A Brilliant Success

Organizing committee members Ivan Boulva, Lorena Cook, Peter Lombardi, Madeleine Paquin, Dr. Kevin Petrecca, and Wendy Sculnick
Published: 27 October 2016

A Brilliant Night raises $1 million for brain cancer research

A Brilliant Night raised an astounding $1 million for brain cancer research at its gala event on Oct. 19.

This sum tops the inaugural A Brilliant Night in 2015, which raised an impressive $690,000. After a successful silent auction, falling just short of the $1 million goal, a generous donor stepped up to generously help hit the mark. Through exciting interactive and immersive installations, the event also helped educate and raise awareness of brain cancer and the importance of the research which leads to better treatments to battle the disease.

The evening was filled with personal stories from those whose lives have been affected by brain cancer. Among them was Madeleine Paquin, event chair of the A Brilliant Night honorary committee and President and CEO of Logistec. Paquin lost her husband to brain cancer.

“This year’s A Brilliant Night 2016 was a wonderful success which really built on a great start last year. This money will go to fuel The Neuro’s efforts to make breakthroughs in the field of brain cancer research,” she says. “I would like to thank everyone who donated to our cause, and the sponsors who make this event possible.”

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A Brilliant Night would like to thank their generous sponsors: SNC Lavalin, Cadillac Fairview, Banque de Montreal, Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec, CAL Construction, Giant Tiger, Logistec, Paysafe, Pomerleau, Provencher Roy Architectes, Mount Stephen Hotel. Ivanhoe Cambridge, PCL. Aeroports de Montreal, Banque National Marche financiers, Cogeco, CSL Group, Devimco, Fednav, Harden Group, Kamik, La Maison Simons, Le Groupe Multi Luminaire Inc, Le Groupe Multi Luminaire Inc, McGill Faculty of Medicine, Metro, National Tile, Rio Tinto Alcan. Acoustique SM, The Rossy Family Foundation, CAE, Desjardins, Fuller Landau, GH+A Design studios, La Compagnie de tissus decoratifs Arco Ltee, Les Services de Construction Demospec Inc, Lucien Charbonneau, Banque Nationale Gestion Privée 1859, RBC Valeurs Mobilieres, Scotiabank, Syrus Reputation, Conseillers T.E., TVM Life Science Management Inc, Verval, Wired Synergy.

With special thanks to: Lembas Works, Total Entertainment, Oxford



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The Neuro (Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital) is a bilingual academic healthcare institution. We are a McGill research and teaching institute; delivering high-quality patient care, as part of the Neuroscience Mission of the McGill University Health Centre. We are proud to be a Killam Institution, supported by the Killam Trusts.



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