Friday, September 02, 2011

Fundraiser Gala Oct 29th for lung transplant program at Toronto General Hospital

Featured entertainment is Alex Pangman, double-lung recipient & one of Canada's leading jazz singers

Ezio Presutto received a single-lung transplant in 2010 at Toronto General Hospital and he and his family are showing their thanks and appreciation by organizing a fundraising gala, RESPIRO, for Saturday, October 29, 2011 at the Famèe Furlane Club 7065 Islington Ave. Woodbridge, ON, L4L 1V9 (Phone: 905.851.1166). (Ticket info below)

It promises to be an exciting and entertaining evening with a deluxe dinner, a silent auction and prizes, with the highlight being entertainment by Alex Pangman and her band. There will also be a DJ. Alex was given a second chance at life November 4, 2008, with a double-lung transplant, due to cystic fibrosis, at Toronto General Hospital. A three time National Jazz Award nominee, Alex is a favorite of jazz fans and dancers alike and has become one of Canada's leading classic jazz and traditional-swing vocalists. She uses her fame and talent to be an advocate for organ and tissue donation and works closely with Trillium Gift of Life Network in Ontario. Read Alex's transplant story. Alex's coming shows. Video of new album launch.

    GALA EVENT - RESPIRO - Saturday, October 29, 2011
  • Tickets $100 each
  • Table of 10 $1,000
  • Advertising in program $100
  • Silver Sponsor (over $1,000)
  • Gold Sponsor (over $2,500)
  • Platinum Sponsor (over $5,000)
  • Honorary Sponsor (over $10,000)
  • Silent Auction Donation - Please call Marco at 905-856-8688
  • More info: Email Daniela Romolo at
Tickets and/or Charitable Donation Receipts will be mailed.
Please make payments payable to "Respiro - Lung Transplant Unit" and mail to:

Centrex Accounting Servics Inc., c/o Marco Presutto,
510 Rowntree Dairy Rd., Suite #2A,
Woodbridge, ON L4L 8H2 Tel 905-856-8688

One thing I've noticed since my lung transplant almost ten years ago is that organ recipients are so thankful for their 'Gift of Life' that they want to give back to the hospital in any way they can. I am pleased to promote this ambitious event that has already seen excellent ticket sales. Toronto General Hospital is one of the leading lung transplant centers in the world and their scientists have developed techniques, such as the Ex-Vivo Lung Perfusion System, that are having a global impact by saving lives wherever lung transplants are performed.

Daniela Romolo, Ezio's daughter, tells me that tickets are going very well with only a few tables still to be spoken for. The fundraiser is in support of Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation with proceeds to be allocated to the Lung Transplant Program. The organizers will also be promoting organ and tissue donation awareness.

Ezio Presutto and his children Marco, Daniela and Luciana along with a dedicated committee are sponsoring this fundraiser as a way of saying thanks to Toronto General Hospital's lung transplant program and the staff, about whom Ezio says, "I am extremely pleased with the doctors and nurses that took care of me. They were knowledgeable, dedicated, passionate and very sympathetic. Please consider attending our event October 29th or making a contribution. It will be greatly appreciated by the hospital, our committee and by me personally."

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