On May 29 and June 9, members of the community came together at two fundraising events in support of research at Sinai Health System. Thanks to the support of the community, research at Sinai Health System is helping advance our understanding of health and disease and ultimately eradicate the diseases of our time.
Over 140 avid golfers came together on May 29 at the 23rd Annual Mount Sinai Classic Golf Tournament presented by The Equitable Bank and Chestnut Park/Echelon Wealth Partners. Held at St. George’s Golf & Country Club, the annual event raised $600,000 in support of the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute (LTRI), part of Sinai Health System.
The event featured a day of golf with interactive activities and food throughout the course, followed by a dinner, silent and live auction. The event was led by a dedicated committee of Sinai supporters, and co-chaired by Stephen Miller and Brian Cohen.
Since the event’s inception, the Classic Golf Tournament has raised more than $7.5 million for research at Sinai Health System’s LTRI. Comprised of 34 highly collaborative labs with cutting-edge facilities, over 750 staff the LTRI are studying a variety of disease processes in 183,000 square feet of research space. As one of the top 10 biomedical research institutes in North America, the LTRI is a magnet for recruiting the best and brightest scientific minds. Discoveries at the LTRI result in new and better ways to prevent, diagnose and treat common illnesses to build a healthier future for Canadians and the world.
On June 9, Porsche enthusiasts united at the Woodbine Entertainment Centre in support of research into a broad spectrum of men’s health issues at Mount Sinai Hospital. Sponsored by Downtown Porsche, the Sinai Porsche Rally is inspired by Jordy Mecklinger’s successful outcome in the battle with infertility and genetic disorders related to cystic fibrosis.
“I have a profound appreciation for the staff at Mount Sinai Hospital’s Murray Koffler Urologic Wellness Centre,” says Jordy Mecklinger, event founder, former patient, and Chair of the Men’s Health and Prostate Cancer Cabinet at Mount Sinai Hospital. “A few years ago, I was diagnosed with a rare form of Cystic Fibrosis and infertility, but thanks to the work of Dr. Keith Jarvi and the staff at Mount Sinai, my wife Pam and I were able to have our twins, Hayley and Brandon. Every day, I’m grateful for my beautiful family and this inspires me to give back to the hospital.”
This exclusive event featured a jam-packed day comprised of riveting Porsche driving experiences. The route consisted of several settings such as highways, country roads and an autocross course. Participants were able to choose from several high-end cars, such as the Porsche 911, the Porsche Boxster and the Porsche Cayman. The event also featured educational speeches from some of the country’s top men's health, prostate, and bladder cancer doctors.
“Funds from this event will help drive research and allow us to provide better target treatments for a variety of men’s health issues,” says Dr. Keith Jarvi, Director of the Murray Koffler Urologic Wellness Centre and Head of Urology at the Mount Sinai Hospital. “The future of this research is to tailor therapies to offer better, more personalized treatments and improve the accuracy of our diagnoses.”