The Montréal Passion Vin Weekend of Festivities Raises a Net $1,544,010 for the Future Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont Integrated Cancer Centre

Montreal, November 17, 2016 – The 15th edition of the Montréal Passion Vin ( benefit, held on November 4th and 5th at the Bonaventure Hotel, came to a brilliant conclusion in the presence of some 600 guests: A record $1,544,010 net was raised by the Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont (HMR) Foundation in support of the Integrated Cancer Centre project. Festivities kicked off on Thursday, November 3rd, with the À Votre Santé! benefit, which raised $232,355 net.

This superb 2016 cuvée brings the total of funds raised for the future Integrated Cancer Centre to $9.5M of the $12M objective. “We feel proud, moved and grateful. We owe this immense success to the unwavering support of our presenting partner, the SAQ, as well as to our major donor partner, Manulife. We also owe it to the immense generosity of the winemakers, who introduce us to such exceptional wines. We also wish to express our most sincere gratitude to our faithful participants, to the donors, to the Organizing Committee, to our volunteers and to all of our partners. Thank you and congratulations,” said Ms. Lucie Drapeau, Executive Director of the HMR Foundation.

Organized by the HMR Foundation and co-chaired by Mr. Mathieu Duguay, President of COGIR Real Estate and Mr. Martin Gauthier, President and Senior Partner at Sid Lee Montréal, Montréal Passion Vin is recognized as the largest wine tasting event of its kind nationwide. It has allowed the most seasoned wine lovers to taste some extraordinary vintages, in the company of the owners and directors of some of the most renowned châteaux and estates of France, Italy and California.

“For 15 years, the SAQ has enthusiastically supported this gathering, which has become an essential part of the Montreal wine scene. We are proud to present renowned cuvées and prestigious vintages to support the HMR Foundation. I wish to thank the producers and all of the participants for their generosity and for contributing to the health and well-being of Quebeckers,” mentioned Mr. Alain Brunet, President and CEO of the Société des alcools du Québec.

The next edition of Montréal Passion Vin will be held on October 27 and 28, 2017. Faithful wine enthusiasts can subscribe to our newsletter on the event website at in order to be the first to know about upcoming programming.

À Votre Santé! THE BUBBLIEST Event in Montreal, with Dominique Michel and her Guests

Hosted by Virginie Coossa, the 5th edition of À Votre Santé! gathered some 400 guests at Agora Hydro-Québec. Surrounded by Lulu Hughes, Mai Duong and several other friends from the entertainment world, volunteer spokesperson Dominique Michel celebrated five years of remission: “I am so gratified to see this many people support our cause. If I am in remission today, I owe it all to the excellent care provided by the doctors at the Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont. Every donation brings us closer to our objective. Thank you so much for your support.”

The event’s honorary president Ms. Sylvie Marois, Vice-President and Managing Director, Quebec Region, BMO Private Banking, stated: “Contributing to community life is one of BMO’s deep-rooted values. We are moved by the human approach of the future Integrated Cancer Centre and we are proud to support the improvement of care for cancer patients in east end Montreal.” The HMR Foundation wishes to thank the Organizing Committee and its president, Ms. Louise Sanscartier, Corporate Director. The next edition of À Votre Santé! will be held on October 26, 2017.

Our Cause: The Future HMR Integrated Cancer Centre

There are more cancer cases in east end Montreal than in the rest of Metropolitan Montreal. The HMR needs a new facility that will enable it to provide even more effective care to a greater number of patients. The cost of the Integrated Cancer Centre is estimated à $32M, $12M of which will be provided by the HMR Foundation and its donors. The Centre will be appointed with ultramodern equipment and facilities in order to meet the growing needs of the hospital more effectively. A veritable human and medical breakthrough, it will place the patient at the heart of all care. It will be the only centre in Quebec to offer cutting-edge cellular therapy treatment.

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Information :

Sylvie Rousseau – Conseillère principale aux communications, Fondation HMR 

Phone 514 252-3435 / Cell. : 514 602-2735 /

Josée Mercier – Conseillère aux communications, Fondation HMR

Phone : 514 252-3435 / Cell. : 514 771-8036 /

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