Moncton (N.B.), January 18, 2018 – The CHU Dumont Foundation’s 23rd annual Valentine’s Day Gala, presented by National Bank, will take place on Saturday, February 10th, 2018, at the Delta Beauséjour in Moncton. As always, it promises a memorable evening not to be missed.

A romantic and enchanting evening

More than 500 guests will come together for this special evening to improve patient care at the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre. Guests will first be invited to a reception at 5:30PM where canapés and cocktails will be served. To follow, a four-course gourmet dinner prepared by Delta Beauséjour’s Executive Chef Stefan Mülle. The evening will conclude with the much-anticipated after-gala party featuring Nine Mile River.

Guests will also have the opportunity to participate in a silent auction throughout the evening with many luxurious prizes up for grabs. Prizes include:

-A “Chef at Home” voucher where Delta Beauséjour’s Executive Chef, Stefan Müller, will come to the lucky winner`s home to prepare and serve a sumptuous dinner for ten people.

-A trip to Montréal to see a Montréal Canadiens game (includes flights, tickets and accommodations for two people).
 
-A gift card for two at the famous Windjammer restaurant, including one night’s accommodations in one of the Delta Beauséjour’s suites with breakfast.

The cause

The Valentine’s Day Gala is one of the CHU Dumont Foundation’s signature fundraising events. Each year, the evening’s proceeds are invested in the improvement of health care services offered at the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre. Last year, funds raised by the Gala supported projects in four sectors of the hospital: Pulmonology, Emergency Department, Medical

Microbiology and Infectious Disease, and Neurology.

This year’s Gala will support important projects in three of the hospital’s sectors: Nephrology, the Surgical Suite, and Urology. Details of this year’s projects will be revealed during the event but, as always, each project will directly and immediately benefit patients.

Tickets for the 23rd annual Valentine’s Day Gala are on sale now. For more information, dial 506.862.4285 or email the Foundation at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Moncton, January 15 2018 - Cyclists who wish to take advantage of the early-bird registration for the 2018 Tour of Hope may do so until January 31st. This year, the event will take place from July 26th to 29th.

The Tour of Hope is a fundraising event for the Tree of Hope Campaign. This four-day cycling tour helps raise awareness of the importance of adopting a healthy lifestyle. The 2017 Tour of Hope raised a total of $160,000.

“Next July, the Tour of Hope participants will have the chance to cycle around New Brunswick alongside people who, like them, are committed to improving the care of cancer patients in New Brunswick," said event Co-Chair Dr. Carole Williams. “The funds raised make a real difference in the quality of care offered to cancer patients, right here in New Brunswick.”

As was the case last year, the tour will kick off in Edmundston on Thursday morning. That day, participants will cycle to Campbellton. After a well-deserved night of rest, they will cycle through the Chaleur region and reach Caraquet. On Saturday, they will travel from Caraquet to Miramichi, via Tracadie and Neguac. On the last day of the event, the cyclists will travel from Miramichi to Moncton, passing through Kent County and the Shediac area.

“I am looking forward to sharing this great adventure with cyclists from all over New Brunswick,” said Co-Chair Denise Landry Nadeau. “The Tour of Hope conveys a message to the population about the importance of being active and committed to improving our health. This is an experience that we will never forget. It allows us to challenge ourselves physically and mentally. And to create new friendships and many memories!” 

2018 is an important year for the Tree of Hope Campaign. It celebrates its 30th anniversary. Since its inception in 1989, the campaign has raised close to 26 million dollars. Donations are used to improve patient care at the Dr. Léon-Richard Oncology Centre in Moncton and in satellite units in Northern New Brunswick. They also support cancer research efforts and fund improvements at the Mgr. Henri-Cormier Lodge, where patients can stay free-of-charge.

To take advantage of reduced pledge requirements, participants must register by January 31st, 2018. For details, please visit: www.tourespoir.com.

For more information or to register:
1 800 862-6775
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Denis Robichaud
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Tree of Hope Campaign
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Moncton, June 18th, 2017 – The fourth edition of A Beacon in the Night was a huge success thanks to the hundreds of people who came out to show their support for a holistic approach for recovery from mental illness. The event took place on June 16th and 17th at l’Université de Moncton.

“Life seems to lose all meaning when the pleasure is gone, your thoughts become confused, and your senses play tricks on you”, says Dr. Patrick Marcotte, Psychiatrist at the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre and event organizer. “In my opinion, the true heroes of this world are those battle mental health issues on a daily basis. I wish to thank everyone who supported our event. Your attendance in itself is a powerful reminder to those suffering that this cause is important to you.”

A Beacon in the Night is an awareness campaign hoping to demystify and destigmatize mental health issues. The annual event is organized by the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre’s Psychiatry Department, in collaboration with the CHU Dumont Foundation. However, A Beacon in the Night is about more than awareness; in fact, it is an event where the spotlight shines on patients for whom the planning and production of the event becomes part of their treatment plan. All activities that play a crucial role in mental health recovery, such as visual arts, writing, music, performing arts, and testimonials, are encouraged and valorized.

“Being part of A Beacon in the Night provides me with an escape from my mental illness”, explains Todd Arsenault, a participant. “For me, everything else falls away when I perform. And this is an opportunity to share my passion for music with a most receptive and respectful audience.”

Different activities were organized throughout the weekend for this years’ edition. On Friday, things kicked off with an informal evening of music. On Saturday, conferences featuring specialists in the field were open to the public. Renowned speaker Dr. Marie-Josée Poulin, a Psychiatrist at the Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Québec who has given hundreds of presentations nationally and abroad, was here to speak on schizophrenia. An art expo also took place on Saturday featuring pieces from over 40 artists. Finally, the event concluded with the great A Beacon in the Night variety show.

According to Jacques B. LeBlanc, President and CEO of the CHU Dumont Foundation, the event was a great success.

“Mental health is a topic that affects us all in one way or another. We have to speak openly about it. We have to get rid of the myths surrounding mental illness. I think this event is an important step forward to bring mental health out of the shadows. We saw many people from our community come out and share their passion and stories. The Foundation is proud to join the efforts to demystify and destigmatize mental health.”

For more information on the event, go to www.abeaconinthenight.org or visit the Facebook page (Un phare dans la nuit).

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Isabelle Stewart
Communications Officer
CHU Dumont Foundation
(506)869-2106
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Moncton, September 10, 2017 – The 2017 edition of The Drive raised $90,000 to improve patient care at the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre. More than one hundred participants took part in the third edition of the activity, which was held on September 9th.

On a beautiful sunny day, 53 cars covered over 500 kilometers travelling to various exclusive destinations.

Again this year, funds raised by The Drive will go towards the purchase of specialized equipment for the new surgical suite currently under construction.

“As a physician, I want to have access to the best tools available so that my patients receive the best care”, explains Dr. Marc Savoie, Urologist at the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre and member of The Drive’s organizing committee. “We already have a highly qualified medical team at the Hospital Centre and soon, we will have a new, modern and adapted workspace. With some work and some effort, we can ensure we also have the best equipment and tools.”

The Drive 2017 is sponsored by the Lounsbury Group, which owns and operates BMW Moncton, Audi Moncton, and Lounsbury Chevrolet Moncton.

“We are proud to be a title sponsor of this fundraising activity that benefits the health and well-being of our community”, indicates Mr. Kendall Underhill, General Manager of Lounsbury Chevrolet Moncton. “Participation in activities like The Drive allows for important development projects and the acquisition of equipment for our hospital to go forward which, in the end, benefits us all.”

Mr. Paul Maillet, participant, certainly plans on taking part in the activity again next year.

“The Drive always promises a fun day, full of surprises and always delivers; but it is more than that. We have to remind ourselves that we are doing this for an excellent cause. Our health is the most precious thing we have. At one point or another in our lives, we will all need medical treatments and it is in those moments that we realize the importance of having access to the best health care services here, at home. This is what The Drive represents and that is why I support it.”

Nathalie Gasse Farrah, Development Manager at the CHU Dumont Foundation, is pleased with the success of this third edition of the activity.

 “Thank you to everyone who participated in the event, as well as to our many generous sponsors. We just experienced a memorable day, and on top of that, the funds raised will go to a great cause and will make a significant difference in the quality of care offered to our patients.”

The Drive is a fundraising activity for the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre that appeals to luxury car enthusiasts who have the well-being of their community at heart. It is an opportunity for a group of people with a common interest to drive around together for a full day making a few stops along the way at exclusive and carefully selected locations. The route is kept secret. At each stop, participants are given a map with directions only to get to the next stop. The day wraps up with a cocktail followed by dinner.

Last year, the activity had raised $52,000.

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Isabelle Stewart
Communications Officer CHU Dumont Foundation
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Moncton, Friday, June 16, 2017 – More than 500 participants attended the most electrifying running event of the summer in Moncton on Friday, June 16. The event raised $20,000 in support of the Breast Health Centre at the Dr. Léon-Richard Oncology Centre. Funds raised will be used to purchase prosthesis and mastectomy bras for breast cancer patients.

“It was an incredible experience,” says Dr. Jocelyn Hébert, surgeon at the Breast Health Centre and President of the organizing committee for the event. “The support we have received from the public once again this year is really heartwarming. You can tell the community is behind us. The funds raised will make a considerable difference in the lives of patients here in New Brunswick, and we are so thankful.”

Again this year, participants were invited to walk or run the 5 km route. The race started at 9 p.m. from the Dr. Léon-Richard Oncology Centre in Moncton. The atmosphere at the finish line was festive, with a reception and refreshments for the participants.

“Clearly the community has answered our call once again, and came out to show their support for the Breast Health Centre, patients and staff,” explains Jacques B. LeBlanc, President and CEO of the CHU Dumont Foundation. “The Electrifying Night Run is a great example of a fun, family event that brings the community together. On behalf of the Foundation, thank you to all those who participated.”

Tink Swetnam is a patient at the Breast Health Centre. For her, the event holds a very special meaning. “As a patient, I have to say it’s really touching to see all these people come together to support the cause. I really felt they shared a sense of solidarity with my own fight against cancer. We had a lot of fun, and the participants left knowing they made a positive difference in the lives of patients affected by breast cancer.”

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Media:
Denis Robichaud, Director, Communications and Public relations
CHU Dumont Foundation
Phone: (506) 869-2835
Cell: (506) 380-8134
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