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Glittering McGill Gala grosses $1.15 million for Goodman Cancer Centre

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By Naomi Gold
Posted Aug 2, 2012 in Science
By Naomi Gold
Left to right- seated: David Goodman; honorary co-chairs Morris & Rosalind Goodman; Gerald Davis & D...
Left to right- seated: David Goodman; honorary co-chairs Morris & Rosalind Goodman; Gerald Davis & Deborah Goodman Davis Standing: Mia Melmed Goodman; Leonard Blum & Heather Munroe-Blum, McGill University Principal and vice chancellor; Chantal Trépanier & husband, Yves Bolduc, Quebec Minister of Health
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Some 700 supporters of McGill University's Rosalind & Morris Goodman Cancer Research Centre filled Griffintown's cavernous Complexe Arsenal for a 'supernova' summertime soirée in Montreal.
After an animated champagne and sushi cocktail reception, local funnyman Joey Elias -- who eschewed his usual 'jocular vein' as emcee of this medical benefit -- formally welcomed guests. He introduced a roster of speakers including McGill chancellor Arnold Steinberg, gala dinner chair Bernard Shapiro, Rosalind Goodman, honorary co-chair and David Eidelman, McGill medical faculty dean/vice-principal of health affairs. They lauded the cancer centre's research team and director, biochemist, Dr. Michel Tremblay, for their pioneering work and attendees wholeheartedly agreed --responding with a standing ovation.
Gala highlights included a sumptuous four-course Java U repast, jazzy tap 'n soft shoe dance performances by Travis Knights, Cara Marie Carosielli, and Arthur Murray ballroom pros; oodles of boogeyin' to the tunes of Paul Chacra's 1945 Orchestra and an, er, 'viral' video called McGill Dances for Cancer Research. McGill principal Heather Munroe-Blum capped the posh party by announcing that an eye-popping million dollars plus was raised.
The Goodman Cancer Research Centre conducts renowned independent basic cancer research programs at McGill University and its affiliated hospitals. Its focus is on programs which fast-track fundamental research, training students, post-doctoral fellows and professionals and disseminating cancer-related information to the general public via lectures and forums. Ball proceeds will spawn new research projects, while further enabling the recruitment of renowned scientists and procurement of specialized equipment and core facilities.
http://cancercentre.mcgill.ca/research/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hg1yw8D3glE&feature=related

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