February 15, 2017 – An impressive sum of $106,000 was raised to benefit patients of the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre during the CHU Dumont Foundation’s Annual Valentine’s Day Gala, held February 11th.

Funds raised by the elegant evening will be distributed to four sectors of the Hospital Centre. Thanks to the great success of the Gala, the following pieces of equipment will now be purchased:
  • A portable ultrasound machine for the Pulmonology Department;
  • An electrocautery unit for minor surgeries for the Emergency Department;
  • A rapid device for serological diagnosis for Medical Microbiology and Infection Disease;
  • An electroencephalography (or EEG) monitoring system for the Neurology Department.
“With its team of experts, the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre is well known for excellence in patient care,” states Mrs. Johanne Roy, Vice-President of Clinical Services for the Vitalité Health Network. “To maintain and raise our hospital’s reputation, our experts and professionals need to have the best tools out there. It is thanks to the combined contribution and effort of medical professionals, the business community and the general public that we have been able to reach our goal this evening to see to the accomplishment of four important projects for our hospital. On behalf of the medical team and especially on behalf of our patients, I sincerely thank each and every one of you who contributed to the success of this Gala.”

For the Chairman of the CHU Dumont Foundation, Mr. René Collette, the continued support of activities such as this one clearly shows the importance that the population attaches to the work done by the Foundation and is a sign of trust.

“The Foundation’s mission is to support the development and the improvement of health care services offered at the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre. To do this, we need committed partners and a community that is fully engaged. Through the years, people have been steadfast in their support, as have our valued partners. This has allowed the completion of several major undertakings that make a direct and concrete difference in the lives of thousands of people in our community. Tonight has been another great example of what we can accomplish when we work together.”

More than 500 guests took part in this enchanting evening rich in gastronomy and music held at the Delta Beauséjour. The reception in the mezzanine was followed by a sumptuous gourmet dinner prepared by Stefan Müller, Executive Chef at the Delta Beauséjour. A silent auction comprised of various luxurious prizes, including paintings by the duo Gin & Julz took place during the evening. To wrap things up, guests were invited to the after-party featuring Nine Mile River.

The event was presented by National Bank, proud sponsor of the Valentine’s Day Gala since 1995.

The Valentine’s Day Gala is one of the CHU Dumont Foundation’s main fundraisers. Each year, the evening’s proceeds are invested in the improvement of health care services offered at the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre.

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From left to right:

The evening's Emcees Camille Bourdeau and Jonna Brewer; Mr. Dennis Abud, President of the Valentine’s Day Gala organizing committee; Mrs. Nathalie Gasse Farrah, Development Manager, CHU Dumont; Mrs. Nadine Duguay-Lemay, Regional Marketing Manager – CWA, National Bank; Mr. René Collette, Chairman of the CHU Dumont Foundation’s Board of Directors; Mr. Jacques B. LeBlanc, President & CEO of the CHU Dumont Foundation.


Isabelle Stewart
Communications Officer
CHU Dumont Foundation
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