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Marianne and Andrew Guizzetti (left) and Stacey and David Cynamon (right) were dressed to the nines at Sinai Health’s Fashion on the Frontlines.

Marianne and Andrew Guizzetti (left) and Stacey and David Cynamon (right) were dressed to the nines at Sinai Health’s Fashion on the Frontlines.

Fashion on the Frontlines

Close to $1 million was raised in support of Sinai Health’s highest priority needs at the inaugural Fashion on the Frontlines event last fall.

With the help of retail partners in Yorkville Village, participating Sinai Health front-line workers were outfitted with clothing that reflected their personal stories, providing an authentic look at each person behind their mask. You can watch their stories here.

Sinai Health Foundation would would like to thank all the incredible sponsors. They are especially grateful to Co-Chairs Stacey and David Cynamon, Marianne and Andrew Guizzetti, and the committee for their hard work and inspiring leadership.

Hold'emfor Life

Hold’Em for Life

Last year was an exciting Hold’em for Life Charity Challenge. Leaders across the asset management and real estate industries helped raise a record-breaking $4.5 million to support cancer research at Sinai Health, Princess Margaret Hospital and the University of Toronto.

“In 2021, Hold’em for Life was fortunate to raise more funding than ever before in support of cancer research,” said Gavin Cheung, Co-Chair of the Hold’em for Life Real Estate Event. “It was amazing to see the generosity and support of the sponsors throughout the pandemic, and most importantly, how their support directly facilitates the amazing efforts of clinical and scientific leaders within Sinai Health and our broader community.”

Since 2006, Hold’em for Life has raised more than $40 million for cancer research, including for the Hold’em for Life Oncology Fellowship Program, a collaboration with the University of Toronto that allows future scientific leaders to train with Sinai Health’s renowned cancer researchers.

Mount Sinai Classic Golf Tournament

The 27th Annual
Mount Sinai Classic

Last year’s Mount Sinai Classic Golf Tournament, presented by Equitable Bank and Peerage Capital Partners, was a terrific success, surpassing its fundraising goal by raising more than $650,000 net in support of the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute.

With necessary health and safety protocols in place, staff and players alike were able to safely enjoy a beautiful July day at Goodwood Golf Club in Stouffville, Ontario.

Since its inception 27 years ago, and thanks to generous donor support, the Mount Sinai Classic has raised almost $12 million for Sinai Health. Louis de Melo, CEO of Sinai Health Foundation, made special mention of the Chair, Brian Cohen, and executive committee, Jonathan Pollack and Shane Grosman, and the organizing committee for their dedication and leadership.


The 10th anniversary of The Great Jewellery Heist, presented by BMO

Since its inception, "Heist" as raised nearly $3 million for Hennick Bridgepoint Hospital — an incredible accomplishment for our attendees, sponsors and donors.

Last year’s edition at The Power Plant was a unique and interactive event showcasing an in-person and online bespoke jewellery auction. This event highlighted the impactful programs, facilities and care Hennick Bridgepoint Hospital provides every day.

Heist’s 10th anniversary also celebrated long-time supporters and key milestones at Hennick Bridgepoint Hospital over the past decade.

Sinai Health Foundation recognizes Chairs Janice O’Born, Andrew Pringle and Isabelle Fish, and Honourary Chair Salah Bachir and committee for their hard work and success.

Happy families enjoying their backTObrunch experience.

Happy families enjoying their backTObrunch experience.


In its inaugural year, backTObrunch raised more than $70,000 in support of Sinai Health’s Frances Bloomberg Centre for Women’s and Infants’ Health. The event brought friends and families together for a unique picnic experience, where participants enjoyed a delicious, curated picnic box in the comfort of their homes or backyards.

BackTObrunch stems from founder and Co-Chair Rebecca Risen’s experiences delivering her children at Mount Sinai Hospital. While both deliveries had unanticipated complications, today both babies and mom are healthy and happy. Working with Co-Chair Zack Belzberg, Risen saw backTObrunch as a way of expressing gratitude and raising funds enabling Sinai Health to continue providing world-class care to all its moms and babies.

eGaming initiatives

Gaming for game-changing research

Over the last year Sinai Health Foundation has hosted two eGaming initiatives, successfully introducing Sinai Health to brand-new audiences. “Meta” is a collaboration between eGaming and health-care communities in support of game-changing research with global impact.

Last November, Sinai Health Foundation hosted a 24-hour Meta streamathon event coinciding with World Diabetes Day, giving gamers an opportunity to change lives by raising funds for research at Sinai Health, a world leader in diabetes treatment and care. A second Meta streamathon was held in March 2022, for International Women’s Day to honour the trailblazing women who founded Sinai Health nearly 100 years ago, and benefitting research and care for women’s health.

Calling all
champions of care

In 2021, Sinai Health Foundation launched a new way for you, our community, to give back in ways you find meaningful. We are calling on all Champions of Care to get creative and support Sinai Health by hosting an event or doing an activity or hobby you already love.

Two examples are Beth Gherson and 10-year-old Diana Doust. Beth, currently undergoing cancer treatment, has raised more than $23,000 for research and breast cancer awareness by hosting a “Women and Whisky” event. Diana, who spent time in Mount Sinai Hospital’s Newton Glassman Charitable Foundation Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), turned her 10th birthday into a fundraiser for the NICU.

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