Emmy and Grammy Award-Winner, Chris Rock, to be Headline Performer for Toronto East General Hospital’s Laughter is the Best Medicine II, March 29, 2014
Toronto’s Own Comedy Star, Will Arnett, returns as Master of Ceremonies
for the Hospital’s Comedy Gala
TORONTO, Nov. 26, 2013 /CNW/ – Canada’s leading community teaching
hospital is set to give Toronto a follow-up dose of its funniest
prescription ever with Laughter is the Best Medicine II. Emmy and Grammy award winner, Chris Rock, will headline Toronto East
General Hospital’s comedy gala–zapping the funny bones of the city’s
movers and shakers on March 29, 2014 at the Allstream Centre.
Will Arnett, known for his sardonic wit and hallmark irreverence–and now
bestowed with the tongue-in-cheek title of “Honorary TEGH Doctor”,
following his side-splitting performance hosting the inaugural Laughter is the Best Medicine (April 2012)–is returning as Master of Ceremonies for what promises to
be another hilarious comedy event.
“Chris Rock is an iconic comedian in a class of his own,” said Michael
Geddes, Gala Co-Chair. “Entertainment Weekly has called him ‘the funniest person in America’ plus he’s consistently
voted ‘One of the Greatest Stand-ups of All Time’. We’re ecstatic to be
able to present our guests with such outstanding talent for the gala
and equally thrilled that Mr. Rock has chosen Laughter is the Best Medicine II for a rare stand up comedy appearance. It will be a memorable evening!”
“When Jerry Seinfeld headlined the inaugural Laughter Is the Best Medicine Comedy Gala, with Will Arnett as MC, we set a new standard for charity galas in
this city,” said Toronto East General Hospital Foundation Board Chair,
Michael Burns. “The event, which drew a healthy turnout of
approximately 1600 guests, raised three million dollars for The Toronto
East General Hospital Foundation.”
Burns added, “People are still smiling about it. And Laughter is the Best Medicine II is shaping up to be even better. The room will be in stitches!”
The proceeds from Laughter is the Best Medicine II will contribute to the establishment of the Ken and Marilyn Thomson
Patient Care Centre at Toronto East General Hospital. TEGH is also
delighted to welcome BMO Financial Group back as Presenting Sponsor.
Laughter Is the Best Medicine II comedy gala–in support of Toronto East General Hospital Foundation
Date: Saturday, March 29, 2014
Place: Allstream Centre, Exhibition Place, Toronto
For more information: foundation.tegh.on.ca/gala
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About Toronto East General Hospital:
Toronto East General Hospital (TEGH) is setting a new standard. This
award-winning, community teaching hospital serves the socially and
economically diverse neighbourhoods of east Toronto. The hospital
provides superb clinical treatment and is gaining acclaim as the Centre
of Excellence in Thoracic Surgery, Robotic Technology and Child &
Adolescent Mental Health.
About the TEGH Capital Redevelopment Campaign:
Toronto East General Hospital is in the midst of an ambitious $211
million Redevelopment Project. The focal point of this expansion is the
new Ken and Marilyn Thomson Patient Care Centre, which will usher in a
new era of leading-edge health care. Proceeds from Laughter is the Best Medicine II will support this new landmark health care facility, increasing access
to inpatient and outpatient services for the more than half a million
people throughout the GTA who rely on Toronto East General Hospital for
health care excellence.
The TEGH Foundation is currently concluding a $60-million private-sector
campaign to support this historic redevelopment. More than $54 million
has been raised to date through the commitment, generosity and vision
of volunteers and donors.
SOURCE Toronto East General Hospital
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