TORONTO, ON, AUGUST 15, 2022/insPRESS/ – On June 29th, the Women in Insurance Cancer Crusade, Ontario Chapter held our 24th Annual WICC Gala at the renowned Fairmont Royal York Hotel in beautiful Toronto.
The sold-out night celebrated the highly anticipated gala theme “Margaritaville, inspired by the sun and sand of the Florida Keys! At 5:00 p.m., we kicked off Happy Hour together as friends and colleagues celebrated after the break of two years
Guests dreamed of Florida sun with sand between their toes, while listening to the soothing sounds of the islands and Brian Neale and Northern Harbor – Jimmy Buffett Margaritaville Tribute Band.
“Thank you for your continued support and a toast to the amazing triumphs, challenges overcome, new traditions, memories and perspective we have all gained over the past two years,” said Laurel DiMaso, WICC Gala Co-Chair and Vice President of ‘Business Strategy. for Integricon.
All funds donated from the evening’s gala, including the sold-out raffle and online auction, the whopping $150,000 donation went directly to support cancer research in partnership with the proposal process for grants from the Canadian Cancer Society.
Without the generous support of our sponsors on the night, this event would not have been possible. The WICC Gala Committee is proud of the incredible generosity of all supporters this year.
WICC Board of Directors Co-Chairs Garth Pepper and Marilyn Horrick were pleased to announce our 2021 award winners. The Board of Directors considers WICC’s many contributors and nominates those we believe have demonstrated exceptional advocacy, engagement and support.
the “LEW DUNN Memorial Award” is presented to the volunteer or business that demonstrates exceptional initiative in awareness and commitment in support of WICC. Lew Dunn is a former CEO of CGU Canada (now Aviva Canada) who lost his battle with cancer in 1999.
- Newcom Media takes home the award for invaluable help in various areas in 2021, specifically the new logo design for the 2021 rebrand and support for the 25th anniversary celebrations.
the “GOLD FLAME Awards” are presented to individuals or organizations that have donated over $5,000 and/or made significant contributions through engagement and awareness. Winners like:
- Echelon Insurance, Unica Insurance and Markel Insurance for their generous donations in 2021 as part of the 25th anniversary celebrations.
WICC’s highest level of recognition, the “HALL OF FLAME Award” are presented to individuals or organizations that have donated over $20,000 and/or made significant contributions through engagement and awareness.
- Northbridge Insurance received the highest recognition and accepted the award. Northbridge is a national sponsor who has consistently supported WICC over the years. WICC has always been his favorite charity, and it shows. Northbridge is one of our oldest donors, having contributed annually since WICC’s inception and deserves a nomination for the Hall of Flame. In 2021, our 25th anniversary year, Northbridge made a gift of $25,000 to the cause, over and above its regular annual sponsorship, and WICC is incredibly grateful for this unprecedented show of support.
The Gala may be over, but it’s not too late to show your support. Learn more about our National Sponsorship Program. Thank you to everyone who joined the Gala and to our sponsors for your continued commitment to supporting communities, celebrating survivors and remembering those lost to cancer.
Since its inception in 1996, WICC and the men and women of the property and casualty insurance industry in Canada have raised more than $18.6 million nationally in support of research and cancer education. WICC’s mission is to unite and engage the Canadian insurance community to fund cancer research, educate and support those affected by cancer, and improve their lives. More information about WICC can be found at wicc.ca.
About the Canadian Cancer Society
The Canadian Cancer Society works tirelessly to save and improve lives. We fund the brightest minds in cancer research. We provide a compassionate support system for all those affected by cancer, coast to coast and for all types of cancer. As the voice of Canadians who care about cancer, we work with governments to establish healthy public policies to prevent cancer and better support people living with the disease. No other organization does what we do to improve lives today and change the future of cancer forever.
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Co-Chair, Communications, WICC Ontario