George Cope, President and CEO of BCE and Bell Canada, receives the 2018 Patriot Award
TORONTO, Nov. 9, 2018 /CNW/ - On November 8, 2018, the True Patriot Love Foundation's 10th annual Toronto Tribute Gala was held to honour military and Veteran families. True Patriot Love Foundation is a national charity dedicated to providing essential support and resources to Canadian military members, Veterans and their families. The Gala, which is the largest celebration in support of military and Veteran families in Canada, was attended by close to 1,000 business and community leaders, distinguished military representatives and other dignitaries, and raised over $1.3 million. The funds raised will support hundreds of local programs across the country to help military and Veteran families with the challenges associated with military service.
"At the True Patriot Love Foundation, we're incredibly inspired by the strength, courage and resiliency of military and Veteran families, and we're grateful to our partners and donors who share our commitment to providing them with the support and resources they need," said Bronwen Evans, CEO of the True Patriot Love Foundation. "We are also thrilled to present the 2018 Patriot Award to George Cope for his leadership and significant contribution to supporting Canada's military community, particularly for helping to increase access to mental health care supports and services for members of the Canadian Armed Forces, Veterans and their families."
Established in 2015, the Patriot Award is an annual award in recognition of an individual or an organization who has made an outstanding philanthropic contribution to the resilience and wellbeing of the military community and has shown exceptional efforts in raising funds and awareness for members of the Canadian Armed Forces, Veterans and their families.
"On behalf of the Bell Let's Talk team, I am honoured to accept the 2018 Patriot Award in recognition of the great partnership between the True Patriot Love Foundation and our mental health initiative," said Mr. Cope. "Together with True Patriot Love, we are committed to supporting the mental health of the military community through the Bell True Patriot Love Fund, which enables military service people, Veterans and their families to access mental health services in their own communities."
During the Gala, Mr. Cope announced this year's recipients of the Bell True Patriot Love Fund grants. The $2 million, multi-year initiative supports community mental health programs delivered through Military Family Resource Centres and other groups in communities across Canada to support serving military members, Veterans and their families. Since the launch of the Fund in 2013, 89 grants have been distributed.
For more information about the 2018 Bell True Patriot Love Fund recipients, please visit truepatriotlove.com.
About True Patriot Love Foundation
True Patriot Love Foundation (TPL) is a national charity dedicated to providing Canadian military and Veteran families with the support they need and the hope they deserve. Since 2009, TPL has provided $25 million to fund innovative research and support 750 community-based programs across the country. By addressing the unique challenges resulting from military service including mental health, physical rehabilitation, transitioning to civilian life, and the special needs of children, TPL has helped change the lives of more than 25,000 military families. For more information, visit www.truepatriotlove.com.
SOURCE True Patriot Love Foundation
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