In a breakout period in our history when women are taking it next-level, the annual ICRF (Israel Cancer Research Fund) Women of Action Luncheon at Le Windsor Ballrooms continues to showcase some of the leading pioneers in our midst, along with keynote speakers making a difference internationally.
The recent 14th edition — expertly chaired by Michelle Lipper, Alana Geller (a partner at diamond sponsor Richter), Leah Moss (attending festivities with husband and past ICRF president Robert Bard, president of Dorchester Wealth Management) and Alana Wexler Schwartz (on scene with husband Howard) — featured community honouree Nathalie Hazan, president/founder of Raison d’Art (accompanied by husband Philippe Telio, president/founder of Startup Fest, and children Ella, Ruby and Zack); business honourees and sisters Mandy and Rebecca Wolfe, co-founders of Mandy’s (with cheering squad, mom Judy, brother Josh and Rebecca’s husband, Vincenzo Cavallo); and science honouree Dr. Livia Garzia, a metastatic sarcoma investigator at the Junior Investigator Research Institute at McGill University (with husband and Sick Kids hospital research associate Dr. Graham Pitcher).
As is ICRF tradition, each of their remarkable journeys were communicated in a moving original film by Kamafilms that didn’t leave a dry eye in the audience, inspiring the sold-out crowd to fresh heights. They included ICRF top brass like CEO Alexandra Schwartz, with children/volunteers Roian and Dylan Bonnamie, and GM Sheryl Ramroop, as well as invaluable ICRF supporters like honorary co-chair Dale Boidman, with husband Nathan; ICRF president Jeffrey Bernstein, with wife Maxine Foldiak; ICRF scientific board chairman Dr. Walter Gotlieb, with wife Ariella; Michael Kors Canada president and 2018 honouree DebraMargles, platinum sponsor of the mystery gifts; businesswoman/media personality MitsouGélinas;Jane Brandman and Claire Webster;Evelyn Wajcer, founder of K.I.D.S. daycares, with daughter Lisa Vatch; Catherine Turner, Jill Aberman and Erika Ludwick;BrendaGewurz, with mother Rita Urman and daughter-in-law Julie Sugarman; plastic surgeon Sandra McGill, with friend and newcomer to the city Elizabeth Burns; Linda Shaw, MiaMelmed Goodman and Roz Druckman; Laurence Levy, Scotiabank regional director, wealth management; Marie-Christine St-Yves, private banker, Scotia Wealth Management; LindsayHollinger, Private Wealth Management, Jarislowsky Fraser; and ferosh Feifer sisters Jordanna and Alexandra.
While the honourees were a major lure, along with other highlights — including a magnificent three-course lunch by Le Windsor, replete with vegetarian gluten-free options from Doughnats and LYNQ; a super-raffle organized by Richter with generous prizes from Delmar, Anzie and over 50 instawins; Love Notes installation by Maison d’Étude founders AlexandraShiller and Mira Katz; and silent auction centrepieces with products and services from over 20 female Montreal trailblazing brands, including Diary of a Social Gal, Modo Yoga, Mandy’s, Aurum, Caregiver Crosswalk, Nannette de Gaspé and others — there was still the main event: a featured speaker who added to the magic with much of her own.
For those not yet familiar with force of fabulous Kris Carr, she’s the New York Times bestselling author of Crazy Sexy Diet, filmmaker of the Crazy Sexy Cancer documentary featured on Oprah, and a passionate wellness advocate. She also surthrives Stage 4 EHE — a rare form of cancer — every single day, refusing to let it win, showing cancer who’s boss.
Given that pedigree, it’s no wonder the powerhouse had us at hello, sharing her five pillars of wellness with signature warmth and humour: the importance of incorporating the right foods, drink, thoughts, rest and renewal into our lives. To Carr, along with advancing research and science in the quest for a cure, self-care is integral to health care in all aspects of our being, whether battling a disease or not, enabling us to acquire the energy and joy we need to live full, beautiful lives, whole and present for who and what we love.
All of the above — plus over $250,000 raised for cancer research fellowships under the supervision of doctors Walter Gotlieb, Lorenzo Ferri, Marc Isler and Hugh Clarke — made for one perfect Sunday.
Congrats, ICRF, you’ve done it again, rocking a stellar event while funding life-saving research in Montreal and Israel. Together we can find a cure.
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