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.