Women for Women’s 2017: $530,000 raised to advance health for women!

2017-11-09 5:20:52 PM

On November 8th, Women’s College Hospital Foundation was thrilled to welcome over 900 guests to its seventh annual Women for Women’s luncheon for a life-changing conversation about women’s cancers and to raise vital funds for Women’s College Hospital, Canada’s leader in advancing healthcare for women and for all.

When all was said and done, the event had raised a record-breaking $530,000 in support of groundbreaking research, care and health system innovation at WCH. Thank you so much to all of our incredible guests, sponsors and supporters for an unforgettable day and for helping to change and save countless lives!

The photos are in and we invite you to view the gallery here!

This year, we were delighted to welcome The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, and Toronto City Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam as special guests, in addition many dedicated corporate, philanthropic and community leaders.

Held at the newly renovated Grand Ballroom in the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, guests heard from three top WCH medical leaders who delivered engaging and inspiring “Women’s Talks” – TED Talk-style presentations showcasing WCH’s different areas of impact and expertise in the field of women’s cancers.

The speakers, who included Dr. Ruth Heisey, chief of family and community medicine and medical director of the Peter Gilgan Centre for Women’s Cancers; Dr. David Urbach, surgeon-in-chief; and Dr. Danielle Martin, vice president, medical affairs and health system solutions, shared insights into the importance of knowing your family history, innovations in surgery emerging from WCH and a look at the work of the new Peter Gilgan Centre for Women’s Cancers – an unprecedented new collaboration between WCH and the Canadian Cancer Society.

In addition to the Women’s Talks, guests were also treated to a stunning performance by Juno Award winner and cancer survivor Simone Denny and a spectacular fashion show unveiling a new collection by acclaimed Canadian fashion designer David Dixon. Entitled Invincible Summer, the collection pays tribute to the strength and resilience of women facing cancer and the spirit of hope, care and compassion at WCH that supports them.

The collection also drew inspiration from a beautiful watercolour painting by Dr. John Semple, WCH surgeon and OCAD University-trained artist, which celebrates the extraordinary inner courage of women on a cancer journey. Together, David Dixon and Dr. John Semple created an exquisite silk scarf depicting the watercolour painting, which was available for purchase by guests of Women for Women’s wishing to deepen their support of WCH.

Scarves are still available for purchase! To place your order today, please click here

The incredible result of this year’s Women for Women’s showcases the power of community to save countless lives by transforming the landscape of research and care for women’s cancers on a national scale. We are deeply grateful to every guest, sponsor and supporter of Women for Women’s 2017 for helping to advance WCH’s mission to innovate and provide equitable access to healthcare for all. Thank you!

If you were a guest at this year’s Women for Women’s and would like to share your feedback, please fill out a quick survey to let us know how we did and help us do even better for our future events. We are immensely grateful to you for sharing in an exceptional day last week.

A very special thank you to our Women for Women’s 2017 Committee!

Honorary co-chair: Colleen Moorehead
Co-chair: Marlene Cepparo
Co-chair: Joanne Mealia
Co-chair: Kara Wood
Hania Amad
Adriana Bitonte-Recourt
Elizabeth Fanjoy
Jessica Gilbert
Madeleine Greenwald
Kathy Hay
Dr. Ruth Heisey
Holly Meighen
Paul Melville-Gray
Michelle Montminy Banting
Jennifer Ocampo-King
Dr. John Semple
Dr. David Urbach