The Mayor’s Ball Raises Record Amount for Mental Health Foundation in Quebec

2023-12-02 03:24:20

The Mayor’s Ball, the most glamorous event of the year in Quebec, raised a record amount of $800,000 for the Fondation jeunesse en tête, in order to prevent psychological distress among young people aged 11 to 18.

The 12th edition of the posh evening will have made it possible to greatly exceed the objective of $675,000 which had been set by the organizers. The chairman of the board of directors of the Fondation Jeunes en Tête and head of customer relations at the National Bank, Éric Bujold, said he was “delighted to see that so much money could be used to help young people who need it” .

The mayor of Quebec, Bruno Marchand, the honorary president of the evening and president and CEO of the Mouvement Desjardins, Guy Cormier, and the president of the board of directors of the Fondation Jeunes en tête, Éric Bujold. Photo Agence QMI, Pascal Huot

Last year, the sum of $650,000 was raised during the Mayor’s Ball.

“A young person who drops out, who falls behind or who is not mentally well, is not only very serious in itself, but it also has an enormous cost for the economy and society,” underlines the president of honor of the 12th Ball of the mayor and president and CEO of Desjardins Group, Guy Cormier.

Former Olympian and lawyer at BCF, Business Lawyers, Alex Harvey, shakes hands with Minister Jonatan Julien. Photo Agence QMI, Pascal Huot

More than 650 guests purchased tickets to take part in the charity ball, which took place under the theme of the celestial path, yesterday, at the Château Frontenac.

More than 650 guests attended the Château Frontenac for a charity evening under the theme of the celestial path. Photo Agence QMI, Pascal Huot

The evening, co-hosted by Stéphane Bellavance and Marième, saw a large part of the business community from the Quebec region gather.

“Important to talk about it”

Sponsor of the event, the mayor of Quebec, Bruno Marchand, said he was very satisfied to see that business people in the city and surrounding areas have the cause of mental health among adolescents close to their hearts.

The host of the evening, Stéphane Bellavance, and the mayor Bruno Marchand. Photo Agence QMI, Pascal Huot

“It’s important to talk about it. It’s a subject that is still sometimes taboo. Tonight, we tell the world that it doesn’t matter when your life falters, when you put one knee to the ground or when you doubt. We want to raise awareness of the fact that there are people to help when the need arises,” he argues.

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Essential help

Alycia Domaty and Miguel Angel Ibarra Torres are two young student-athletes from Quebec who received help from the Fondation Jeunes en tête as part of the Diploma before the medal program.

The mayors of Lévis and Quebec, Gilles Lehouillier and Bruno Marchand. Photo Agence QMI, Pascal Huot

The two young people, aged 16 and 17 respectively, agree that the support they have been given is essential to their success.

” My tutor [offert grâce à la fondation, NDLR] really helps me with school. My grades have really gone up since I got this help. I want to be able to go into social work technology at CEGEP and that brings me closer to my goal,” explains the young girl who is finishing high school.

The president and CEO of the Quebec Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Steeve Lavoie. Photo Agence QMI, Pascal Huot

For his part, the young Ibarra Torres maintains that the help from the Youth in Mind Foundation should allow him to enter police technology, “if all goes well”.

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