$1,287,574 NET RAISED


Pierre Nelis, president of the HMR Foundation board members, Lucie Drapeau, executive director of the HMR Foundation, Dr. Denis-Claude Roy, Director of the HMR Research Centre, Sylvain Lemieux, CEO of CIUSSS de l’Est-de-l’Île-de-Montréal, Jean-Philippe Beauvais, chair of the organizing committee and vice-president of operations Plaisirs Gastronomiques, and Éric Bujold, president Private Banking 1859 – National Bank.

Montréal, November 25,

The 18th edition of the Montréal Passion Vin fundraising event drew nearly 1,250 wine enthusiasts to the Port of Montreal’s Grand Quay, on November 22nd and 23rd. The fundraising event helped raise $1,287,574 net for the Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont (HMR) Foundation. This money will help support the Reprogram History campaign, launched by spokesperson Patrice L’Écuyer, and which aims to accelerate the development of stem cell treatments at the HMR.

Patrice L’Écuyer hosted the opening ceremony on Friday, November 22nd: “Over the past 18 years, Montréal Passion Vin has distinguished itself on both the wine tasting and philanthropy stages. Since it began, the fundraising event has helped raise over $16 million in support of crucial medical breakthroughs for the people of Quebec. Thanks to your commitment and generosity, HMR doctors and researchers change lives every day through stem cell treatments.”

The success and reputation of an event like this one rely on the generosity and commitment of so many players, underlined HMR Foundation executive director Lucie Drapeau. “This weekend, all of you, participants, renowned winemakers, generous partners and dedicated volunteers, have contributed to changing lives and to reprogramming history. This means reprogramming history for current HMR patients as well as for generations to come, for your loved ones and for people across Quebec. On their behalf, I want to thank you!” The HMR Foundation wishes to express its sincere gratitude to presenting partner, the SAQ, as well as to its major donor partner, Private Banking 1859 – National Bank. Many thanks also to the Montreal Port Authority for their hospitality and invaluable collaboration.

Among the Most Prestigious Wine Industry Events

From the outset, Montréal Passion Vin has benefited from the SAQ’s generosity and expertise. “Montréal Passion Vin is undeniably one of the essential wine-tasting events of the year! The SAQ is very proud to support the HMR Foundation as part of this outstanding gathering that provides oenophiles with unforgettable wine-tasting moments while offering hope to everyone in Quebec who is battling cancer,” stated Catherine Dagenais, President and CEO of the Société des alcools du Québec.

In conjunction with the HMR Foundation, the fundraising event is organized by a committee of business leaders chaired by Jean-Philippe Beauvais, Vice-President of Operations, Plaisirs Gastronomiques. For this 18th edition, the HMR Foundation had the pleasure of welcoming eight of the most passionate members of the winemaking world: Lucie Pereyre de Nonancourt from Laurent-Perrier, Thierry Bellicaud from Domaine Laroche and Maison Champy, Jean Trimbach from Trimbach, Jean-Philippe Delmas from Château Haut-Brion, Nathalie Boisset and Jean-François Curie from Domaine de la Vougeraie, Barbara Sandrone from Luciano Sandrone and Nicolas Glumineau from Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande.

Reprogram history: Every day, stem cell treatments change lives.

Stems cells carry a natural strength within them. It is this power that is harnessed for cellular therapy. These “living drugs” work more effectively and have fewer side effects than traditional treatments, and they help cure serious diseases that have been incurable until now such as certain cancers and soon they will help to cure kidney or eye diseases, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease. Cellular therapy represents one of the greatest medical breakthroughs of the 21st century.

Decades of work and investments, recruitment of specialized professionals and the ongoing financial support of the HMR Foundation, which has donated $35 million to support medical breakthroughs over the years, have enabled the HMR to develop world-renowned medical expertise, leading to its recent designations as a Hematology-Oncology and Cellular Therapy University Institute. However, this research requires significant and ongoing means to keep moving forward. The funds raised by the HMR Foundation will provide the HMR Research Centre with the much-needed space, equipment and resources to build its capacity to translate these discoveries into new treatments for even more patients.

About the HMR Foundation

As a key partner for the past 40 years, the HMR Foundation has supported the Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont (HMR) in its strategic development orientations in order to respond more effectively to patient needs. Deeply committed to making a difference, the Foundation supports projects focusing on the ongoing improvement of patient care, the development of teaching and the expansion of research. The Foundation solicits the financial support of individual donors, private foundations, partners and corporations. Collectively, they recognize the excellence of care provided to patients at the HMR, an outstanding hospital centre affiliated with the Université de Montréal.

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Chloée Bernos – Senior Coordinator, Communications, Foundation HMR

Tél. 514 252-3435 / cbernos@fondationhmr.ca

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