A new record of $691,365 net for the Fondation du CHUM Gourmet Dinner

MONTREAL, June 10, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - The atmosphere was bathed in festivities this past Tuesday, the 9th of June at the 17th edition of the Gourmet Dinner for the Fondation du Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal (CHUM). Some 300 guests from the worlds of business, of medicine and of the arts gathered together for this prestigious event for the benefit of the CHUM, one of North America's premier teaching hospitals.

Emceed by Judi Richards and under the honorary presidency of Suzanne and Yves Des Groseillers, the evening gala saw a record total of $691,365 net raised for the purpose of helping to give the best in health care to patients at the hospital.

For the president of the board of the Fondation du CHUM, Marie-Berthe Des Groseillers and Jo-Anne Hudon Duchesne, Interim General Director, the event held special meaning this year. "We want to highlight the exemplary efforts of the CHUM staff, who were present with us in greater numbers than ever; in addition, we want to pay tribute to our volunteer spokesman, Yvon Deschamps. In view of this truly record contribution that will be delivered to the hospital, we can say with assurance: mission accomplished!"

Thanks to the great number of donors and partners, the Gourmet Dinner enables the Fondation to carry on its commitment toward the CHUM in terms of the purchase of new cutting-edge equipment, advances in innovative research projects and support for teaching and initiatives in health promotion.

On the move toward the new CHUM
"This evening is a perfect illustration of the tie that binds the CHUM and its Fondation, for both are dedicated to patient well-being," declared Dr. Jacques Turgeon, CEO of the CHUM. "I am delighted to see people from all walks of life working together for the outreach of our hospital, a champion of health care in Quebec."

Only a few months away from welcoming patients into the new hospital, several persons saw the importance of being present to celebrate this pivotal moment in CHUM's history and to support the Fondation's capital campaign Giving ourselves the best in health care.

The Fondation du CHUM is especially grateful to the honorary presidents and co-president of the 2015 Gourmet Dinner, Suzanne and Yves Des Groseillers, as well as Serge Savard. Many thanks too to the evening's sponsors, Brault & Martineau, Thibault, Messier, Savard et Associés and la Société des alcools du Québec.

About the Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal (CHUM) and its Fondation
The Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal (CHUM) provides priority service in highly specialized health care to an adult clientele from both the region and beyond in all branches of medicine. It is the main hub for development and knowledge transfer through its integrated activities of care, education, research, evaluation of new technologies and health intervention methods, including quality, health promotion and patient experience. Beginning in 2016, the CHUM will offer a renewed hospital experience in its new facilities in downtown Montreal. The CHUM is affiliated with the Université de Montréal and an active member of its Réseau universitaire intégré de santé (RUIS). chumontreal.qc.ca

The Fondation du CHUM, whose mission involves ensuring complementary financing resources for its hospital, considers patients to be the focal point of its commitment. Thus, its support helps to make the CHUM a point of reference on an international scale in terms of health care, research, teaching and the promotion of health. Since its inception in 1998, the Fondation has provided more than $120M thanks to the generosity of donors. It also counts on the support of its Cliniques Santévoyage and Santépréventive where 100% of the profits are turned over directly to it. Let's give ourselves the very best in health care. fondationduchum.com

Additional photos are available upon request.


SOURCE Fondation du CHUM

Image with caption: "Dr Jacques Turgeon (CHUM), Marie-Berthe Des Groseillers (Fondation du CHUM), Serge Savard (TMSA), Suzanne et Yves Des Groseillers (BMTC), Judi Richards, Yvon Deschamps (Fondation du CHUM), Jo-Anne Hudon Duchesne (Fondation du CHUM), Me Daniel Johnson (Fondation du CHUM) (CNW Group/Fondation du CHUM)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20150610_C8534_PHOTO_EN_17877.jpg

For further information: Mariane Bouvette, Fondation du CHUM, mariane.bouvette.chum@ssss.gouv.qc.ca | 514 890-8077, ext. 33137


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