The Gerry & Nancy Pencer Brain Trust is a not-for-profit organization founded by Gerry Pencer to make a difference in the quality of life of people who live with brain tumors. This registered charity is the primary source of funding for ongoing brain tumor research and patient care at The Gerry & Nancy Pencer Brain Tumor Centre at Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto, Canada. Donations to The Pencer Brain Trust are fully tax deductible in Canada.
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2015 Raise a Little Health
On June 3, 2015 our "Raise a Little Health" gala proved to be everything we had hoped for with more than 300 guests and a party that Gerry would have loved! The evening featured Trooper, one of Canada's most popular and iconic rock bands,who performed one of their greatest hits, "We're here for a good time", which epitomized Gerry's life, and became the theme song in his fight against brain cancer. Over $550,000 net was raised in support of The Pencer Brain Tumor Centre at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.
2014 A Night at the Castle
Our May 28, 2014 gala to benefit The Pencer Centre will take place at the historic Casa Loma! Our Night at the Castle fundraiser is shaping up to be a spectacular “out of the box” Brain Trust event featuring cocktails, cabaret and casino. Be prepared for moments of mystery, surprising antics and laugh out loud, because at the Castle, anything can happen!
2013 Raising the Bar
On May 29, 2013 we held our Raising the Bar gala fundraiser. We went with a completely different approach by scaling down the event, holding it at David & Stacey's home, making it much more intimate; hoping to produce significantly more net dollars.
This being the event's 13th year, our goal was to bring together our friends and supporters to celebrate Gerry's life and "Raise the Bar" in his honour. Highlights from the evening included a packed dance floor courtesy of The Temptations Revue, to their classic hits like My Girl, Ain?t Too Proud to Beg, Just My Imagination, and Papa Was a Rollin? Stone. As an additional surprise, X-Factor singing sensation, 13-year-old Carly Rose Sonenclar, took the stage and wowed guests with her soulfully beautiful voice.
We were thrilled that proceeds from Raising the Bar exceeded our goal and helped us raise the most significant funds to date. Shortly before 2013 came to a close, we presented Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation with our cheque for $1Million, which they generously matched, dollar for dollar, making a landmark contribution of $2Million for Pencer Centre funds.
Donations from private, corporate or government sources are gratefully accepted. Your generous support helps to ensure the continuation of our quest for better treatments and services, and ultimately, a cure for brain cancer. The recent breakthrough in the treatment of brain tumors was made possible because of your generosity. Your dollars really do make a tremendous difference in bringing us closer to our goal of finding a cure.
In Memoriam Donation
Donations made in memory of someone who has passed away from a brain tumor. A tribute card with your personalized message will be sent to the family or your designated recipient on your behalf and you will receive a tax receipt for your donation.
Make a donation to honour someone who is celebrating a special occasion (such as a wedding anniversary, birthday, or bar/bat mitzvah). You will receive a tax receipt for your generous gift, and we will send a card with your special message to the person being honoured.
The Ride of My Life
This memoir was written by Gerry Pencer and published after his death in 1999. Tax receipts will only be issued for amounts exceeding the purchase price of the book.
Thank you. Your donation will make a difference in the lives of people who live with brain tumors and their families. If you have any problems making your donation online or if you have any questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 416-665-1515.