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Halifax Celebrity Roast event raises $340,000 to support Atlantic Canadians living with arthritis


Halifax, Nova Scotia – On Tuesday evening, Arthritis Society Canada hosted its 29th annual Celebrity Roast gala dinner, bringing together friends, family and business associates of honoree Cory Bell, President and CEO of Lindsay Construction – and raising $340,000 to support on-going arthritis research, programs, and the search for a cure.

Celebrity Roast 2023 honoree Cory Bell“As this year’s Celebrity Roast “roastee”, it is an honour to bring attention to this worthwhile cause and support the 1 in 4 Nova Scotians affected by the fire of arthritis”, says Cory Bell, Lindsay Construction President CEO. Widely regarded for his commitment to philanthropy and community, Cory sits on the board of directors of both the IWK Foundation and Children’s Wish Foundation. He is also an active supporter of the United Way, Habitat for Humanity and Hospice Halifax among many other non-profits including Arthritis Society Canada.

Among the more than 750 attendees present at the Halifax Convention Centre were guest roaster Mayor Mike Savage, event emcee and CTV News media personality Steve Murphy, and Trish Barbato, President and CEO, Arthritis Society Canada.

Jennifer Stewart, Trish Barbato, Cory Bell, Maddie Watts, Steve Murphy and Heather Holmes“Funds raised by the Celebrity Roast will go a long way to support vital arthritis programs and initiatives in Atlantic Canada, including Camp JoinTogether, our summer camp for children living with childhood arthritis,” says Heather Holmes, Vice President Eastern Canada, Arthritis Society Canada. “We are so thankful to see the Halifax community support our efforts to solve the challenges of arthritis, a debilitating disease that impacts 6 million Canadians of all ages and has no cure.” 


About Arthritis
Arthritis affects 1 in 5 Canadians and is a leading cause of disability. Most people, however, underestimate its seriousness. Arthritis causes excruciating pain, restricts mobility and diminishes quality of life. It impacts people of all ages, including children and more than half of people living with the disease are under age 65.

About Arthritis Society Canada 
Fueled by the trust and support of our donors and volunteers, Arthritis Society Canada is Canada’s national health charity fighting the fire of arthritis with research, advocacy, innovation, information and support. We represent the six million Canadians living with arthritis today, and the millions more who are impacted or at risk. Without action now, the number of Canadians living with arthritis will grow to nine million by 2040. Arthritis Society Canada is accredited under Imagine Canada's Standards Program. For more information, visit

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Director, Marketing and Communications
Arthritis Society Canada

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