MONTREAL, Sept. 6, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - The Fondation du Centre
hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal (CHUM) is pleased to announce
the establishment of its "DNA Committee - the Future of la Fondation du
CHUM." This committee was born of the Foundation's wish to create a
strong sense of attachment to its cause among a new generation of
donors and satisfy their desire to support this important hospital
centre, one of North America's largest.
The mission of the committee members will be to organize fundraising
activities to raise awareness and educate their peers in the vital role
played by the CHUM, thus encouraging others to help in the goal of
providing the best possible patient care, for the benefit of present
and future generations.
"I am pleased to see that young people of Generation Y, of which our
children are part, have made this decision to play an active role in
fundraising for the Foundation," said Ékram Antoine Rabbat, President
and CEO of the Fondation du CHUM. "The creation of this committee
represents an important step, since it opens the doors of the world of
philanthropy to the donors of the future. These young people want to
contribute to the well-being of CHUM patients by taking concrete
actions. That's something to celebrate."
Added Mélanie Joly, Associate Director at Cohn & Wolfe and a member of
the Foundation's board: "I have been saying for a long time that my
generation wants to become more socially engaged. Now here's the
A dozen young women and men from diverse cultural backgrounds and
professions have answered the call to form this mosaic of committed
people. "Whether disease affects us directly, or from afar, we are all
aware of the importance of health in our lives. When people are sick,
it's essential that they get quality care," said the co-chairs of the
DNA Committee, Georgia Antonopoulos and Benoit Lacoste Bienvenue. "So
we chose to support the Fondation du CHUM by holding events that will
appeal to our generation."
Yvon Deschamps, volunteer spokesperson for the Fondation du CHUM, has
also expressed enthusiasm for the committee. "We're always hearing that
today's young people don't like to give, and that they're princes and
princesses with no philanthropic spirit. Well, it seems we're wrong.
As my wife Judi says, it warms the heart to see young people showing
such a great example in supporting the Foundation. Maybe generosity is,
after all, in the genes of every individual, as demonstrated by the
members of this committee."
October 12: DNA Experience, the first Urban Ball of the DNA Committee
The newly formed DNA Committee is already preparing its first benefit
evening, to be called DNA Experience. A cool and sophisticated urban
ball, it will take place on Friday, October 12 at Espace Griffintown.
"For the occasion, the room will be completely transformed, and the
guests will be immersed in a setting that perfectly reflects the style
of the new CHUM and the visionary spirit of the committee," said
Anne-Marie Côté, director of benefit activities for the Fondation du
CHUM. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the evening will go
toward our hospital centre."
For more information on DNA Experience, visit our website: http://fondationduchum.com/en/experienceadn
About the DNA Committee - the Future of la Fondation du CHUM
The DNA Committee - the Future of la Fondation du CHUM is made up of a
mosaic of dynamic young professionals committed to making a real
difference in the lives of CHUM patients, through activities organized
annually by and for their peers. All funds collected at these events
will contribute to the acquisition of technological equipment, to
excellence in teaching and research, the promotion of better health and
continuous improvement of the care provided to CHUM patients. The
committee's objective is to raise awareness among their peers of the
cause of the Foundation and satisfy their desire to contribute to the
well-being of the hospital's patients. The DNA Committee firmly
believes that generosity can indeed be found in the genes of every
Visit our web site: fondationduchum.com/en/comiteadn or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.
SOURCE: Fondation du CHUM
For further information:
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