Up Close and Personal with Alan Thicke and Bret ‘Hitman’ Hart


On Thursday, June 13, guests at the Bell presents Ability & Beyond Gala will be inspired by the multi-talented Canadian legend Alan Thicke, and hear from special guest Bret ‘Hitman’ Hart, spokesperson for Stroke Recovery Canada®, a program of March of Dimes Canada. The dinner, in support of Stroke Recovery Canada® is taking place at the InterContinental Toronto Centre.

There will be a reception from 5:30pm – 6:30pm, the dinner will start at 6:45pm and Mr. Thicke will be speaking at approximately 8:30pm.

The Ability & Beyond Gala 2013’s speaker will focus on healthy living and aging well. The evening will present a unique opportunity for guests to be ‘up close and personal’ with Alan Thicke, who will share his experiences with aging, illness in the family and his life in Hollywood. The evening will be hosted by Global Toronto anchor Carolyn MacKenzie. Acclaimed singer Brian Melo will sing the national anthem.

In addition, sponsor Shoppers Home Health Care will be honoured with March of Dimes Canada’s Corporate Spirit Award for their long-time support of the organization. Dr. Michael Fehlings, Medical Director of the Krembil Neuroscience Centre and Dr. John Esdaile, the Scientific Director of the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada will both be honoured with the Jonas Salk Award for their significant achievements in the field of neuroscience and clinical epidemiology and rheumatic disease research respectively.

All proceeds benefit Peers Fostering Hope, which is also supported by the Dr. Ed & Bobby Yielding Fund for Stroke Recovery. Dr. Ed Yielding’s generous bequest will help other survivors to thrive in their recovery.

Peers Fostering Hope, an initiative of Stroke Recovery Canada®, seeks to help bridge the gap between hospital and community, sending qualified, trained volunteers, who are also stroke survivors, to visit people in the hospital who have recently had a stroke. Peers Fostering Hope is currently underway at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Humber River Regional Hospital, WestPark, St. John’s Rehabilitation Institute Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, Toronto Western Hospital, and Lakeridge Health.

The Gala will also include a live and silent auction. Attendees will be able to bid on exciting trips, sports memorabilia and home appliances, among many other exciting items.

The evening’s co-chairs are Shoppers Drug Mart EVP of Operations Paul Damiani, his wife Rosie, and the President of Edgewater Financial Group Inc. Scott Beckett and his wife Kelly.

Bell is the presenting sponsor, sanofi-pasteur and sanofi-aventis the Jonas Salk Award sponsor, the invitation and print sponsor is Shoppers Home Health Care, the magazine sponsor is Dolce, the red carpet sponsor is Inspire Cosmetics, the photo booth sponsor is PHOTO Funtastic and the Air Canada Foundation is the airline sponsor. Global Toronto is the media sponsor and the Toronto Sun the print sponsor. St. Joseph Estates is supplying the evening’s wines.

To purchase tickets, or for more information on the dinner, please visit www.marchofdimes.ca/gala