Samaritan Mag | Karen Bliss
|David Foster Foundation CEO Michael Ravenhill and wife Cassandra at the 2015 Miracle Gala & Concert, Toronto — photo credit: George Pimentel Photography.|
The 2015 David Foster Foundation Miracle Gala & Concert, featuring Stevie Wonder, Michael Bolton, Peter Cetera, Kiesza and comedian Sinbad, recently raised $6.5 million to help Canadian families whose children must undergo organ transplants.
The sum was announced at the annual event, this year held at Toronto’s Mattamy Athletic Centre (formerly Maple Leaf Gardens), attended by more than 900 guests at the floor-level tables and 1900 in the arena seats. Last year, it was held in Calgary.
Foster, whose work as a producer and songwriter has earned him 16 Grammy Awards and inductions into the Canadian and Hollywood walks of fame, started the foundation in 1986 in his hometown of Victoria, British Columbia to raise awareness about the importance of organ donation and to help families with children in need of transplants with their non-medical expenses. It has since helped close to 1000 families across Canada.
The $6.5 million is part of the David Foster Foundation’s five-year 30 x 30 campaign to raise $30 million by 2017. In 2013, it raised $4 million and 2014 $8.2 million, leaving $11.3 million to raise over the next two years. Continue reading