Fundraising Events

Annual Gala

The Gerry & Nancy Pencer Brain Trust carries out a range of exciting fundraising events to support ongoing research and patient care at The Gerry & Nancy Pencer Brain Tumor Centre. Each year, our annual gala is the highlight. With more than 1000 sponsors and guests…a fabulous new theme each season…and a net of over $500,000…The Brain Trust’s annual spring gala fundraiser has blossomed into one of the hottest tickets on the Toronto party circuit! Proceeds from the gala support brain tumor research, and fund programs and services for brain tumor patients and their families at The Gerry & Nancy Pencer Brain Tumor Centre at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.

2016 UN-Gala

After 15 years of successful Galas to raise funds for The Pencer Brain Tumor Centre at Princess Margaret we decided to keep costs to an absolute minimum by asking our valued supporters to make a gift without attending an event. No invitations, no party, no food, no entertainment… ensuring that every dollar received goes directly to helping patients and their families facing the devastating diagnosis of a brain tumor.

The response to our “Un-Gala” has been nothing short of remarkable! It is so deeply gratifying to see that our friends recognize the critical work of The Pencer Centre and the tremendous difference it makes for patients with brain tumors.  We have raised over $625,000 net in support of The Pencer Brain Tumor Centre at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre!

2015 Raise a Little Health

Raise a Little Health 2015

On June 3rd, 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

Night at The Castle 2014

Our Night at the Castle event was outrageous! Our most eclectic fundraising event EVER, over 500 guests reveled in an evening of cocktails, cabaret and casino while experiencing moments of mystery and laugh-out-loud antics. The evening culminated with over $550,000 net in support of The Pencer Brain Tumor Centre at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.

2013 Raising the Bar

Raising the Bar 2013

On May 29, 2013 we held our Raising the Bar gala fundraiser, a scaled down, much more intimate party, in hopes 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. 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 Centre with our cheque for $1Million, which they generously matched, dollar for dollar, making a landmark contribution of $2Million for Pencer Centre funds.

2012 Rock Gala

Rock 2012

ROCK was 'Off the Charts' and, as promised, took our Patrons to the edge and back! The evening began on May 30, 2012 with an exclusive Supper Under the Stars (for key sponsors of $14,000 and above), featuring an unplugged performance by Grammy-award winning singer-songwriter Marc Cohn of 'Walking in Memphis' fame. The party continued with amazing Food and Drink, Rock Boxes and Raffle in 'The Viper Room', as our crowd of 700 Rocked out to Grammy-Nominated Queen of Rock and Roll herself, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts!

To up the Rock Factor, guests were also treated to smashing performances by 'Rock of Ages' and 'We Will Rock You' cast-members. The evening culminated in over $800,000 in proceeds to benefit patient care, support services and cutting edge research at The Gerry & Nancy Pencer Brain Tumor Centre at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.

2011 Disco Gala

Disco 2011

Our May 25, 2011 DISCO gala was exactly as promised, sheer outrageous fun! Fabulous food and drink were flowing as a 70’s-clad crowd of 650 patrons danced up a storm to the legendary Village People. Even the torrential downpour couldn’t dampen the mood at DISCO. The evening raised over $500,000 in net proceeds to benefit patient care, support services and cutting edge research at The Gerry & Nancy Pencer Brain Tumor Centre at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.

2010 Ten Gala

TEN 2010

On Wednesday May 26, 2010 The Pencer Brain Trust proudly presented ‘TEN’ at The Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex in Toronto. This historic Tenth Anniversary Fête celebrated 10 Years of annual gala fundraisers in support of The Gerry & Nancy Pencer Brain Tumor Centre at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. Thanks to our donors and supporters, in our decade-long run, the annual Brain Trust gala has become a staple on the Toronto party circuit and we are thrilled to celebrate net earnings in excess of $5.1 million for our great cause.

2009 Simply Chic Gala

Simply Chic 2009

Simply Chic was presented by The Gerry & Nancy Pencer Brain Trust on Wednesday, May 20th, 2009 at The Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex, Exhibition Place in Toronto. A hip and fresh approach to Gala 2009, guests danced, dined, drank and delighted while experiencing a striking yet understated soirée which was undoubtedly- The Place to Be! Simple, Stylish and Stunning, Simply Chic brought together more than 800 patrons who partied the night away while raising upwards of $510,000 in net proceeds for The Pencer Brain Tumor Centre.

This success would not have been possible without the ongoing generosity of our sponsors and donors. Our heartfelt thanks goes out to all those who helped make Simply Chic such a smashing success!

2008 Noir Gala

Noir 2008

Sexy Sleek and Sumptuous…Noir was certainly this and more! On Wednesday, May 21, 2008 an energetic crowd of 800 plus unleashed their inner rock star and danced all night to a steady beat of sizzling dance music. The black velvet and lace décor was a feast for the eyes as guests entered an ultra-sleek oasis with a loungy vibe and night club energy at The Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex. The evening was an unforgettable experience and raised approximately $600,000 in net proceeds to benefit state-of-the-art treatment, research and support at The Pencer Centre.

This major accomplishment would not have been possible without the ongoing generosity of our sponsors and donors. Our heartfelt thanks goes out to all those who helped make Noir such a success!

2007 Viva Las Vegas Gala

Viva Las Vegas 2007

The thrill, the lights, the glitz, the glamour, the excitement! It was a ‘High Stakes Happening’ at Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex on May 31, 2007 as 1,000 patrons came together to party and raise much-needed dollars for The Pencer Brain Tumor Centre. Our high roller haven featured a Vegas lounge where guests tried their luck at the tables for a chance to win cash and watched the spectacular floorshow by Cirque-style entertainers Hangtime Presents and musical performances from The Anita Rossi Band featuring ‘The King of Rock ‘n Roll’ and other Vegas impersonators.

We are thrilled to report that our net proceeds for the evening exceeded our goal of $650,000 and will once again support brain tumor research and patient care at The Pencer Centre.

2006 Wild Wild West Gala

Wild Wild West 2006

What a night!! On June 1st, 2006, over 900 patrons came out to Liberty Grand for a heel kickin', knee slappin' good time at Wild Wild West!! Undeniably, Toronto's Wildest Western Extravaganza, Wild Wild West featured a Coyote Ugly Style Saloon with 'hotter than hot' dancers on the bars; line dancing; gourmet BBQ fare, ice cold beer and mess hall; all new general store with a Western twist; 'Texas Hold Em' poker; virtual shooting gallery; live music by The Anita Rossi Band, Beverley Mahood & Lace and The Shania Show and much more- all in support of The Pencer Brain Tumor Centre at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. All told, we raised over $500,000 in net proceeds and a great time was had by all!

2005 Sparkle Gala

Sparkle 2005

Sparkle was an undeniable success! On June 2nd, 2005, over 900 guests were transported to a shimmering world of fun and fantasy at Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex in Toronto. The stunning Governors’ Room was transformed into a sparkling crystal palace where guests dined on gourmet fare, danced to the sounds of The Travolta’s and DJ Aristotle and browsed the all-new outdoor market of silent auction items. Net proceeds of $525,000, once again benefiting the patients and families at The Gerry & Nancy Pencer Brain Tumor Centre at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre!

2004 South Beach Gala

South Beach 2004

On Thursday, May 27, 2004, The Gerry & Nancy Pencer Brain Trust presented ‘South Beach’ at The Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex, Exhibition Place in Toronto. The annual gala hosted a wall-to-wall crowd totaling 1,000 where guests reveled in a sexy and sophisticated night reminiscent of the famous destination in Miami Beach. Evening highlights included: An Art Deco-style bar & lounge, Latin music and dancing, Tapas-style food, a spectacular silent auction and many surprises along the way. The evening net over half a million dollars for research and patient care at The Pencer Centre.

2003 Bell Bottom Bash Gala

Bell Bottom Bash 2003

On May 29th, 2003, The Brain Trust hosted a ‘Let Your Hair Down’, funky 70’s party, featuring go-go dancers, live disco music, retro cuisine, exciting silent and live auctions, and other fun surprises. Over 850 guests, clad in their favorite 1970’s gear, helped us net $750,000 (which included an anonymous one time cash donation of $350,000) for treatment and support services at The Gerry & Nancy Pencer Brain Tumor Centre at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre!

Head For A Cure

To date the Head For A Cure Team, led by the Patient and Family Advisory Committee have raised more than $1.2 million for The Gerry & Nancy Pencer Brain Tumor Centre over the past 13 years. They are putting on their running shoes again this year in the hopes of adding to this already impressive total!

Pencer Centre staff and patients, along with their families and friends will walk proudly with many others who are part of the cancer journey.  Head for a Cure is part of the inaugural Journey to Conquer Cancer Run or Walk, offering family friendly routes of 5km, 3km and 1km.

To join us, please sign up today at www.headforacure.ca

Or, please consider making a pledge of support to someone already registered and help them reach their fundraising goal. All proceeds from Head for a Cure will benefit patient care and cutting edge research at The Pencer Centre.