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Making a Meaningful Difference in the Fight Against Childhood Cancer

The SuperHero Ball

Posted on: 07 Aug 2014

UPDATE: August 10, 2014: Due to unforeseen circumstance, SickKids, Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation and Fan Expo decided to postpone the inaugural SuperHero Ball to August 28, 2015, when it will be held in connection with Fan Expo 2015. We remain very committed to the SuperHero Ball concept and we intend to make the 2015 SuperHero Ball an incredible event experience for Fan Expo participants, guests, celebrities and sponsors. The SuperHero Ball will raise awareness and funds to benefit childhood cancer research, care and programs at SickKids Hospital.

Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation in partnership with Fan Expo Canada (TM) and SickKids Foundation, is launching the inaugural SuperHero Ball, Friday, August 29, 2014, at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel.

The SuperHero Ball is held in connection with Fan Expo, which draws over 120,000 people to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in celebration of all things pop culture: comics, sci-fi, horror, anime, gaming, cosplay, and of course every SuperHero who ever saved the world.
 

GET READY TO PARTY LIKE IT’S STARDATE 41153.7!

Get ready for an evening of fun… pick out your favourite costume, or just come as you are and enjoy the Cosplay Parade as geeks and fans alike strut into the SuperHero Ball dressed as their favourite superhero, fantasy, comic, gaming or movie character. Either way, it will be a party you’ll never forget! Great food and cash bar, $125 p/p

THE VIH PACKAGE (Very Important Hero)!

Want to up the ante for even more exclusive fun? Sign up for the Very Important Hero package and you’ll have the key to the VIH reception where you’ll meet the Fan Expo celebrities in person. Great food and open bar. $249 p/p

BE A SUPERHERO SPONSOR!

Become a SuperHero Ball sponsor and you’ll be able to entertain up to 10 quests in your own exclusive themed SuperHero lounge, with comfy couches and cocktail tables, special menu items, food and beverage services. PLUS, Fan Expo celebrities such as Michael Rooker, Stan Lee, Leeanna Vamp and others, will join your group to chat, sign autographs and take selfies with your guests. (For pricing and details please contact katie.mchugh@sickkidsfoundation.com)

After the Cosplay Parade, the party will move into hyperdrive with our celebrity DJs. Get ready to drop your shields and power up your force-fields and dance like a SuperHero late into the night at an after-party of kapow proportions!

The SuperHero Ball will be hosted by a celebrity emcee, with special guest appearances by Lights, Jian Gomeshi and many other Fan Expo celebrities and stars.

SILENT AND LIVE AUCTION

Send the fun into orbit by bidding on amazing silent and live auction items such as experiences, travel, comic, movie and celebrity collectibles and so much more.

Net proceeds will go to Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation and SickKids Foundation in support of the Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning at SickKids.

Sign up today and get ready to be a SuperHero!  http://superheroball.com/  

 


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Tour for Kids Bike-A-Thon

Posted on: 04 Jul 2014

T4K'14-SocialMediaWhiteOaksMontessoriThe Grade 3, 4 and 5 students at White Oaks Montesorri School decided to participate in the “Tour for Kids” Bike-A-Thon because we wanted to raise money for kids with cancer, so they could get treatment and go to camps such as Camp Trillium, where Isabella Lentini goes. She is a Casa student at our school, and her mother, Nicole Lentini founded ‘Isa Bella Vita’ cycling team which is also a fundraising team. We really enjoyed riding our bikes around the neighborhood and fundraising for kids with cancer, because it’s kind of practice before we get older and start fundraising even more. We really liked it. Also, it was a privilege to fundraise for something important like that. A lot of people donated money and sponsored us in the Bike-A-Thon, which we thought was really nice of them. A few of us just learned how to ride a two-wheeled bike just for the event. When we were riding, there were these red balloons all along the path to guide us. But then we took a wrong turn which we only figured out a couple minutes later, one of us realized there were no balloons. But overall, it was super fun.

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Bal De Neige and Coast To Coast To Distribute $150,000 to Lighthouse and Wellspring

Posted on: 27 Jun 2014

The theme of the 2014 edition of the Bal de Neige, held in February, was “Rhinestone Cowboy – Denim and Diamonds, Leather and Lace”. It was another fun event with partyers in retro urban-cowboy kit or good-ol’-boy country denim and boots. All the gals looked real purdy and the guys were a-hootin’ an’ a-hollerin’. After dinner, everyone kicked up their heels, grabbing partners for some two-steppin’ do-se-do that lasted into the wee hours.

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The Bal de Neige raised over $100,000 for Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation. The Foundation pledged to match funds, resulting in an additional $50,000 that will be directed toward the two benefiting organizations.

As a result, a total of $150,000 will be distributed equally between Lighthouse Program for Grieving Children and Wellspring Birmingham Gilgan House for paediatric oncology programs and services.

We can’t begin to express our gratitude for all of the goodwill that surrounds us. A special thank you to Stacey and Brydon Cruise for their very generous contribution to the event and to our 2 anonymous donors who so generously matched dollar for dollar, the amount raised through the Live Auction.

A huge thank you as well to the numerous sponsors who so willingly offered auction items and prizes:

2014 SPONSORS

Le Dome Banquet Hall
Late Bloom Florist
Good Vibrations DJ Services
Air Canada Foundation
Zzen Group of Companies
Crown Verity Inc. (Andy Incitti)
Mary and Ron DiFrancesco
Montreal Jazz Festival
New Wave Travel (Kathy Kurtzman)
Wailers Gentlemen’s Sporting Club
Maynards
Warner Music
Fairmont Hotels
Nota Bene Restaurant
Beauleigh Consulting
Lorne and Catherine Watters
Intrawest
MLSE
Canderel Properties
TD Bank
White Shadow Limousine (Mike FabianUniversal Music
Al Pace and Kristin Morch
Andy Curran
Caledon Ski Club (Bill Yeigh)
UFC Canada (Stephen Keogh)
Oakville Cycle
La Fleure de France – Oakville Spa
Passion for Fashion (Jacqueline Cheeseman)
Darla Thompson McNevin
SRO Management/Anthem Entertainment
Andrew Howard
Edrington (Chris Spalding)
Clublink
Universal Music
Blazer for Men
Joanne and Conrad Maziarczyk
True North Sports and Entertainment
Caroline van Nostrand
Diane Rushton
Osmington
Starfish Entertainment Inc./Blue Rodeo Productions
John Ricketts
Royal Bank of Canada
Tom and Marilyn Weber
Alert Music
BikeRight (Derek MacNeil)
Battaglia’s Marketplace
Bar Vespa
Bedlam Music Management / Dine Alone Records
Good Life Fitness
Liane Tautrims – Silpada
Bernie Breen Management
Dr. Andrea Jack
Metalworks Inc.
Bauer (Daryl Hughes)
Hockey Hall of Fame
Showtech Merchandising
Triovest Management

Bal de Neige Supports Pediatric Oncology at Trillium

Posted on: 08 Apr 2014

On Friday March 28, Frances and Len Pace, Mary and Ron DiFrancesco, Tracey and Mike McIntosh, Joanne and Dale Walden of Team Alex along with Jeff Rushton of Coast to Coast Against Cancer presented a cheque for over $64,000 to Trillium Health Partners. On hand to receive it were Dr. Ann Bayliss, Dr. Nick Blanchette, a team of caregivers from Credit Valley Hospital, and personnel from the Trillium Health Foundation.  The funds will go to the pediatric oncology unit at Credit Valley Hospital and will support a Child Life Specialist for children going through cancer treatment.

The cheque represents the proceeds from the 2013 Bal de Neige fundraising event held February of last year. The Bal de Niege, a costume gala, was set to the theme of Disco! Party-goers arrived decked out in complete 70s disco outfits, transporting everyone back to Studio 54 in New York. The hair was big, the bell bottoms even bigger. All the mamas looked groovy and the men stepped it up to strut to the beat. After dinner and the live and silent auctions, everybody was ready to get down and that’s when the party really got into a groove, man.  Everyone was treated to an evening of fun and fundraising in support of the battle against childhood cancer.

The 2014 edition of the Bal de Neige was recently held in February. This year’s theme was “Rhinestone Cowboy – Denim and Diamonds, Leather and Lace”.  It was another fun event with everyone in retro urban cowboy kit or good-ol’-boy country denim and boots. All the gals looked real purdy and the guys were ready to hoot n’ holler. After dinner, everyone really started kickin’ up their heels, grabbing partners for some two-steppin’ do-se-do that lasted into the wee hours.  Funds from the 2014 Bal de Neige will support the Lighthouse Program for Grieving Children and paediatric programs and services at Wellspring. A cheque will be presented to these groups later this year.

The Bal de Neige is dedicated to the memory of Alex Pace who was diagnosed in 2007 with osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer. Alex passed away in 2009, at the age of 11. The Pace’s teenaged daughter, Madeline and her Inside Ride team, Team Alex, organized the first Bal de Neige in 2010. The event now attracts about 400 people annually and continues to be organized by Team Alex.  The team has also raised funds for children’s cancer camps by participating in Tour for Kids since 2008.

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Join our Team!!

Posted on: 21 Mar 2014

Are you energetic and positive, hardworking and flexible? Are you able to see the big picture and execute on the detail to bring it into reality?

Do you want to join the team of feet on the ground who are raising funds and making a difference in the lives of kids and families living with and beyond cancer?

Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation is looking for the following team members:

INSIDE RIDE LEAD CREW/EMCEE

  • Two (2) Part time positions
  • Reports to Inside Ride Event Manager/Operations and Logistics Manager
  • Location: Toronto based – travel locally, regionally and occasional nationally

ROLE and RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Travel  to Inside Rides/National Inside Ride Tour event locations
  • Loading/Unloading vehicles for all Foundation events
  • Driving various size trucks (cargo vans, 16ft-26ft trucks)
  • Lead set up and tear down at Inside Ride Events including sound system, tents, bikes and trainers – working with event location volunteers
  • Emcee IR events
  • Basic bike mechanical  support at events
  • Deliver presentations/assemblies for Inside Rides
  • Perform site visits for corporate events and develop logistics plan for special needs/requirements
  • Assist Operations and Logistics Manager with warehouse and inventory maintenance
  • Assist in maintaining all event materials (tents, bikes, trainers, audio-visual, vehicles etc.) in good repair, clean and professional manner
  • Admin support as required while on multi-day travel.
  • Daily travel and some multi-day travel required, occasional weekend events

Interested candidates please send resume and salary expectations to: contact@ctcacf.org

With the subject line:

APPLICATION: INSIDE RIDE LEAD CREW/EMCEE

Deadline: March 28, 2014

Only interview candidates will be contacted.

Thank you for your commitment to kids living with and beyond cancer.

 

501st Legion at Sick Kids

Posted on: 12 Mar 2014

On Friday March 7, Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation in cooperation with Toronto ComiCon brought some fun and excitement to Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto.

Toronto ComiCon celebrates pop culture, connecting over 25,000 fans that are drawn to the 3-day event. The show features well known super-heroes such as Spider Man, Super Man, and the characters from Star Wars, Star Trek, and many other popular shows, movies, comics, animé and gaming.

On Friday afternoon, to help kick off this year’s Toronto ComiCon, a squadron of the 501st Legion came to Marnie’s Lounge at Sick Kids in Toronto to meet many of the children.  The 501st Legion is a worldwide group of Star Wars costume enthusiasts who make appearances at many events. The mission of the 501st Legion is to promote interest in Star Wars, to participate in Star Wars-related events and to contribute to the local community through costumed charity and volunteer work.  The Ontario garrison of the 510st Legion has about 400 members.

The event drew media attention as well, with CityTV and CTV News airing some reports later that day.

The kids had fun meeting some of their favourites… Darth Vader, R2-D2, Obi-wan Kenobe, Jango Fett, as well as some Storm Troopers and Imperial Guards. There were lots of smiles and excited chatter once the kids got over their initial shyness. Even parents got into the act… declaring their favourites and asking for photos and autographs.

One little boy, Matthew, from Ottawa, who has been in hospital for almost 9 months, was all smiles as he had his picture taken with R2-D2 and Darth Vader. After the picture he clambered out of his wheel chair to give R2-D2 a big hug. His Child Life Specialist later said, fighting back tears, that it was the first time since his arrival at the hospital, that she had seen him smile.

After meeting all of the kids in Marnie’s Lounge, Jango Fett, Darth Vaader, Obi-Wan Kenobe, R2-D2 and several of the Storm Troopers went off to visit more children who had asked to see them in their rooms.

As the afternoon wrapped, Darth Vader and Jango Fett declared the visit a big success. R2-D2 squawked and tweeted his approval as well. Together they committed the 501st Legion to returning to Sick Kids on Labour Day weekend to help kick off their next big event, Fan Expo. Jango then admitted that there were also a few tears under the helmets of the members of the 501St Legion as they listened to the stories of some these children and their families. They felt very good about bringing a bit fun and excitement to the children at Sick Kids Hospital.

So did we!

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Update- Credit Card Donations Issue Resolved

Posted on: 17 Sep 2013

Following an outage this afternoon to our 3rd party donations and registrations system, we are back online and ready to accept donations. During that time, riders were unable to access their fundraising pages, and donors were unable to make donations. Our service provider has worked quickly and resolved this issue. We do not anticipate further issues, however, we will keep you notified using this space regarding any changes.

We regret any issues this may have caused our donors and participants. Should you encounter any donations or registrations issues, please contact Liz Chornenki- Coordinator, Donor and Participant Relations at liz.chornenki@ctcacf.org

Thank you for continuing to support children and families living with and beyond cancer.

 

The Coast to Coast Team

Credit Card Donations Issue

Posted on: 17 Sep 2013

Please be advised that we are currently experiencing an outage related to our 3rd party credit card processing company. This means that we are unable to process credit card donations at this time- however, all other functions of our website are presently operational.

If you’ve attempted to make a donation, and been directed to a page saying to contact our organization for assistance, please wait a few hours and try again- we will also update this page when the issue has been repaired.

We regret any difficulties this outage may cause of donors and our riders, and we’re looking forward to getting this swiftly resolved.

If you have any questions, please email contact@ctcacf.org and we will assist you.

 

The Coast to Coast Team

Donations Outage Notice

Posted on: 12 Sep 2013

Please be advised that we are currently experiencing an outage related to our 3rd party credit card processing company. This means that we are unable to process credit card donations at this time- however, all other functions of our website are presently operational.

If you’ve attempted to make a donation, and been directed to a page saying to contact our organization for assistance, please wait a few hours and try again- we will also update this page when the issue has been repaired.

We regret any difficulties this outage may cause of donors and our riders, and we’re looking forward to getting this swiftly resolved.

If you have any questions, please email contact@ctcacf.org and we will assist you.

 

The Coast to Coast Team

Update- Donations and Registration Outage Resolved

Posted on: 27 Aug 2013

Following an outage last night, we experienced a second outage of our 3rd party donations and registrations system this afternoon. During this time, riders were unable to access their fundraising pages, and donors were unable to make donations. Our service provider has worked quickly and resolved this issue. We do not anticipate further issues, however, we will keep you notified using this space regarding any changes.

We regret any issues this may have caused our donors and participants. Should you encounter any donations or registrations issues, please contact Liz Chornenki- Coordinator, Donor and Participant Relations at liz.chornenki@ctcacf.org

Thank you for continuing to support children and families living with and beyond cancer.

 

The Coast to Coast Team

 
 

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