Côte Saint-Luc was proud to provide the venue for the fourth annual Just For Kids Foundation (JFK) Stroll for Kids event – where over 100 families gathered at our sprawling Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park to enjoy a day of fun and philanthropy, to raise much needed funds for the Montreal Children’s Hospital. These funds will help to purchase high-priority medical equipment and to support initiatives that improve the quality of care for the young and vulnerable patients of the Montreal Children’s Hospital.
I was beyond impressed with the setup as I toured the park with JFK Executive Director Lorie Blumer and chatted with event co-chairs Alana Geller and Jodie Zimmerman-Frenkiel. These two moms were each blessed with twins in the summer of 2014 who were born prematurely and spent considerable time in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. When their children came home, they wanted to express their gratitude in a unique and significant way and so JFK Stroll for Kids was borAmong those on hand was Rachelle Toussaint, a mother whose child has been in the NICU for over a year and has benefitted from the various initiatives that JFK has funded, including the one of its kind in Quebec, the JFK Sibling Park. Her story demonstrates the impact that JFK has had on families in our community.
More than $150,000 was raised, bringing the grand total to over $650,000 for this event alone. The JFK Stroll for Kids has garnered a loyal following of over 150 families, vendors and sponsors, who continue to participate year after year.
The morning featured live entertainment, games, music, activities, and plenty of food. Committee members did an outstanding job getting the likes of Moishes Restaurant, Rustique, Hank, TCBY, Les Delices Lafrenaie and others to donate, resulting in a heavenly buffet at no cost to the attendees.
All proceeds raised will be allocated towards Just for Kids Foundation’s Endless Possibilities campaign.
The JFK Foundation is a non-profit organization that raises funds to purchase high-priority medical equipment, and to support initiatives that improve the quality of care for patients of the Montreal Children’s Hospital.