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.