Girl power rules Markham Stouffville Hospital cancer fundraiser

MARKHAM, ON, Nov. 1, 2016 /CNW/ - On Sunday, October 30, nearly 900 guests came together at the 28th Annual CIBC Celebration of Hope Luncheon to fight cancer at Markham Stouffville Hospital (MSH).

The Honourable Jane Philpott, MP for Markham—Stouffville, Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti, and Stouffville Mayor Justin Altmann were joined by cancer survivors, supporters, and MSH staff at the event.

CHFI Morning Show host Erin Davis emceed the event, for the 26th time.  "This is much more than a fundraiser," said Davis. "It's a gathering of the brave hearts of fighters and survivors as well as those who love them."

This year's theme London is Calling brought out the inner Girl Power in everyone. WANNABE: The Spice Girls Tribute Band brought fans back into the 90s thanks to sponsorship by Vivian Risi of Royal LePage. The event also featured live and silent auctions, boutique shopping vendors, and a fashion show.

The afternoon's events culminated with two surprise presentations to Hope Award recipients Julia Suppa and Dr. Crystal Pallister.

Long-time ROGERStv York Region producer and host, Julia Suppa has been hosting and supporting the Celebration of Hope on ROGERStv for the past ten years and has also volunteered as a CIBC Run for the Cure Run Director for six years.

MSH Surgeon Dr. Crystal Pallister was honoured – as a table full of her patients and colleagues cheered her on, for her incredible dedication to the enhancement of cancer care at MSH. Pallister was instrumental in the opening of MSH's Breast Health Centre in 2007.

The Raffle of Hope, which raised $80,000 for cancer care at MSH, came to a close Sunday when Beatrice Volino of Markham's lucky ticket was drawn for the brand new 2016 MINI Cooper Convertible generously donated by MINI Markham.

Over the past 10 years, this event has raised $2.5 million for cancer care at MSH. This year, CIBC returned for the sixth time as Title Sponsor, Hilton Toronto/Markham Suites marked its 15th year as Venue Sponsor, and Power Stream returned as Diamond Sponsor.

"This event wouldn't be possible without our generous community, volunteers, donors, and sponsors," said Suzette Strong, CEO, MSH Foundation. "Thank you to everyone for supporting cancer care close to home."

SOURCE Markham Stouffville Hospital Foundation

For further information: Melanie Anderson, Marketing & Communications Specialist, Markham Stouffville Hospital Foundation, 379 Church Street, Markham ON, W: 905.472.7373 ext.6705,,


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