Bal des lumières

The Bal des lumières generates $1.8 million for three foundations dedicated to mental health

A new record for the largest mental health fundraising event in Quebec


The third edition of the Bal des lumières – United for Mental Health took place on September 18, 2018 at the Bell Centre. Under the theme of "human nature," this event collected $1,825,000 Net to benefit the Douglas Mental Health University Institute Foundation, the Fondation de l’Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal and the Fondation Jeunes en Tête.

Over 700 guests attended, including Quebec Premier François Legault, Minister of Health and Social Services Danielle McCann and Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante. The event set a new fundraising record for mental health, exceeding the $1,430,000 collected during the second edition of the Bal des lumières in 2016.

This unprecedented response will have a wide-ranging impact, since these three organizations cover a range of mental health interventions, from raising awareness and prevention to promoting innovative treatments, quality care, cutting-edge research and social integration. The three foundations will use the funds to advance their cause and dispel prejudice surrounding mental illnesses.

The Board Chairs of all three organizations, Éric Bujold, Martin Gagnon and Marisa Giannetti, would like to thank the five Honorary Co-Chairs for their outstanding leadership and commitment to mental health. They would also like to thank the evenko team and artistic director Joël Legendre for making this magical evening a reality.

In the middle of the evening, a wave of generosity swept the Bell Centre after actor Jean-Nicolas Verreault and his young daughter Mia talked about her struggles with anxiety. Their story touched the hearts of the audience, who donated $160,000 to help people affected by mental illness.

The evening was co-chaired by George Cope from Bell, Robert Dumas from Sun Life Quebec, Serge Godin from CGI, Geoff Molson from the CH Group and Louis Vachon from National Bank, and hosted by Maripier Morin. It was filled with memorable moments, including a touching piece by pianist Alexandra Streliski, accompanied by a team of talented dancers, as well as a stirring performance by musician Christian Marc Gendron.

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