Gibson’s Finest

Gibson’s Finest

December 15, 2009 10:30 ET

Gibson's Finest Most Outstanding CFL Player Anthony Calvillo to Donate $10,000 to The Cedars Cancer Institute at the McGill University Health Centre

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Dec. 15, 2009) -

Editors Note: A photo for this release will be available on the CP picture wire
via Marketwire.

Montreal Alouettes' Quarterback Anthony Calvillo, winner of the Gibson's Finest Most Outstanding Player Award, will donate the $10,000 award provided by Gibson's Finest Canadian Whisky to The Cedars Cancer Institute at the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC). Calvillo chose Cedars in honour of his wife, Alexia, who was recently treated at the MUHC for B-cell lymphoma and is now in remission.

The money will help renovate the Family Room on the oncology floor of the Montreal General Hospital. The renovation project will include new furniture, a computer and television among other improvements.

"My wife battled cancer at the Royal Victoria Hospital and we used the family room a lot when people would visit us. It was the only place you could go and not think about the treatments," says Calvillo. "When my wife was in remission and healthy we decided to do something special. The family room needed to be updated so we decided to take this on as a project. Now we want to make sure patients and their families at the Montreal General Hospital have a comfortable and welcoming space too."

Alexia went into remission last February, and Calvillo says he was "blown away" by the charity donation amount given to him by Gibson's Finest.

"There are so many charities out there and to be able to be part of one that touched our family's hearts is really overwhelming. We hope that other families join us so that together we can complete this project for the benefit of cancer patients and their loved ones," says Calvillo.

The cheque presentation will take place on Tuesday, December 15 at 10:00 a.m. in the Family Room on the 17th Floor of the Montreal General Hospital. In attendance along with Alexia and Anthony will be Dr. Arthur Porter, Director General and CEO of the McGill University Health Centre, Stephen Hajaly, Chairman of the Board of Directors for The Cedars Cancer Institute and Carolyn McFarlane, Senior Brand Manager for Gibson's Finest Canadian Whisky.

About Gibson's Finest Canadian Whisky

Gibson's Finest is proud to be an official sponsor of the CFL® for the fourth year in a row and sponsor of the Gibson's Finest Player Awards, the Gibson's Finest Player of the Month and the Gibson's Finest Player of the Week Awards. One of the biggest highlights of Grey Cup week is the Gibson's Finest CFL Most Outstanding Player Awards.

Gibson's Finest Canadian Whisky is among the leading brands in the growing premium and deluxe Canadian whisky categories. The brand range consists of "Gibson's Sterling", a blend of award winning premium whiskies; "Gibson's Finest 12 Year Old", a benchmark deluxe Canadian Whisky and Canada's best selling 12-year-old whisky and "Gibson's Finest Rare 18 Year Old", gold medal winner and aged to perfection.

® Registered trade-mark of the Canadian Football League.

Contact Information