds, our activity leaders will be able to reach even more young people, parents and care providers in the schools over the next year," explained Jean-Luc Taschereau, president, Mental Illness Foundation.

About the Mental Illness Foundation
Founded in 1980 by Dr. Yves Lamontagne, the Mental Illness Foundation has a mission to prevent mental illness in order to reduce the suffering of patients and their loved ones by mobilizing individuals and society as a whole. For more information on the Foundation, mental illness and available resources, please visit the Foundation's website at www.mentalillnessfoundation.org.

SOURCE MENTAL ILLNESS FOUNDATION

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