THUNDER BAY – On Friday, October 19, 2012, the Tbaytel Luncheon of Hope will celebrate its 20th Anniversary. Since its inception, this event has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for breast cancer research, education, diagnosis and treatment in Northwestern Ontario.
“I’m so proud to be a part of the organizing committee as we celebrate this milestone anniversary,” said Barb Midgley, Committee Member. “The Luncheon of Hope continues to inspire women here in Northwestern Ontario as they share stories and hear from our distinguished guest speakers. This year, we are pleased to welcome Libby Znaimer, a cancer survivor and prominent Canadian journalist specializing in business, politics and lifestyle issues”.
Don Campbell, President & CEO, Tbaytel, congratulated the committee for their outstanding dedication to this event and remarked, “Tbaytel is delighted to provide ongoing sponsorship of this event so that women can continue to have the best quality of life here in Northwestern Ontario”.
A long-time attendee, Glenn Craig, President and CEO of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation commented on how much women look forward to this event each year. “We have women calling our office wanting to know if tickets have gone on sale so they can reserve their table. It is due to their support that we have been able to make such an impact on breast cancer here in Northwestern Ontario”.
“Furthermore,” said Craig, “100% of the donations raised stay right here in Northwestern Ontario to help support such initiatives as the Linda Buchan Centre, breast MRI, and the Ontario Breast Screening Program (OBSP) coach. Thanks to these and other programs, breast cancer five-year survival rates in Northwestern Ontario are among the highest in the province”.
Tickets for this year’s event are now on sale and can be purchased by calling the Health Sciences Foundation office at 345-HOPE (4673) or online at www.healthsciencesfoundation.ca. Tickets are $50 each or tables of 10 can be purchased for $500. The event begins with an exhibit fair at 10:30 a.m., followed by lunch at 11:45 a.m., all at the Valhalla Inn.
“The Luncheon of Hope is always a ‘sell-out’ event, and we anticipate even greater demand this year, so we recommend buying your tickets early,” said Midgley.