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October 29, 2012

Celebration of Hope 2012

As you may have already guessed by now, I'm a huge breast cancer supporter. I'm very proud to be affiliated with the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure.

I'm also a huge supporter of the Markham Stouffville Hospital Foundation. When I'm working (Job #1 as a Host/Producer), we do a lot of work with MSH and the Foundation. I produce their annual gala in April and we've been helping to raise money for the new expansion for years. In 2013, the new hospital will open!

One of my favourite fundraising initiatives the Foundation puts on is the annual Celebration of Hope Luncheon. Every year, it's held at the Hilton Suites in Markham and raises money for the Breast Health Centre at the hospital. Hundreds of women - and a few men - gather for a day of shopping, good food, and celebrating and honouring those who have been affected by breast cancer. Yesterday was the 24th annual event, and I was happy to volunteer my time for the cause.

One of the main forces behind this event is a great friend of mine - Allan Bell. Allan has been instrumental in the fight against breast cancer. His sister, Lesley, lost her battle much too soon, 10 years ago. Together with his mother, Betty, Allan has led the charge and been the main organizer of the Celebration of Hope for more than 20 years. He's also a wonderful fundraiser for many worthwhile causes.

This year, Allan and his mother Betty were honoured in a great way, receiving the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Award. Allan does an incredible job at always recognizing others' achievements and I was so proud of him and all of his accomplishments. To a crowd of more than 700 ladies and gentlemen on their feet, Allan accepted the award, thanking everyone for helping him in his fundraising. Such a gracious man.

Allan Bell and I at the annual Celebration of Hope Luncheon

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1 comment

  1. Allan is one of the most amazing people in the whole world. He is so generous and doesn't do it for the recognition, but just because it's the right thing to do. I truly look up to him. I'm so proud of him and Betty, they truly deserve it for all their hard work and the great things they've done for the community and for women fighting breast cancer everywhere. Love them. <3


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