Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present. – Albert Camus, author and philosopher
I recently had the honour of welcoming Canadian music legends Jann Arden and Burton Cummings to Brampton’s Rose Theatre in support of Osler Foundation’s gala benefit concert. And what an amazing evening we had!
Before the concert, Jann Arden graciously met with fans and guests to sign autographs and pose for photos. Onstage, they both were amazing. Jann Arden performed her Juno-award winning hits peppered with her signature wit and humour. With only a piano and his voice, Burton Cummings blew the roof off the theatre with his hits, including The Guess Who classic These Eyes. He had such a wonderful time he told us, backstage, that he would have loved to play longer for the audience!
Both artists took Osler’s message of Going Beyond to heart by donating personal items to the silent auction. Jann Arden created a painting live on stage that sold for $5,000, while Burton Cummings sparked a lively bidding war with his donation of a signed flute he played on The Guess Who hit Undun, which sold for a generous $17,500 bid.
The gala set a new record, raising over $650,000! Congratulations and thank you to the gala committee, the sponsors and of course, the guests who created a memorable evening that will provide tremendous support to Osler’s hospitals and the patients we serve.
We’re ending this year on a high note and this will be my last blog of 2013. While some of us will take time off over the next few weeks, many at Osler will be hard at work providing excellent care to all patients who come through our doors.
Over the holiday season, we often see an increase in patients in the emergency departments (ED). To help us manage during this busy time we’ve posted some important tips to help patients understand their health care options before heading to the ED.
Until the New Year, best wishes for a very happy and healthy holiday season!