Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of Canada (CCFC)

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of Canada (CCFC)

April 26, 2012 13:00 ET

The Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada (CCFC) Presents its 19th Annual All That Glitters Gala at Toronto's Allstream Centre

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 26, 2012) -

Attention Society Editors:

In solidarity with those who endure the pain and uncertainty of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) every day of their lives, the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada is proud to host its 19th annual All That Glitters Gala: The Show Must Go On. More than 1,000 guests will be wined, dined and entertained at this annual gala, which raises up to $1 million for IBD research.

The gala will feature:

  • Announcement of a recent IBD research breakthrough at the University of Calgary (funded by CCFC);
  • A focus on families working together to find and fund the cures for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis;
  • Information on the impact of IBD on families and people of all ages - including babies and seniors;
  • Variety show-style entertainment throughout the evening - "The Show Must Go On;" and
  • New Fund-A-Cure Auction Appeal.

Funds raised at the event will directly support the research of Dr. Mark Silverberg of Mount Sinai Hospital, as he works to discover what causes IBD to come back after surgery. He hopes to answer the question: "Why isn't a patient cured after having the diseased intestine removed?" This is an important question, because 90 per cent of people who have IBD surgery will have a recurrence of the disease within five years.

Schedule of events for All That Glitters Gala

  • 6:00 p.m.: Reception and Silent Auction begin
  • Variety acts throughout the evening by Art in Flux, Jersey Boys Medley, Mayhem Dance Troop, So You Think You Can Dance Dancers, & Lada Gaga impersonator
  • 7:20 p.m.: Welcome, Intros and Dinner
  • 8:50 p.m.: We are Family Video and Fund-A-Cure Auction
  • 9:30 p.m. Silent Auction Closes
  • 10:00 p.m. Closing
Location: Allstream Centre, Exhibition Place
Ticket price: $500 in advance. Includes an open bar, hors d'oeuvres, dinner, door prizes, and guest gift bag.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.allthatglittersgala.com or at the door.

Complimentary media passes are available. Please contact Jacqueline Waldorf (below) to make arrangements and to arrange interviews with Gala committee or CCFC representatives.

About inflammatory bowel disease (IBD):

  • Afflicting more than 200,000 Canadians (roughly one in 160), IBD three times more common than multiple sclerosis or HIV.
  • Canada has among the highest reported rates of IBD in the world.
  • Most people are diagnosed by the age of 30, and many will experience periods of remission and flare-ups, often requiring long-term medication, hospitalization or surgery.
  • The main difference between Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis is that Crohn's can affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract, from the mouth to the anus, causing patches of inflammation. Colitis affects only the inner layer of the colon, or large bowel, and always starts in the rectum causing continuous inflammation which may spread into the rest of the colon.
  • Crohn's disease cannot be cured by drugs or surgery, although both are proving to be helpful in relieving symptoms such as abdominal pain, cramping, fatigue and frequent urgent diarrhea.
  • Ulcerative colitis can be completely eliminated by surgically removing parts of the colon, but after surgery waste materials may have to be stored and expelled through an external appliance such as a colostomy bag.
  • There are many challenges for people living with IBD in the current environment, ranging from lack of awareness of IBD as a chronic disease, to social stigma, to lack of equity in access to expensive IBD medications.

About CCFC:

  • The Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada (CCFC) is a volunteer-based registered charity dedicated to finding the cure for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.
  • To achieve our mission, the Foundation is committed to raising funds for medical research.
  • Education is also a part of our mandate. The Foundation provides information on IBD to patients, their families, health professionals and the general public through education brochures, its national supporter publication The Journal, local education events and the CCFC web site at www.ccfc.ca.
  • To date, CCFC has invested more than $71 million in major medical research projects and is one of the world's leading sources of non-governmental funding of IBD research.
  • CCFC was started in 1974 by a group of concerned parents who saw the need to raise funds for research into IBD and to educate patients and their families about these diseases.

Help us find a cure.

Contact Information

  • For media inquiries, please contact:
    Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada
    Jacqueline Waldorf
    Manager, Marketing and Communications
    416-920-5035 x 241
    jwaldorf@ccfc.ca