Quebec, March 31, 2017 - Held last night, the 11th edition of the Bon goût à l’œuvre fundraising event was a huge success. Chaired by Donald Larose, the evening attracted 260 prominent guests – including Ministers Gaétan Barrette and François Blais – and raised a total of $ 51,885 net in support of The Arthritis Society’s programs and services in Quebec.
- Director of Laurier Québec/Place Ste-Foy/ Price Building Donald Larose agreed to act as Honorary Chair of the 11th edition of the Bon goût à l’œuvre event. Revolving around a Champagne and Castle theme, the event raised funds in support of The Arthritis Society.
- Alain Thibault, Senior Account Manager, Public Sector at Bell Business Markets, chaired the organizing committee.
- Gaétan Barrette (Minister of Health and Social Services), François Blais (Minister of Employment and Social Solidarity and Minister responsible for the Capitale-Nationale region), Assembly Members Patrick Huot, Raymond Bernier, Caroline Simard and Pierre-Paul Hus, as well as Jacques Cotton, (President and CEO of the RAMQ) were among the attendees.
- In addition to enjoying six fine champagnes, guests had the opportunity to bid on highly valued items during a silent auction, adding $10,000 to the amount initially raised through ticket sales.
“Rheumatic diseases affect people in significant ways and change their lives in many respects. […] Organizations make a big difference when they provide help and opportunities for mutual assistance in the form of sharing and support. […] Philanthropy needs to grow in Quebec.
There’s no such thing as a small donation. Any donation can make big things happen.” Health Minister Gaétan Barrette emphasized the importance of The Arthritis Society’s work and the generosity of attendees.
“There are over 100 different types of arthritis and these affect one out of every eight people. Without even knowing it, we probably all have a person close to us who is living with the disease.” Honorary Chair of the event Donald Larose is surprised by the all-too-often under-estimated prevalence of arthritis in Quebec.
“Arthritis affects people of all age groups, so you are helping younger and older people alike. Tonight, you are supporting The Society, changing the lives of people affected by rheumatic diseases.” Alain Thibault thanked attendees for their support.
“As Executive Director of The Arthritis Society – Quebec Division, I am immensely proud of our team’s accomplishments. Over the last few years, we have invested a lot in research, services and support for people living with arthritis in Quebec. […] Our next challenge is to find solutions to reduce the economic burden of additional health care services for people living with arthritis.” Eric Amar, Executive Director of The Arthritis Society – Quebec Division stressed the fact that additional health care services are crucial to improving the quality of life of people affected by arthritis.
The Arthritis Society would like to thank its sponsors:
BCF Business Law and Mario Welsh, Attorney and Managing Partner for the Québec Office; La Capitale and Jean St-Gelais, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer; Place Sainte-Foy/Laurier Québec/Price Building and Donald Larose, Director; Immeubles Roussin; National Bank; Cominar; GDI Integrated Facility Services; Pomerleau; Prestige Groupe média; Ameublements Tanguay; SAQ and all the generous donors who gave an auction prize.
Event pictures available here.
For more information about arthritis, visit arthritis.ca.
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For further information or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Diane De Bonville
The Arthritis Society – Quebec Division
Tel: 514-846-8840 ext. 2433
The Arthritis Society has been setting lives in motion for over 65 years. Dedicated to a vision of living well while creating a future without arthritis, The Society is Canada’s principal health charity providing education, programs and support to the over 4.6 million Canadians living with arthritis. Since its founding in 1948, The Society has been the largest non-government funder of arthritis research in Canada, investing over $195 million in projects that have led to breakthroughs in the diagnosis, treatment and care of people with arthritis. The Arthritis Society is accredited under Imagine Canada’s Standards Program. For more information and to make a donation, visit www.arthritis.ca.