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Toronto galas raise funds for Canadian Film Centre, Trillium Health Partners

The CFC rings in its 30th year, while the Laugh Out Loud Gala raises money for a Mississauga hospital

Jay Leno makes a statement with his arrival at the Trillium Health Partners 2018 Laugh Out Loud Gala in Toronto.

Canadian Film Centre Gala, Toronto

On Feb. 15, the Canadian Film Centre hosted its most important annual fundraising event at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Toronto, celebrating the CFC's past and looking to its future. It also served as a fitting kickoff for the advanced film school's 30th anniversary year. Legendary director Norman Jewison, the CFC's founder, was there in spirit and in video form, too: Before dinner, via projection, he sent his best wishes from California to supporters in chilly Toronto. Seated beside me was Jewison's son, Michael, who was visiting from Los Angeles for the big event with his wife, Anita. We were the guests of CFC board member Kate Alexander Daniels and her husband, David Daniels. Co-chairs Slawko Klymkiw, the CFC's CEO, and Christina Jennings, chair of the centre's board, spoke about the great opportunities the centre has afforded Canadian film creators since its foundation in 1988, and the work being done, with financial support from fundraisers such as this one, to advance the careers of the next generation of screen and digital industry creatives in this country.

Sarah Gadon and Don McKellar.

Dani Kind and Amanda Brugel.

Michael Jewison.

Trillium Health Partners 2018 Laugh Out Loud Gala, Toronto

Scanning patients via MRI for diseases such as breast and prostate cancers, brain disorders and spinal-cord injuries is no laughing matter, nor is the fact that, with a growing and aging population, the demand for these scans and the machines that take them is higher than ever. At Trillium Health Partners hospital in Mississauga, 650,000 diagnostic scans are performed each year, but more are needed. On Feb. 10, to help raise funds for a much-needed new machine, the hospital held the 2018 instalment of the annual Laugh Out Loud Gala, headlined by U.S. late-night icon Jay Leno. He joins a growing list of comedic names including Russell Peters, Martin Short and James Corden who have all graced the stage for the cause. The few hundred guests in attendance together raised an impressive $1.5-million, money that will go toward a new MRI machine.

Michelle DiEmanuele, president and CEO, Trillium Health Partners, Steve Hoscheit, president and CEO of Trillium Health Partners Foundation, and his wife, Lynn.

Event co-chair Maria Finelli and Pat Finelli.

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