Proceeds from the 9th Annual Grand Cru Culinary Wine Festival to benefit Peter Munk Cardiac
Centre and McEwen Centre for Regenerative Medicine.
TORONTO, Nov. 11, 2013 /CNW/ - The 9th annual Grand Cru Culinary Wine Festival, Canada's premier wine and culinary fundraiser for medical research and
innovation, presented by Rogers, raised over $5 million net to support
groundbreaking scientific research and fund key program areas at
Toronto General Hospital and Toronto Western Hospital, UHN. Proceeds
from this year's Festival will benefit the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre and the McEwen Centre for Regenerative Medicine where funds will be used collaboratively for research in heart,
arthritis, vision and diabetes. Since its inception in 2005, the
Festival has now raised more than $16.4 million dollars.
For Festival Pass Holders, the event took place November 1 and 2. More
than 2,000 guests were in attendance at the Halpern Portfolio Wine
Tasting on Friday, November 1 at the Allstream Centre. In addition,
over 600 guests attended the sold-out Grand Cru Culinary Wine Festival
Live Auction later that evening, where 55 unique experiential and
luxury lots, including rare wines, raised over $1 million. Highlights
included the all new 2014 Range Rover Sport Autobiography: The Most
Dynamic Land Rover Yet, which sold for $125,000; an Up Close and
Personal one-of-a-kind experience with Polar Bears in Churchill,
Manitoba went for $27,000; and a three-night stay for two couples at
Castello di Ama, plus three (3) 9L bottles, went for $60,000. This and
other packages were so popular they sold twice.
Grand Cru Founder and Co-Chair Todd Halpern and Co-Chairs Cheryl McEwen
and Anthony S. Fell were at the Live Auction event at the Allstream
Centre on Friday, November 1, accompanied by a star-studded line-up of
attendees including Goldie Hawn (The Banger Sisters, Town & Country), Kiefer Sutherland (24, Touch) and Eric Braeden (The Young and the Restless). They were also joined by Kevin Frankish, Breakfast Television
Co-host, who acted as the Emcee for the Grand Cru Culinary Wine
Festival Live Auction that evening.
On November 2nd, the Grand Cru Exclusive Wine & Dine Experience dinners took place. Top
chefs including Daniel Boulud, Mark McEwan and Massimo Capra
collaborated with acclaimed vintners such as Château Latour, Château
Margaux and Antinori to create customized dinner menus and wine
pairings in 30 spectacular private homes across the city for guests.
Each home also hosted a world-renowned University Health Network
"Now in its 9th year, Grand Cru has truly become a signature event for the University
Health Network and has garnered the loyal support of sponsors,
supporters and international guests," said Todd Halpern, Founder and
Co-Chair, Grand Cru Culinary Wine Festival. "Year after year, we
continue to surpass our own expectations - and this year's Festival was
no different. We are so grateful to the star UHN physicians and
researchers, chefs, vintners and supporters that keep coming back to
support the Festival year after year," continued Mr. Halpern.
Additional Festival sponsors included Miele and Grand Touring Automobiles.
For further information about Grand Cru, including a full list of
sponsors, participating hosts, chefs, wine estates and UHN scientists,
please visit www.grandcru.ca.
You can also follow the Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation on
Twitter at @tgwhf or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/tgwhf. For Grand Cru-related communications, use #GrandCru2013.
ABOUT TORONTO GENERAL & WESTERN HOSPITAL FOUNDATION
Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation (TGWHF) raises funds for
research, education and the enhancement of patient care at Toronto
General Hospital and Toronto Western Hospital as well as for their
respective research arms, Toronto General Research Institute and
Toronto Western Research Institute. The Foundation's vision is to
enable global leadership and innovation in healthcare by developing and
sustaining strong relationships with University Health Network
Image with caption: "Presented by Rogers, the stars came out to support the Grand Cru Culinary Wine Festival, Canada's premier wine and culinary fundraiser for medical research and innovation at UHN, on Friday, November 1, 2013 during the Grand Cru Live Auction. (Left to right) Cheryl McEwen, Grand Cru Co-Chair, Kiefer Sutherland, Goldie Hawn, Eric Braeden, Todd Halpern, Founder and Co-Chair, Grand Cru Culinary Wine Festival. (CNW Group/Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131111_C5953_PHOTO_EN_33183.jpg
Image with caption: "In one of 30 private homes, three-Michelin star Chef Gilles Goujon from Auberge du Vieux Puits in Fontjoncouse, France prepared a sumptuous feast for his Grand Cru guests on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at the Exclusive Wine and Dine Experience. (CNW Group/Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131111_C5953_PHOTO_EN_33174.jpg
Image with caption: "Held biannually, the 2013 Grand Cru Culinary Wine Festival Live Auction featured 55 exceptional lots, including: rare wines, luxury items and one-of-a-kind experiences, raising over $1 million for the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre and the McEwen Centre for Regenerative Medicine where funds will be used collaboratively for research in heart, arthritis, vision and diabetes. (CNW Group/Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131111_C5953_PHOTO_EN_33182.jpg
SOURCE: Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation
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