Award winning international superstar Flo Rida headlines the Bay Street Grand Prix grand finale

Award winning international superstar Flo Rida at the grand finale for the Bay Street Grand Prix

Bay Street Grand Prix nets more than $400,000 for Sunnybrook’s Women & Babies program

TORONTO, July 08, 2012:  The Bay Street Grand Prix – a kart-racing extravaganza for Toronto’s top executives – has reached its goal of raising more than $400,000 for Sunnybrook’s Women & Babies Program.

International rap superstar Flo Rida and double platinum pop artist Mia Martina thrilled the audience at the gala dinner and after-party hosted by by philanthropists Andrew and Cathy DeFrancesco

“We’re so grateful for everyone who put the pedal to the metal today in support of our state-of-the-art Women & Babies Program,” says Dr. Barry McLellan, president and CEO of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. “Our goal is to invent the future of health care for the province’s tiniest patients, and events such as the Bay Street Grand Prix are helping us race toward that finish line.”

The Bay Street Grand Prix saw some of Toronto’s top executives go head-to-head to satisfy their need for speed.

Inspired by their son Devlin’s early start in life, the DeFrancescos have devoted much of their philanthropy to supporting Sunnybrook’s Women & Babies Program. Born 15 weeks early and weighing just one pound, Devlin spent four months in the neonatal intensive care unit. Today, Devlin is a healthy 12-year-old, preparing himself for a promising career as a race car driver, having won races across North America and setting his sights on Europe.

“We wanted to give back to the Women & Babies Program because of everything its team has done for our family,” said Andrew DeFrancesco.  “We’re thrilled Flo Rida and Mia Martina are closing out our big day.  They couldn’t be more enthusiastic for the event and for this wonderful program that changes the lives of so many people."  

The Bay Street Grand Prix was hosted by Honda Indy Toronto.

Glen Baxter's inaugural Right To Play Party raises $80,000 for charity

TDot TV's Sarah Sternfels attends the first-ever Right To Play Party, supporting the event’s namesake organization, and speaks with the event Host and Founder, Glen Baxter from CTV's In Fashion, Right To Play CEO and 4-time Olympic Champion Johann Koss, and veteran CTV Sportscaster Brian Williams.

 

The exclusive event took place at the private penthouse inside the Thompson Hotel in downtown Toronto. While guests took in an incredible set by celebrity DJ and model Alexandra Richards, ticket sales grossed $80,000 in donations to Right To Play. The crowd of 300 was treated to sport-themed cocktails provided by Moet, Belvedere and Hennessy, and an extensive private menu from Thompson catering.

 

The "playful" nature of the evening was brought to life by PUMA Social’s interactive games for guests. Members of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Canadian Olympic heroes celebrated the organization alongside other sports figures including Brian Williams, Eric Lindros, Curt Harnett, Brian Stemmle and Tessa Bonhomme.

 

The Right To Play Party would not have been as successful or possible without the dedicated support of Freed Developments, Thompson Hotel, PUMA, Richardson GMP, The Woodbridge Company Limited, Osler LLP, Wealhouse Capital Management, Kanish and Partners, Williamson and Williams Public Relations, Candice & Alison Luxury Events and Moet Hennessy.

 

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The Tre Armstrong Give Back Foundation

Matt Borrelli attends the launch of the "Tre’ Armstrong Give Back Foundation," a not-for-profit foundation led by dancer and choreographer Tre’ Armstrong that aims to make dance and creative artistic expression accessible to youth across Canada. 3:25

Artists for Peace and Justice 2012 Fundraiser in support of Haiti

TDot TV's Jeremy Singer takes you inside the 2012 Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ) fundraiser, and gets some thoughts from APJ Founder Paul Haggis (Director, Crash), CBC's George Stroumboulopoulos, APJ CEO David Belle, and APJ Board member Natasha Koifman.

Artists for Peace and Justice, established in early 2009, is a fundraising effort founded by Paul Haggis and friends that encourages peace and social justice and addresses issues of poverty and enfranchisement in communities around the world. The organization’s immediate goal is to build schools to serve the poorest areas of Haiti, providing an education, hot meals, clean drinking water and regular medical treatments to the children living in the slums.

Award winning international superstar Flo Rida headlines the Bay Street Grand Prix grand finale

TDot TV's Skye Collyer takes you behind the scenes at the grand finale after-party for the Bay Street Grand Prix, an extravaganza headlined by international rap superstar Flo Rida and pop sensation Mia Martina.

The Bay Street Grand Prix (a kart-racing extravaganza for Toronto’s top executives) reached its goal of raising more than $400,000 for Sunnybrook Hospital's Women & Babies Program.

Inspired by their son Devlin’s early start in life, Andy and Cathy DeFrancesco have devoted much of their philanthropy to supporting Sunnybrook’s Women & Babies Program.

Devlin was born 15 weeks early weighing just one pound and spent four months in the neonatal intensive care unit. Today, Devlin is a healthy 12-year-old, preparing himself for a promising career as a race car driver, having won races across North America and setting his sights on Europe.

The Bay Street Grand Prix was hosted by Honda Indy Toronto. 3:40