The Grand Bal des Vins-Cœurs in the Cirque du Soleil’s studios: A wonderful start to the fall season!



September 8, 2016

$1,700,000 raised for the Foundation's Grand Bal

The 16th edition of the Montreal Heart Institute Foundation’s (MHIF) Grand Bal des Vins-Coeurs will take place tonight in the Cirque du Soleil’s studios for the first time! “The Cirque du Soleil has been a partner of the Foundation for many years now and they will go all out to give us a magnificent performance. Bernard Derome will be the master of ceremonies for this prestigious event,” said Henri-Paul Rousseau, President of the Board of Directors of the Foundation. Also present tonight will be: Gaétan Barrette, Minister of Health and Social Services, Hélène David, Minister of Higher Education, Guy Breton, rector of Université de Montréal, as well as several key figures from Montreal’s artistic and business communities including Guy Carbonneau, Isabelle Maréchal, Daniele Henkel, and Jean-Luc Mongrain. “By attending the event, these individuals demonstrate the importance of supporting the Montreal Heart Institute (MHI), a jewel of our city and an international leader in cardiovascular medicine,” said Dr. Denis Roy, Chief Executive Officer of the Montreal Heart Institute.

During the evening, the Foundation will award its prestigious medal of honour to members of the Saputo family in recognition of their generosity, involvement, and dedication to the Foundation. The family will use this opportunity to announce that they are making an outstanding donation dedicated to preventing cardiovascular disease at the Montreal Heart Institute.

The Foundation has benefited from the precious contribution of its platinum partners: National Bank and BMO Financial Group. Thank you to our loyal partners, the Cirque du Soleil for their performance and the SAQ for their selection of superb wines. Thank you to all of you who have supported us to help us make the Grand Bal des Vins-Coeur a success.

$1,700,000 for the Montreal Heart Institute
Since its creation in 1977, the Foundation has donated more than $218 million to the Montreal Heart Institute, one of the best cardiology centres in the world for the benefit of all Quebecers. During this fundraising event attended by more than 750 guests, the Foundation will raise more than $1,700,000.  

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About the Montreal Heart Institute Foundation
The mission of the Montreal Heart Institute Foundation is to raise and administer funds to support the Institute's priority and innovative projects and help its fight against cardiovascular disease, the number-one cause of death worldwide.


About the Montreal Heart Institute
Founded in 1954 by Dr. Paul David, the Montreal Heart Institute constantly aims for the highest standards of excellence in the cardiovascular field through its leadership in clinical and basic research, ultra-specialized care, professional training, and prevention. It is part of the broad network of health excellence made up of Université de Montréal and its affiliated institutions. According to Research Infosource, the Montreal Heart Institute has been ranked the number one research hospital in Canada for research intensity and funding per researcher.                                                                       

For more information :
Lise Plante, MBA
Director of Public Relations
Montreal Heart Institute Foundation
Tel.: 514-376-3330, ext. 3898 |
Cell. 514-632-6030 | @ICMtl