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Beneficiary Spotlight: Women’s College Hospital

Toronto, Ontario (May 4, 2018)

Project: Transition-Related Surgery Compassionate Fund

The Transition-Related Surgery Compassionate Fund at Women’s College Hospital will help offset the cost of select transition-related surgeries (TRS) not covered by OHIP for eligible patients. At this time, funds may be used for chest contouring/masculinization, breast augmentation, and travel expenses incurred for those having TRS at Women’s College Hospital. The out-of-pocket expenses incurred as a result of these surgeries can often have a devastating impact on people who may be already facing socioeconomic challenges. The goal of this fund is to provide better access and support to trans people undergoing their transition-related surgeries at Women’s College Hospital.

“My patients, by and large, have had negative experiences with hospitals and the healthcare system, and I give them the care they deserve. I didn’t by chance land upon this specialty, I chose it as a way to not only perform surgery, but also as a way to serve social justice. With barriers recently removed for patient evaluation and referral in our province, we are now able to perform transition related surgeries at Women’s College Hospital – it is our goal to be able to offer the first vaginoplasties in Toronto by the end of 2018. Additional funding offered by the Transition Related Surgery Compassionate Fund, supported by the Pride and Remembrance Run, will further alleviate the financial burden of transition-related expenses, ensuring patients have access to comprehensive care regardless of their socio-economic background.”

Dr. Yonas Krakowski, Gender Reassignment Surgeon at Women’s College Hospital

About Women’s College
Women’s College Hospital is Canada’s only fully independent, academic, ambulatory hospital focused on revolutionizing healthcare for women and advancing health equity for all. Through groundbreaking research, innovations in patient care and a focus on developing new solutions that address the greatest challenges facing the health system today, WCH is leading the way in building a stronger, more equitable future for all Canadians.

Women’s College Hospital was founded over 100 years ago to give women a place to study and practice medicine when no one else would let them in. Their legacy of innovation and leadership speaks volumes about their commitment to pioneering new healthcare solutions for women and their families.

Pride Run 2018: Fundraising Tips

Toronto, Ontario (April 27, 2018)

Wondering how you can supercharge your Pride Run fundraising this year (or get started for the first time)? Check out below how you can take your fundraising to the next level this spring!

Did you know? Every dollar you raise for this year’s Pride and Remembrance Run will go towards three amazing projects that benefit the local LGBTQ+ community:

• LGBT Youthline’s LGBT Youth-Connect project will create a centralized hub that supports networking, skill-sharing, and collaboration among 2SLGBTQ grassroots youth groups and youth leaders across Ontario.

• Women’s College Hospital Foundation’s Transition-Related Surgery Compassionate Fund will be used for selected transition-related surgeries (TRS) not covered by OHIP. The fund can prevent high out-of-pocket health care expenses that can have a devastating impact on people who may already be facing socioeconomic challenges.

• Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives’ Digital Hub project will bring the CLGA’s rich collection of LGBTQ+ history into the 21st century by allowing the CLGA to host digital exhibitions and better facilitate research into LGBTQ+ shared history.

Help support vital local initiatives with these fundraising tips:

1. Set a goal
Whether its $100, $500, or more – set a goal for yourself! This will help to motivate both you and the people you’re inviting to donate to your cause. Break your goal up into smaller pieces, and give yourself easy-to-reach targets.

2. Get motivated
Everything is more fun with friends! Create a team with a group of your friends or coworkers and help to motivate one another to meet your fundraising goals. More of a go-it-alone type? Why not invite a friend (or frenemy) to compete in a fundraising challenge? Loser treats for post-run drinks!

3. Make it personal
Why are you participating in the Pride and Remembrance Run? Let people know why this event is important to you, and how their donations can make a difference in Toronto’s LGBTQ+ community. Keep your supporters updated on your fundraising efforts, and your preparations as the run gets closer – whether it’s training up for the 5K, or turning out with your most fabulous athleisure look.

4. Start early
Let’s face it: people are busy! That means that they might not see your calls for donations, or remember to follow up after your first, second – or even fifth – ask. Starting early ensures you have enough time to get your message across and accomplish your goal.

5. Host an event
Talking to people face-to-face is by far the best way to inspire donations, and events are one of the best ways to find an opening. Whether it’s a low-key bakesale at your office, a spring picnic, or an upscale dinner party, events are a great way to raise awareness and enthusiasm.

6. Ask!
That old adage “nothing ventured, nothing gained” rings especially true when it comes to fundraising. You’ll probably be surprised by how many people are interested in supporting a good cause if given the chance. So get out there and give them that opportunity!

The Pride and Remembrance Run: 2018 Beneficiaries

Toronto, Ontario (March 12, 2018)

The Pride and Remembrance Run is proud to announce the following four organizations as beneficiaries of Toronto’s 23rd Pride and Remembrance Run: Women’s College Hospital Foundation, the Canadian Lesbian Gay Archives, the LGBT Youth Line, and the Pride and Remembrance Foundation. These organizations will receive 100% of funds raised through pledges and donations made by our 2018 runners and donors.

The Pride and Remembrance Run is an fun, annual community run promoting and fostering community spirit, goodwill and sportsmanship in the LGBTQ+ community. The 5km run or 3km walk will take place on Saturday, June 23th, 2018, during Toronto Pride Week. The Pride Run raises much needed funds for LGBTQ+ charities and initiatives. Over the past 22 years, the Pride and Remembrance Association has raised over $1.4 million for local charities that support the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

The 2018 Pride and Remembrance Run beneficiaries are:

Women’s College Hospital Foundation The Transition-Related Surgery Compassionate Fund
The Transition-Related Surgery Compassionate Fund will help offset the significant additional costs incurred by trans people as they complete their transitional surgeries at Women’s College Hospital.

LGBT Youth Line LGBT Youth-Connect
LGBT Youth Connect aims to address the lack of support and resources for 2SLGBTQ grassroots groups and youth leaders across Ontario, especially in rural and suburban areas, through a centralized web-based hub for peer networking, skill-sharing, collaborations, and resources.

Canadian Lesbian Gay Archives Digital Hub
The Digital Hub Project will address the currently outdated and inefficient cataloguing databases with one single digital database. This new database will enable researchers and members of the community to access the CLGA’s collections online and will provide new opportunities for exhibitions and greater access.

Pride and Remembrance Foundation
The Pride and Remembrance Foundation is the charitable foundation responsible for the distribution of funds raised by the annual Pride and Remembrance Run. The Foundation’s mandate is to provide financial support to registered charities that benefit the LGBT community. The Foundation accepts applications for financial assistance from registered charities throughout the year.

For more information regarding the Pride and Remembrance Association or the Pride and Remembrance Run, please contact Nikolas Tsirgielis marketing@priderun.org

For more information on the Pride and Remembrance Foundation, please contact Alan Belaiche at foundation@priderun.org

Call for Beneficiary Applications for the 2018 Pride and Remembrance Run

Toronto, October 11, 2017

The Pride and Remembrance Run is now accepting beneficiary applications from registered LGBTQ+ charities for the 2018 Pride and Remembrance Run. The run is a 5K Run / 3K Walk held annually during Toronto’s Pride Week.

The Pride and Remembrance Run is the largest event of its kind in Canada and is among the most popular running events in the Toronto area. Pride Run participants have raised funds for LGBTQ+ Charities in Toronto and across Ontario.

Interested in applying?

Read this year’s process and application guidelines here.

Get the application here!

Please email the completed form to beneficiary@priderun.org by the deadline of 11:59pm, November 24, 2017.

The Pride and Remembrance Association Pledges $30,000 to the Fife House Huntley Street Project

Toronto, July 14, 2017 – The Pride and Remembrance Association, a not-for-profit organization that presents The Pride and Remembrance Run, is pledging $30,000 to the Fife House Huntley Street Project. Fife House is a charitable organization that provides secure and affordable supportive housing and support services for persons living with HIV/AIDS.

The Project – Fife House will assume the original premises of Casey House at 9 Huntley Street, Toronto. A Transitional Housing Program is planned for the building for 20 people living with HIV/AIDS and associated complex health issues who currently reside in the City of Toronto emergency shelter system. For more information, visit www.fifehouse.org.

While much of the operational costs for the project have been pledged, an additional $1.8 M of funding is required to complete the renovation. The City of Toronto has committed $500,000 of Section 37 funds to the project. $300,000 of matching gift from the Fran and Edmund Clarke Foundation has been pledged. Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, Ward 27 Centre-Rosedale, has committed an additional $250,000 of matching gift from the City of Toronto, available until July 31, 2017.

The Pledge – The Pride and Remembrance Association is committing $30,000, to be matched by the City of Toronto. Together these funds will renovate/create up to four housing units in the project.

About The Pride and Remembrance Run – In 1996 three gay triathletes founded The Pride and Remembrance Run, an annual 5K fundraising run/ 3K walk, to honor friends who were lost to HIV/AIDS. It is dedicated to partnering the themes of pride and remembrance with community celebration and personal achievement.

Over the past 22 years, the Pride and Remembrance Run has raised over $1.6 M for local LGBTQ+ charities. The funds for this pledge have been made available by way of the tremendous community support of the 2017 Pride and Remembrance Run, which received record donations of over $189,000. Without the support of our participants and fundraisers, their supporters, our sponsors, including BMO Bank of Montreal our Platinum Sponsor, and our volunteers, this pledge would not be possible. For this we are truly grateful.

Media Contact: Christopher Brohman, president@priderun.org
Web: www.priderun.org
Facebook: @PrideRunTO
Instagram: @priderunto
Twitter: @pride_run

BMO Celebrates Longstanding Support of LGBTQ+ Community with 22nd Annual Pride and Remembrance Run

TORONTO, June 19, 2017 – On Saturday, June 24th, the 22nd annual Pride and Remembrance Run will see record participants lace up as part of the largest fundraising event held during Toronto Pride Month. BMO will join racers to show their support as Platinum Sponsor.

The race is a long standing part of Toronto Pride Week—which is devoted to the celebration and support of the LGBTQ+ community—and is one of the most popular running events in the Greater Toronto Area. This year, participants will raise money to benefit four Toronto Organizations: the Fife House Transitional Housing Program; Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity Gay-Straight Alliance Forums; Casey House; and the Pride and Remembrance Foundation.

WHO: Chris Brohman, President, Pride and Remembrance Association
Sheldon Bizjak, Co – President, Pride and Remembrance Association
Nardine Flaro, Regional Vice President, Toronto Downtown, BMO Bank of Montreal
Paul Noble, Vice-President, Deputy General Counsel and Assistant Corporate Secretary, BMO Capital Markets

WHAT: The 22nd Annual Pride and Remembrance Run, supported by BMO Financial Group

WHEN: Saturday, June 24th, 2017
9:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon ET
Race begins at 10:00 a.m. ET
Awards Ceremony at 11:00 a.m. ET

WHERE: Start/Finish Line: Corner of Church and Wellesley Streets
Awards Ceremony: Barbara Hall Park (519 Church St., Toronto, ON)

“For 200 years, BMO has been investing and fostering inclusion in the communities where we do business, and we’re proud to support the diversity of all of our customers’ social needs, ideas and interests,” said Nardine Flaro, Regional Vice President, Toronto Downtown, BMO Bank of Montreal. “The Pride and Remembrance Run is one of the GTA’s most popular running events, and we’re looking forward to being on-site this year as the Platinum Sponsor, and to participate through our employee fundraising team, Team BMO.”

“For more than 20 years, the Pride and Remembrance Run and the LGBTQ+ community have rallied together with spirit and sportsmanship to show our pride and to give back,” said Chris Brohman, Co-President of the Pride and Remembrance Run. “Now, more than ever, it is important that we continue to foster the community spirit that unites us.”

A message from Lanni Marchant Canadian marathon record holder and 2017 Pride Run participant:

“I am really excited to be lining up as part of the Toronto community. It doesn’t matter who we are or where we come from when we line up to race. We are all doing the same thing – some faster than others – we are all equals when we toe that line.”

The five kilometer run/three kilometer walk kicks off at the start line with warm-ups led by Michael de Corte of Jock Yoga. The run begins with a blast of a horn and the firing of a confetti cannon.

About the Pride and Remembrance Run
In 1996, three gay athletes founded the Pride and Remembrance Run, an annual five-kilometre run / three-kilometre walk coinciding with Toronto’s Pride Week. It was dedicated to partnering the themes of PRIDE and REMEMBRANCE with community celebration and personal achievement.

The Pride and Remembrance Run has become an annual tradition promoting and fostering community spirit, goodwill, volunteerism and sportsmanship in the LGBTQ+ community. For more information, visit priderun.org.

About BMO and Diversity
From the development of the first Registered Disability Savings Plan to sponsorship of the Pride and Remembrance Run, BMO is committed to promoting accessibility, inclusivity and equality. This commitment extends to initiatives outside the workplace into all communities where BMO operates.

Media Contacts:
Jessica Leroux, Toronto, jessica.leroux@bmo.com, 416-867-3996

Web: www.bmo.com Twitter: @BMO Instagram: @BMOCanada

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