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Bovet - Artists for Peace and Justice Fundraiser Gala

Bovet Artists for Peace and Justice Fundraiser Gala

Bovet 1822 was the title sponsor at the annual Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ) Fundraiser Gala held at Casa Loma in Toronto Ontario, raising 1.5 million dollars.

Bovet is APJ’s strategic long term partner, ensuring they are able to give 100 percent of every dollar raised at these fundraisers directly to Haiti. The event was co-hosted by an influential team, including Pascal Raffy, Owner of Bovet 1822, Paul Haggis, Madeleine Stowe, Jason Reitman and George Stroumboulopoulos.

This year’s event included a sit-down dinner at the spectacular Casa Loma, operated by Liberty Entertainment Group.

Mr. Raffy addressed the audience to give his own endorsement of the cause. Not only has his House Bovet 1822 agreed to support the fundraising efforts of APJ for at least five years -a commitment of 5 million dollars- but Mr. Raffy traveled to Haiti himself to visit the facilities and stated clearly that he will ensure that the pledges raised will go directly to help these children receive an education.

Father Rick addressed the guests about his experiences in the country over the past thirty years. When he first went to Haiti in the 1980's, he realized that what Haitians needed most was medical support.

Following Father Rick’s remarks, guests were treated to a surprise performance by the Grammy-Award-nominated American indie rock band, The National. The Arkells also performed, receiving a standing ovation after their dynamic performance of their hit song “Whistleblower”, and Slaight Music’s Stacey Kay entertained the crowd with her unique urban pop style.

Mr. Raffy was able to see these desperate needs first hand during his trip to Haiti this April with some of the APJ team and Madeleine Stowe. He was introduced to Father Rick upon his arrival to Cite Soleil, the poorest region of Haiti, and was able to witness not only the need but the progress that has been made. Mr. Raffy was also able to tour the Academy for Peace and Justice, which serves the poorest and most deserving youth in Port-au-Prince.

 

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