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The MUHC Foundation’s Bal Rouge raises $2 million for infection and immunity research


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MONTREAL, May 28, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — After two years, The Red Ball was back with a vengeance. This year’s spirited edition raised funds for MI4, McGill’s Interdisciplinary Initiative in Infectious and Immune Diseases. The glamorous event, attended by 520 guests and held on Friday, May 27 at Montreal’s iconic Windsor Station, was a visual and gastronomic delight. It has brought together a powerhouse of individuals and philanthropic corporations determined to ensure that Quebec is at the forefront of infection and immunity research.

“I am delighted to have co-chaired the first The Red Ball since the start of the pandemic. We have all been through hardships over the past two years, and it is fitting, reunited after so long, that we pay tribute to the scientists who have protected us.

– Ivan Vella The Red Ball Co-President and CEO, Aluminum, Rio Tinto

“A strong and sustainable healthcare system is essential to the well-being of our community – the pandemic has taught us what happens when resources are depleted. As co-chairman of The Red BallI’m proud to have helped raise vital funds to support infectious disease research.

–Melanie Bernier, The Red Ball Co-President and Senior Vice-President and Chief Legal Officer, PSP Investments

“My co-chairs and I are very grateful to the many guests and donors of The Red Ball. Together, we will have a transformative impact on infectious disease research in Montreal. »

– Ian L. Edwards, The Red Ball Co-Chairman of the Board and President and Chief Executive Officer, SNC-Lavalin

The MUHC Foundation’s signature gala paid tribute to the work of Dr. Donald Sheppard. Dr. Sheppard is the founding director of MI4 and has been instrumental in the response to COVID-19 in Montreal, Quebec and Canada.

“I founded MI4 because we knew the next pandemic was coming and we had to be ready. None of us would have guessed it would happen so soon. With the support of the MUHC Foundation and its generous donors, we were able to mobilize immediately. I am extremely grateful for the Foundation’s support.

– Dr. Don Sheppard, Founding Director, MI4

MI4 was created in 2017 to deal with the global threat of infection. Today, it brings together more than 250 researchers and 5,000 staff from a wide range of fields to find solutions to humanity’s deadliest puzzles: tuberculosis, COVID-19 and the growing threat of drug resistance. antibiotics.

MUHC Foundation raises $60 million for MI4 as part of its $200 million dream big campaign to change the course of life and medicine. With the generous help of the MUHC Foundation, MI4 supports translational research to prevent, cure and eliminate major infectious and immune threats to human health.

“We are thrilled to bring back our signature gala after years of uncertainty. We are proud to have created an event that not only revived the city’s social scene, but also raised over a million dollars to fight the infectious diseases that threaten our world Thank you to our sponsors, donors and guests for your generosity.

Julie QuennevillePresident and CEO, MUHC Foundation

Since its inaugural event in 2016, The Red Ball has raised over $5 million to support excellence in patient care, research and teaching at the McGill University Health Centre. This one-of-a-kind event supported surgical innovation, cardiovascular care, ophthalmology and more to keep our community healthy.

Media Contacts

Tarah SchwartzDirector, Communications and MarketingMcGill University Health Center Foundation[email protected]

Kelly AlbertCommunications OfficerMcGill University Health Center Foundation[email protected]

About the McGill University Health Center FoundationThe McGill University Health Center (MUHC) Foundation raises funds to support excellence in patient care, research and teaching at the McGill University Health Center, one of Canada’s top teaching hospitals. Our dream big The Campaign to Change Lives and Medicine is raising millions of dollars to solve humanity’s deadliest puzzles: infectious diseases; ending cancer as a life-threatening disease; mend broken hearts through innovative cardiac care; early detection of ovarian and endometrial cancers; helping Canadians breathe easier through innovative respiratory care; and create the best qualified healthcare teams in Canada. We mobilize our entire community to solve the world’s most complex health problems. Together, under the same umbrella, the MUHC Foundation and the Lachine Hospital Foundation are also dreaming big for a new, expanded Lachine Hospital.

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The MUHC Foundation’s Bal Rouge raises $2 million

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Source: MUHC Foundation