MONTREAL, Oct. 17, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - October 16th was the date of the very first Toqué! for MS benefit. It was held in the Parquet atrium at Montreal's Centre CDP Capital. This colourful haute-cuisine event raised $444,956 for the Quebec Division of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada. Much of the success can be attributed to the collaboration of two well-known people who are both admired in their respective fields: the Honorary Chair of the event, Louis Vachon, National Bank President and CEO, and Toqué! Restaurant's Normand Laprise, Grand Chef, Relais & Châteaux.
"Thanks to the generosity of the event's benefactors and the 350 guests who participated, we can continue to fulfill our mission to fund multiple sclerosis research and improve the quality of life of the people affected by this neurological disorder," said Louis Adam, Executive Director of the MS Society's Quebec Division.
In addition to the Honorary Chair, the Toqué! for MS 2014 organizing committee included three leading business people who ably supported the cause:
Jocelyne Dallaire Légaré, President of Alfred Dallaire MEMORIA, Emilio B. Imbriglio, President and CEO of Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, and the Honourable Céline Hervieux-Payette, P.C. LL.B./Senator, Senate of Canada.
The Toqué! for MS guests enjoyed a five-course gourmet dinner featuring Quebec ingredients and local expertise while supporting the 100,000 Canadians who have multiple sclerosis and the 20,000 Quebec families that are affected by this disease.
Multiple sclerosis is the most widespread neurological disorder among young adults in Canada. It mainly strikes between the ages of 15 and 40 and its unpredictable effects are life-long. Canada has the highest rate of multiple sclerosis in the world.
For more information about the MS Society, go to mssociety.ca/qc or telephone 1 800 268-7582.
Image with caption: "(left to right) Normand Laprise, Élyse Marquis, Louis Vachon and François Coupal. (CNW Group/Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20141017_C3051_PHOTO_EN_6831.jpg
SOURCE: Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada
For further information: Jeanne Sanchez-Bradley, Communications Coordinator, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Quebec Division, 514 849-7591, extension 2245, [email protected]