Fundraising Gala ‘A Tropical Affair’


A fundraising gala – dubbed “A Tropical Affair” – will take place in Toronto on April 23 with proceeds benefiting leukemia research at the Hospital for Sick Children, the SickKids-Caribbean Initiative and Camp Trillium.

Courtney’s Quest was founded by Courtney Sadler, daughter of Gary Sadler, senior vice-president of sales, Unique Vacations Inc. It was created to increase awareness and raise funds for children’s cancers following her grueling, but ultimately successful, battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia.

Joining forces with The Sandals Foundation was a logical step for Courtney’s Quest since both have a shared mission of saving lives.

The Sandals Foundation has been a key partner of the SickKids-Caribbean Initiative since its inception in 2012. With a goal of building capacity to better diagnose and treat children with cancer and serious blood disorders across the Caribbean, the Sandals Foundation has been instrumental in funding two main initiatives – the creation of a telemedicine room in Saint Lucia so local medical experts can present patient cases to Canada’s esteemed Hospital for Sick Children, and most recently, funding the training of who will be the first and only paediatric oncologist in Barbados after completing a two-year fellowship in Toronto at the Hospital for Sick Children.

Tickets for “A Tropical Affair” are $125. The event includes cocktails and dinner, door prizes as well as a silent and live auction. Attendees will have a chance to win various prizes, including one of four luxury-included vacations to Sandals Resorts or Beaches Resorts (including airfare). The event takes place at Parkview Manor in Toronto and begins at 7 p.m.