2010 – Toronto East General Hospital

Co-Chairs: Michael Cooper, Blake Hutcheson, Duncan Jackman
Vice Chair: Michael Burns
Benefactor Dinner Chair: Helen Stevenson


Over $3.2 million raised in support of Toronto East General Hospital Foundation

Torontonians once again showed their generosity at this year’s Brazilian Carnival Ball, which took place on Saturday, May 8th. The Ball, held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, celebrated over44 years of dance, music and friendship and raised over $3.2 million, which will go towards Toronto East General Hospital’s (TEGH) Destination for Health Care Excellence Campaign, a $60M private sector campaign in support of TEGH’s $200M Capital Redevelopment Project.

Supporters from Toronto’s arts, fashion, political and business communities came together to help raise awareness and funds. To date, the Ball has raised more than $55 million net for numerous causes in health care, research, education and culture, helping to change the lives of people here in Toronto and abroad.

“This evening marked another successful chapter in the Ball’s history, and I am so appreciative of everyone’s warmth, kindness and patronage,” says Ivan X. de Souza, President and CEO of the Brazilian Carnival Ball and husband of the late Anna Maria de Souza. “The city of Toronto has consistently shown its generosity and it’s because of this generosity that so many charitable organizations have benefited tremendously from the proceeds raised each year. I know Anna Maria would have been deeply grateful and proud.”

The excitement began from the moment guests entered the Convention Centre. They experienced exotic music, the tantalizing aroma of authentic cuisine, the bustle of a local market, and the vibrant spirit and revelry of the Carnival Parade. They also were entertained by the mesmerizing Brazilian dancers and their beautifully adorned costumes.

This year’s Co-Chairs included three prominent Toronto businessmen; Michael Cooper, Managing Partner, DREAM and Chief Executive Officer, Dundee REIT, Blake Hutcheson, President and CEO, Oxford Properties, and Duncan Jackman, Chairman and CEO, E-L Financial Corporation Limited.

“Community hospitals like TEGH are not only the gateway, but they are the foundation on which our health care system is built. There is a great need for investment into this foundation, as TEGH is a leader in quality and fiscal management and is worthy of such an investment,” says Blake Hutcheson.

The Ball’s success would also not have been possible without the generous contributions from this year’s corporate sponsors, some of which included BMO Financial Group, Magna International Inc., MI Developments Inc., TD and Yamana Gold.

The 2010 Brazilian Carnival Ball upheld its tradition of being one of the most successful galas in Canada and the funds raised this year will allow the Toronto East General Hospital to continue its leadership role in providing high quality care, service and training within its community.


Founder, Brazilian Carnival Ball

Anna Maria de Souza

President and CEO, Brazilian Carnival Ball

Ivan X. de Souza


Michael Cooper, CEO
Dundee Realty Management

Blake Hutcheson, President and CEO
Oxford Properties

Duncan Jackman, Chairman and CEO
E-L Financial Corporation Limited

Vice Chair

Michael Burns, President, Clearsight Inc.
A Division of Wellington West

Benefactor Dinner Chair

Helen Stevenson
Asst. Deputy Minister and Executive Officer
Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

Public Relations Chair

Robin Kerbel, COO

Six Degrees Medical Consulting


Globe and Mail Thank You: PDF format

Invitation: PDF format

Press Release: PDF format

Picture Gallery: Portraits and Table Shots

Event Photos

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