25th Annual Gala for Crohn’s and Colitis Canada Raises $1.5M for IBD Care and Research

25th Annual Gala for Crohn’s and Colitis Canada Raises $1.5M for IBD Care and Research
The Gala for Crohn’s and Colitis Canada recently raised nearly $1.5 million for research and patient programs, bringing the event’s 25-year total to $17.5 million and counting. About 900 people attended the sold-out soirée, held at the Universal Eventspace in Vaughan, Ontario, for an evening of music, fine dining, and philanthropy. The event culminated in a performance by Grammy Award-winning vocalist Michael Bolton. Crohn’s and Colitis Canada co-founder Marilyn Finkelstein and former president Don Lebovitz each received a 2019 Lifetime Achievement award. Propelled to action by her family’s connection to IBD, Finkelstein founded the organization in 1974 with her late husband, Albert. Lebovitz developed key fundraising initiatives during his tenure with the non-profit and is now an adviser. The gala also featured a silent auction and music by iconic Canadian entertainer Randy Bachman. “The evening was a testament to how far we have come, and the support shown by donors and volunteers echoed the spirit, energy and hope that brought our Toronto gala to life 25 years ago,” Mina Mawani, the organization's president and CEO, said in a news release. “We’re forever grateful for the ongoing commitment of our community, as they’ve played an instrumental role in getting us where we are today.” Since its fo
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