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Daffodil Ball 2023 Bloomed for a Great Cause and Raised $1.7M

Daffodil Ball 2023 Bloomed for a Great Cause and Raised $1.7M

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On Thursday, April 20, the 30th edition of the Canadian Cancer Society‘s Daffodil Ball was held at Montreal’s Windsor Station. This must-attend event for movers and shakers of the city was in a breathtaking setting under the theme of light – Lumissima.

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Thanks to the generosity of guests and donors, the Ball raised $1,709,750 this year! The money will be invested in Quebec-based cancer research, and the support and prevention initiatives of the Canadian Cancer Society. Over the past 30 years, the Daffodil Ball has raised a total of $42.9 million.

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Isabelle Racicot and Claudia Marques | © Mario Leblanc

Co-hosted by Isabelle Racicot and Claudia Marques, the event attracted near 500 guests from the business, political and artistic worlds; including Premier François Legault, Quebec Health Minister, Christian Dubé, Robert Charlebois, Claude Meunier, Virginie Coossa, Pauline Marois, Claude Blanchet, Jean Charest and Nicolas Duvernois.

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Philippe Jetté, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cogeco; Liette Guertin, Director, Leadership & Corporate Giving and Head of the Daffodil Ball for the Canadian Cancer Society; Susan McPeak, Board member, CCS, Andrea Seale, CEO of the Canadian Cancer Society; Isabelle Brais; Francois Legault, Premier of Québec; Mélina Poirier, an architectural technician in remission from breast cancer; and the Co-Chairs of the Ball: Sylvie Demers, Chair, Québec Market, TD Bank Group; Julie Godin, Co-Chair of the CGI Board of Directors and Executive Vice-President, Strategic Planning and Corporate Development; and Benoit Lacoste Bienvenue, Regional Managing Partner, Quebec Region, KPMG © Mario Leblanc

Guests were treated to: a Cirque du Soleil: Echo act specifically created for the occasion;

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Echo | © Mario Leblanc

a Daffodil Moment with Mélina Poirier, a young woman who was diagnosed with an aggressive breast cancer when she was 26 weeks pregnant;

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Mélina Poirier and Claudia Marques | © Mario Leblanc

a moving performance by singer-songwriter Ingrid St-Pierre

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Ingrid St-Pierre | © Mario Leblanc

accompanied by her cellist Camille Paquette-Roy;

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Camille Paquette-Roy | © Mario Leblanc

and an operatic performance by singer-songwriter Marie-Ève Côté, a 2004 constestant of Star Académie.

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Marie-Ève Côté | © Mario Leblanc

About the Daffodil Ball

Over the years, the Daffodil Ball has become the biggest cancer fundraising soirée in Canada. In a bright and spectacular décor, the Ball rallies corporate leaders and raised more than $41 million since its inception in 1994. These donations make a huge impact on the lives of people affected by cancer.

About Canadian Cancer Society

The Canadian Cancer Society works tirelessly to save and improve lives. They fund the brightest minds in cancer research. They provide a compassionate support system for all those affected by cancer, from coast to coast and for all types of cancer. As the voice for people who care about cancer, they work with governments to share a healthier society. No other organization does all that they do to makes lives better today and to transform the future of cancer forever. Help them make a difference. Call 1-888-939-3333 or visit cancer.ca today.

Website: cancer.ca/en | Facebook: @CanadianCancerSociety | Instagram: @cancersociety | LinkedIn: canadian-cancer-society | Twitter: @cancersociety

Featured image: Bita and Paolo Cattelan | © Mario Leblanc
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