True Patriot Love Foundation Tribute Dinner raises over $2.3 million for the fourth year in a row
TORONTO, Nov. 1, 2012 /CNW/ – Today, the True Patriot Love Foundation’s
annual Tribute Dinner raised over $2 million for the fourth year in a
Since its inaugural year in 2009, the Dinner has quickly become the
largest dinner fundraiser in support of Canada’s military and its
families. The overwhelming support provided by Canadian business,
political, and community leaders is testament to the pressing needs of
“Our great fear is that Canada’s declining presence in Afghanistan leads
to decreased mindshare for the military among civilian Canadians. We
can never let Canada’s military return to those decades of darkness
when they were out of sight and out of mind. With your support, True
Patriot Love will ensure that every military charity in our country
will have financial resources available to them,” said Shaun Francis,
Chair and Co-Founder of TPL.
Among the Canadian leaders and luminaries who attended the gala dinner
included His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor
General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, Chief of the Defence Staff
General Tom Lawson in his first public address since his appointment,
and the Honourable Minister of National Defence Peter MacKay.
True Patriot Love’s commitment to mental health and well-being, physical
health and rehabilitation, and military family health and support was
echoed earlier this year with the Foundation’s pledge to disburse $1
million for mental health, and another $1 million towards physical
rehabilitation and family support. Veterans’ transition will also
remain a major focus for the Foundation, with this fall’s recent True
Patriot Love Expedition comprised of wounded veterans and the True
Patriot Love Tri-National Military Mental Health Symposium.
“Many soldiers face challenges as they transition to post-military life.
With thousands of soldiers expected to transition in the next year,
True Patriot Love’s goal is to ensure that their needs are met. We will
bridge the military and civilian worlds so that corporate employers
recognize the important skills developed during military training.
While Canada’s military role is changing, it is not over. There is
still more work to be done, and more support that is needed.” said
Bronwen Evans, Vice-Chair and Co-Founder of TPL.
Going forward, True Patriot Love will host a veterans’ transition
conference, to be held in Toronto on January 29(th), 2013 and will continue its successful fundraising Tribute Dinners
The True Patriot Love Foundation was formed by a group of dedicated
business leaders to support and honour members of the Canadian military
and their families, while also building bridges between Canadian
civilians and the military to better understand and appreciate the
sacrifices of soldiers and their families.
Over the past three years, True Patriot Love was honoured to have raised
over $13 million to fund a variety of military programs, charities and
causes, when and where it is needed most. Our three key areas of
support are Family Health and Support, Physical Health and
Rehabilitation and Mental Health and Well-Being.
Please visit www.truepatriotlovefoundation.com for more information.
SOURCE True Patriot Love Foundation