15 May 2014

Last night’s Special Olympics Festival at the Palais des congrès de Montréal raised the net sum of $425,077.

Held under the honorary presidency of Mrs. Diane Giard, National Bank Executive Vice-President  - Personal and Commercial Banking, this prestigious event brought together nearly 600 members of the Montreal business community, several sports celebrities such as Alexandre Bilodeau, Stéphanie Dubois, Stéphanie St-Pierre, Guy Lafleur, Gabriel Gervais and Olivier Jean as well as many of our special athletes.

This 2014 celebration of social inclusion was a success thanks to the generous support of the business community and of numerous partners and to the excellent work of all our volunteers. The funds raised will allow us to continue to offer our sport training and competition programs which foster the development, quality of life, inclusion and participation into society of children, teenagers and adults with an intellectual disability.  And they will also enable Team Québec to represent our province at the next Special Olympics National Games which will take place from July 7 to 13, 2014.

This year, the Board of Directors of Special Olympics Québec has decided to create the Special Olympics Québec Partners’ Hall of Fame in order to recognize and remember all those who, through their exceptional professional achievements and their ongoing commitment to the community, have become models for our special athletes. 

Last night, Mr. Eugène Lapierre was inducted in the SOQ Hall of Fame in the “sport manager” category. Director of the Rogers Cup presented by National Bank and vice-president of Québec professional tennis at Tennis Canada, Mr. Lapierre has been involved in tennis ever since he was a child growing up in Granby. He is known for his genuine humility and discretion. Generous, helpful and always available without expecting anything in return, Mr. Lapierre is now president of the Lajeunesse Community Center which is home to a dozen or so community organizations in Villeray. Special Olympics is indebted to him for an important lot featured at our live auction for the past several years and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors.

Mr. Anthony Calvillo also became an honored member of the Hall of Fame in the “sport celebrity” category.

Anthony is professional football’s all-time passing yards leader with close to 80,000 yards over a 20 year career in the CFL, 16 of them with the Montreal Alouettes.

After a fabulous career in which he broke all existing records, Anthony Calvillo announced his retirement on January 21, 2014.The Alouettes will retire his famous number 13 at a very special ceremony on October 13 at the Molson Stadium. He now dreams of coaching the Alouettes and we wish him good luck in his new career. Anthony Calvillo has been inducted in the Quebec Special Olympics Hall of Fame in recognition of his amazing football career with the Montreal Alouettes and of his service and dedication to the community, namely in helping underprivileged children and youth.

The outstanding and inspiring performance by Johanne Blouin and Les Muses’ choir, the Clectiques, with Gabrielle Marion-Rivard, was followed by a live auction featuring 18 amazing lots which included a jet ski, 2 packages providing unlimited access to all of Expérience C2MTL and tickets to major shows and sports and cultural events.

The Special Olympics Festival owes its success to the generosity of numerous partners such as Bell, the Club de hockey Canadien, evenko, FGL Sports, Hydro-Québec, the SAQ and National Bank.


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