Rally for Kids with Cancer Charity Event [w/video]
With the support of fellow celebrities, entrepreneurs and philanthropists, honorary co-chairs Gene Simmons and new wife Shannon Tweed helped raise more than $3 million for Toronto’s SickKids Foundation at the fourth annual Rally for Kids with Cancer charity event.
This inspiring charity weekend that was launched in 2008 by Joel Hock of Solutions with Impact has since spread to Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami and Las Vegas. Top fundraisers included local entrepreneurs Oliver Bock of Solutions 2 Go Inc., who rallied almost $550,000; and event sponsor Warren Irwin of Rosseau Asset Management Ltd., who raised over $400,000. “Anything to do with children is extremely important and it should be important to everyone in the world,” says Bock. “Little by little, various cancers are getting more survivable for the kids, so it’s a great cause,” adds Irwin.
Rally for Kids with Cancer continues to drive home the importance of giving back. “Let’s not lose sight of the fact that although this is all glitz and glamour, it really is about kids who are suffering badly, immensely, with cancer, and we should all do our parts,” says Simmons.
Photos: 1. Robert Herjavec of Dragons’ Den and actress Sofia Milos. 2. Isaiah Mustafa (The Old Spice Guy) and Joey Mazzuco, SickKids ambassador. 3. Actors Anne Heche and James Tupper. 4. CFL alumnus Damon Allen, Rookie Blue actor Lyriq Bent and Farley Flex. 5. Warren Irwin and model Rachelle Wilde. 6. Singer-songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk and Our Lady Peace frontman Raine Maida. 7. Toronto Argonauts vice-chair Michael (Pinball) Clemons with wife, Diane Williams. 8. Constance Shaw of Cushman & Wakefield Ltd.; Shannon Tweed and Nicole Davis. 9. Gene Simmons, Warren Irwin, founder of Rosseau Asset Management Ltd.; Shannon Tweed. 10. Ferris Rafauli, president and founder of Grandeur Luxury Homes; musician Kardinal Offishall. 11. Kim Williams, actor Eric Roberts and Jim Williams, CEO and president of Williams Telecommunications. 12. CSI: Miami’s Jonathan Togo. 13. Joel Hock, founder of Rally for Kids with Cancer Foundation and president of Solutions with Impact with wife, Lisa Hock. 14. Rally for Kids with Cancer celebrities and drivers.