More than 400 people came together at The Ritz-Carlton for the Salah Bachir Show, an Ed Sullivan-style entertainment event, on Sunday night to help Salah Bachir raise an amazing $506,000 to support emergency care at St. Joseph's Health Centre. To date, Salah has raised an incredible $3.2 million in support of St. Joseph's Health Centre Foundation through his various fundraising efforts.
The new Emergency is part of St. Joseph’s $70 million Promise campaign to make Toronto's west-end community one of the healthiest in Canada. This year’s event will support an expanded and transformed Emergency Department at St. Joe’s with specialized areas for children and those with mental health needs.
The star-studded gala featured some top entertainers including: Thelma Houston, singer, actress and Grammy winner; Mary Walsh, Canadian comedy powerhouse; funny and talented Jessica Holmes; Louise Pitre, Canada’s first lady of musical theatre; comedian and TV host Gavin Crawford; Jackie Richardson, Gemini-winning actress and singer; and Murray McLauchlan, Canadian folk-country music icon and 10-time Juno Award winner.
"There is so much need in our communities and it gives me great pleasure to help,” said Salah Bachir. “St. Joe’s is a particular passion of mine because as a member of the west-end community, I want to help my neighbours get the best health care possible.”
An incredible supporter of his west-end community, Salah was recently named International Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) at a special ceremony for over 3,700 in San Francisco, California on April 30, 2017.
The International Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year award is given annually by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) which operates in over 40 countries globally. The award recognizes an individual or family that demonstrates outstanding skills in coordinating and motivating groups of donors and volunteers for fundraising projects.
St. Joseph’s Health Centre Foundation nominated Salah for the global award in recognition of his fundraising achievements on behalf of St. Joe's Toronto and many other important causes.
“Salah has an amazingly generous spirit and great passion to make our patients’ experience at St. Joseph’s better,” said Maria Dyck, President and CEO, St. Joseph’s Health Centre Foundation. “He is so deserving of this award and we were pleased to make the nomination.”
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