The Bal des tannants for The Children's raises a record $1.5 million
Over 700 Quebecers attended the sold-out Bal des tannants for The Children’s held on May 12. The most anticipated event of Montreal’s social season raised a record $1.5 million for the Hospital’s Healthy Kids Fund.
The Ball’s Honourary Co-presidents were the dream team of Isabelle Marcoux, Chair of the Board, Transcontinental Inc., and Kim Thomassin, Executive Vice President and Head of Quebec, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec.
"The ball brought together a fantastic mix of people with one aim: to help sick children," said Isabelle Marcoux. "I thank everyone who attended for their tremendous generosity and for making the Bal des tannants such a great success once again this year."
"It is an honour to support The Children’s. The Hospital makes a profound difference in the lives of tens of thousands of sick children and their families. Thank you to everyone who came together to support this important cause,” said Kim Thomassin.
Guests danced the night away
A glamorous crowd of business and community leaders, philanthropists, government ministers and other generous Quebecers attended the ‘fun’draiser held at Hangar Starlink Aviation.
The venue was transformed into a magical ballroom for this singular event hosted by Ben Mulroney. Guests enjoyed a delicious menu created by Ristorante Beatrice and live music by Paul Chacra’s 1945 Band. An after-party with DJ YO-C had revelers dancing into the wee hours of the morning.
The dress code was glamorous with a touch of 'brattiness.'
Sure, guests modeled elegant gowns and tuxedos but were encouraged to do so with a childish twist! Think sticky lollipops in updos, sunglasses that would make Elton John jealous, Hawaiian shirts with bow ties and mismatched shoes.
Partygoers revealed their mischievous nature for good cause – The Children’s young patients. It was a fun celebration of brattiness because we all know a bratty kid is a healthy kid…long live little brats!
Going, going, gone!
This year’s edition sold out quickly, thanks to our Honourary Co-presidents and the Ball’s Partnerships Committee, helmed by the formidable duo of Sharon Stern, Eastmore Management and Véronique Black, American Iron & Metal (AIM).
Dignitaries present: Ms. Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Christian Dubé, Minister of Health, Mr. Pierre Fitzgibbon, Minister of the Economy, Innovation and Energy.
A heartfelt thank you to our sponsors!
Thank you to our cocktail reception and special mocktail sponsor, CGI.
The Children’s Foundation thanks: American Iron & Metal (AIM), Banque Nationale, McCall MacBain Foundation, Pfizer, and Sun Life Canada for supporting the Awards of Excellence, a proud annual tradition that recognizes the exceptional contributions made by hospital staff and volunteers to help sick children and their families.
We are also deeply grateful to the generous members of the business community who sponsored an Innovation table: Bell, BMO Groupe financier, CAE, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, CIBC, Converium Capital, Corporation Fiera Capital, CN, Davies, HSBC Bank Canada, iA Groupe financier, Intact Corporation financière inc., Jarislowsky Fraser, KPMG, Le Groupe Perry Shak de RBC Dominion valeurs mobilières, McCarthy Tétrault, Mouvement Desjardins, PwC Canada, RBC Banque Royale, Rogers Communications, Saputo inc, SNC-Lavalin, Groupe Banque TD, TC Transcontinental inc.
And to all our Courage table sponsors: ALRE, Banque Scotia, Boscus Canada, Zorina & Richard Brotto & Family, Fayer Family Foundation, Flairstech inc, Centre de Camion Gamache, Group Park Avenue, Plusgrade, Power Corporation of Canada, Scotia Wealth Management, Transpro Industries
“I am overwhelmed at the outpouring of generosity for our young patients. On behalf of The Children's Foundation, our heartfelt thanks go to Isabelle Marcoux and Kim Thomassin for their commitment and incredible generosity," said Renée Vézina, President of The Children's Foundation.
"I'd also like to highlight the indispensable contribution of Sharon Stern and Véronique Black, the Co-presidents of our Partnerships Committee, along with their committee members and our other partners and volunteers. Finally, I want to thank our guests, who really got into the spirit of the evening. Together, we reached new heights in giving the Hospital the tools it needs to find Unexpected Ways to Heal.”