TORONTO, Jan. 23, 2019 /CNW/ - With the start of a new year, Sean St. John and other supporters of Right To Play's fundraising event, The Heroes Gala, are looking ahead to another successful fundraising event in 2019.
The 2018 edition of the star-studded gala was held in October and raised a new record sum of $2.825 million to protect, empower and educate children through play. During the event, two exceptional Canadians were recognized for their support of children's rights including Olympic Gold Medalist and Right To Play Ambassador Caroline Ouellette and Louis Vachon, president and chief executive officer of National Bank.
"We have an amazing group of leaders from across Canada coming together to help children rise above adversity," said Kevin Frey, Chief Executive Officer of Right To Play, "We are so honoured to share with them our message that every child should be protected, educated and empowered, and to draw on their support to make that a reality. The Heroes Gala is critical for raising the funds to support the 1.9 million children across 15 countries who learn vital life skills in Right To Play programs."
One of Toronto's biggest annual fundraising events, Right To Play's The Heroes Gala paid tribute for a second year to the outstanding accomplishments of youth who participate in Right To Play programs around the world, including one from Rwanda and one from Whitefish River First Nation. The Heroes Gala was attended by more than 1,100 guests and was made possible by title sponsors Power Corporation of Canada and National Bank of Canada. The event featured the presence of many high profile leaders and athletes as guests were treated to special performances by Cirque du Soleil and Sean Jones.
"What has been so gratifying has been the positive way the community across Canada has responded to our message and mission," said Frey.
Frey also commended the efforts of advisory board leaders like Sean St. John, Executive Vice President, Co-Head of Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities Group at National Bank, who co-chaired The Heroes Gala 2018 edition.
"We were honored to be a part of The Heroes Gala, and seeing its success was incredibly rewarding," says Sean St. John.
The executive says he encourages community participation as a pillar of success among his colleagues at National Bank.
Sean St. John further comments, "I am proud of our team for participating in such a great cause. We are already looking forward to 2019 and ensuring another great event."
About Right To Play
Right To Play is a global organization that protects, educates and empowers children to rise above adversity using play. By harnessing play, one of the most powerful and fundamental forces in a child's life we help 1.9 million children each week to stay in school and out of work, to prevent life-threatening diseases like HIV and malaria and to stay safe from exploitation and abuse. We are the only global development organization focused exclusively on using play to transform the lives of children and youth impacted by poverty, war, disease and inequality. Established in 2000, Right To Play has headquarters in Toronto, Canada and has programs in 15 countries across Africa, Asia, the Middle East and North America.