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The Auxiliary Insider summer 2011 Newsletter

ride in our past.

Building our future.

Chef’s Challenge This November, Chef’s Challenge™: The Ultimate Battle for a Cure presented by World MasterCard™ returns with Master Chef, Food Network Star and restaurateur Bobby Flay. After raising $1.1 million in its inaugural year, Bobby Flay will host the second annual event with an all-star line-up of Food Network celebrity chefs including Chuck Hughes, David Rocco, Lynn Crawford, Mark McEwan, Massimo Capra and Nadia G. Participants who fundraise the minimum $2500 each, will have the chance to attend while enjoying a five course dinner with wine pairings conceived by Chef Bobby Flay, and watch the challenge unfold on stage. Members of the audience will also be called upon during the evening to complete table-side, throw-down challenges for Chef Bobby Flay. The top 60 fundraisers will be led by one of the six Food Network Celebrity Chefs, join a team and cook three courses under the watchful eye of Chef Bobby Flay before submitting their plates for judging. David Rocco

Mark McEwan

Chuck Hughes

Massimo Capra

Lyn Crawford

Nadia G

At the recent media launch, Chefs Rocco, Capra and McEwan — who all

participated in last year’s challenge — dished out words of friendly competition and shared why they are coming back for more. “There’s a real sense of pride knowing that we can all come together and do what we love to do to raise money for such an important cause,” said Rocco, whose twin daughters were born at Mount Sinai Hospital. Funds raised will support breast and ovarian cancer research at the Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute of Mount Sinai Hospital and education through Mount Sinai’s Marvelle Koffler Breast Centre. Chef’s Challenge™ will take place November 26 to 27, 2011 at the Constitution Hall, Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Think you have what it takes to cook with the best? Visit www. to learn more and register! Plus as an added bonus if you register and refer a friend you will receive a $100 gift certificate to your choice of any of the following participating restaurants: Fabbrica, Bymark, North 44, ONE, Ruby Watchco, Mistura, SOPRA Upper Lounge and Garde Manger (Montreal). See you in the cooking arena on November 26!

do you have what it takes to get into our kitchen?

Mount Sinai Hospital Auxiliary 208-600 University Avenue Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5G 1X5

t 416-586-8290

Past Event highlights

Strike Out Cancer MLB alumni and celebrity heavy hitters played hard at the inaugural Strike Out Cancer softball fundraiser in support of Mount Sinai Hospital. On May 14 to 15 and 17, Mount Sinai Hospital Auxiliary hit one out of the park, with a three-day baseball fundraiser raising over $1.4 million for breast and ovarian cancer research and care. Mount Sinai Hospital staff and volunteers, Major League Baseball alumni, athletes, celebrities and participants of all-ages came together for this one-of-a-kind event that was presented by RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust.


The Draft Party kicked off at the Richmond Greens Sports Centre on May 14 where celebrities, teams and sponsors gathered for a cocktail reception and the chance to have first pick to draft their choice celebrity or athlete. Honorary Chair, Actor Kurt Russell was among some of the best in sports and entertainment including Major League Baseball alumni David Justice, Roberto Alomar, Brett Saberhagen, Gary Cater, Tim Raines, Dave Parker, Devon White, Andre Dawson, Gary Sheffield, Pedro Guerrero, Vince Coleman, athletes Gary Leeman, Marcus Allen, Eric Dickerson and actors Alfonso Ribeiro and Enrico Colantoni. The highlight of the day was the championship game between the Sinai Sluggers (top fundraising team) against an all-star line up of celebrities, where the All-Star Celebrity team won 7-2.

The camaraderie between team members and celebrities was outstanding. Participants were mingling together and getting into the true spirit of the event; raising critical funds for a world class institution, while having a blast. Auxiliary member, Julia Paisley said it best, “What a view, what a thrill! The sound of the bat, crack — the wind from the swing — ­ I’ll cherish these memories forever.” The Grand Slam Gala on May 17, was the concluding event with entertainment provided by Chicago before a gathering of 1,000 guests at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

Foundation, Mount Sinai Hospital Department of Medicine; Perspectives Magazine Sponsor, ING Direct; Media Sponsors, National Post, CTV, CP24, eTalk, TSN Radio 1050; and Print Sponsor, The Printing House for making it all possible. The second annual Strike Out Cancer will be held on June 9 to 10, 2012. Please visit for more information and to register your team. Help us strike out women’s cancer!

The Auxiliary would like to thank Presenting Sponsor, RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust; Entertainment Sponsor, Judy Wells; Platinum Sponsor, First Capital, Ken and Rachel Flood, CGI; Gold Sponsor, Kohl and Frisch, D H Gales Family


Past Event highlights

Speaker Series Moms for Sinai hosted the first session in their annual speaker series on Wednesday July 20, featuring Janice Shaw, M.A., M.S.W., RSW Coordinator from The Changing Family Program, Jewish Family & Child. The speaker series, “Broken Cookies: Discipline and Why Kids Need It,” was an open discussion on strategies to discipline your child and why consistency is most important for a child’s development. Guests were asked to bring a new teddy bear to be donated to the Mount Sinai Hospital NICU. Thirty-three mothers were in attendance, along with their bears, eager to hear from the child expert, share parenting tips, gain insight and enjoy an evening with friends. The event was well received. For more information on the Moms for Sinai speaker series, please contact Antoniette Garda deCabezas at (L to R) Kailee Mecklinger, Jennifer Konopny, Janice Shaw, Jennifer Brodlieb, Jennifer Elmaleh

Moms for Sinai is hosting the event Eat Drink Give on October 11 at the Sub-Zero /Wolf Showroom, featuring Toronto’s own Gail Simmons, best known as a judge on Food Network Canada’s Top Chef and host of Top Chef: Just Desserts. The inaugural event will serve up an elegant, intimate evening of cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, paired with the opportunity to learn some of Gail’s best cooking techniques and recipes.

“I am thrilled to be hosting Moms for Sinai’s inaugural Eat Drink Give event this year.” gail simmons


Proceeds from Eat Drink Give will support women’s health at Mount Sinai Hospital. “I am thrilled to be hosting Moms for Sinai’s inaugural Eat Drink Give event this year, said Gail Simmons. “Not only was I born at the hospital myself, but have always been grateful for the excellent care my family and I have received there over the years. Research and education on breast and ovarian cancers is vital to maintaining the health of all women. I am proud to support such a worthy cause for a hospital that has always been close to my heart.” Tickets for Eat Drink Give are limited and are $100 for members and $125 for non-members. For more information and to purchase tickets online please visit

Message from the President Dear members and friends, I want to congratulate you on another successful year. I am proud of the contribution we have made to Mount Sinai Hospital. The inaugural Strike Out Cancer baseball fundraiser presented by RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust was a smashing success that raised over $1.4 million for breast and ovarian cancer research and care. Next year Strike Out Cancer will take place June 9 to 10, 2012. Visit to sign up your team. Barbara Kerbel-May

Barbara Kerbel-May president

Carole Grafstein, CM past president

Karen Goldlist president elect

Mia Louis vice-president

Lori Rosenthal vice-president

Camille Dan vice-president

Lisa Colt director

Are you ready for the ultimate throw-down? The second annual Chef’s Challenge™: The Ultimate Battle for a Cure presented by World MasterCard™ will take place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Constitution Hall on November 26 to 27 with Chef Bobby Flay. Bobby Flay is bringing his talent north of the border to lead Food Network Celebrity Chef’s Mark McEwan, David Rocco, Lynn Crawford, Massimo Capra, Nadia G and Chuck Hughes as they guide the top 60 fundraisers in a live iron chef style cookoff onstage. Each team of 10 will prepare three courses of a five course meal as guests look on in anticipation. Seated guests who have fundraised a minimum $2500 will enjoy a five course meal with wine pairings that have been conceived by Chef Bobby Flay. Remember once you register you can refer a friend and receive a $100 gift certificate to one of our participating restaurants including: Fabbrica, Bymark, North 44, ONE, Ruby Watchco, Mistura, SOPRA Upper Lounge and Garde Manger (Montreal). Visit for more details. Finally the twenty-fifth edition of Perspectives magazine is being distributed by the National Post on September 8. This year’s Perspectives features more photos, editorial and highlights fabulous events. Don’t miss it! Wishing you a safe and happy summer! I look forward to seeing each and everyone of you this fall. Warm Regards,

Barbara Kerbel-May, President

Congratulations Barbara, and Thank You! On Tuesday, June 14, Auxiliary President Barbara Kerbel-May was presented with the 2011 Ontario Volunteer Service Award for 10 years of service by the Honourable Eric Hoskins, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. Barbara has been a loyal member of the Mount Sinai Hospital Auxiliary for over 15 years and has served on many committees. Not only is she an invaluable member, Barbara is a dedicated leader, serving as Auxiliary President for three terms. On behalf of the entire Auxiliary membership, we congratulate Barbara and thank her for her vision, leadership and volunteerism which has most impressively shaped the Auxiliary for so many years.

Joseph Mapa, President and CEO with Barbara Kerbel-May, Auxiliary President


Upcoming events

Refer a friend to participate in Chef’s Challenge™: The Ultimate Battle for a Cure and you will be dining in style! All you have to do is spread the word. Once you have registered for Chef’s Challenge™, if you refer someone who registers, you will receive a $100 gift certificate to your choice of any of the following participating restaurants: Fabbrica Bymark North 44 ONE Ruby Watchco Mistura SOPRA Upper Lounge Garde Manger (Montreal)

Chef’s Challenge™ is taking place on November 26, 2011 at Constitution Hall in Metro Toronto Convention Centre and this year’s event will be more exciting than ever. Maybe you know some fellow “foodies” who would love the chance to participate in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to “throw down” with Bobby Flay and six other incredible Food Network Celebrity Chefs. Tell them to register at today and give your name as a referral. Only the top 60 fundraisers will earn the opportunity to show off their culinary skills on stage, so let the culinary battle begin!


t 416-586-8203 ext. 3936


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Sinai Hospital

June 9 to 10, 2012 Join MLB Alumni, athletes and celebrities for some “major league action” at the second annual Strike out Cancer Celebrity Softball Tournament in support of breast and ovarian cancer research at Mount Sinai Hospital.

Register your team today and see you in 2012!

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There’s a synergy with a group that’s focused on results. They ARE better together. In this instance, the result of this synergy causes change in the form of caring and healing. They GET better together.

Thank you Mount Sinai Hospital Auxiliary for 58 years of caring.


The Women’s Health Pledge. Better Together.

Auxiliary Insider, Summer 2011  

Mount Sinai Hospital Auxiliary Newlsetter

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