May 21, 2009 15:07 ET

One Night Live Raises Over $2 Million for Sunnybrook

Attention: Arts/Entertainment Editor, Assignment Editor, Media Editor, News Editor, Photo Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO, MEDIA ADVISORY--(Marketwire - May 21, 2009) - Tonight, internationally renowned recording artists Sting, Sheryl Crow and The Canadian Tenors, along with host Chris Noth will take to the stage of the Air Canada Centre to raise funds to support a new facility for Sunnybrook's Women and Babies program.

Through the generous support of the community and donors, the concert has already raised more than $2 million with more expected as pledges from the show roll in tonight. Funds raised through One Night LiveTM will help build a state-of-the-art, 150,000 square foot facility for the Women & Babies Program currently under construction at Sunnybrook's Bayview Campus. To be complete in the summer of 2010, the new home will provide world-class space for complex pregnancies in the Aubrey & Marla Dan Program for High Risk Mothers & Babies and will feature a state-of-the-art Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

"Everyone attending One Night LiveTM tonight is helping us to help families at a most critical time - childbirth. We will be there for families with happy, uncomplicated pregnancies, but, to give the best start possible to those moms and babies who most need the high-risk care for which our program is known," said Dr. Jennifer Blake, Chief of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Sunnybrook. "When our new home is complete in 2010, it will be a significant improvement to the current facilities and provide our staff and patients with the best in environment in North America."

In addition to community support, the dedication of the corporate sponsors of One Night Live? made the night possible and is an indication of how these partnerships can help deliver much-needed care.

"We are honoured to be the presenting sponsor of this extraordinary concert, which brings together a stellar group of outstanding musicians and performing artists," said Donald A. Stewart, Chief Executive Officer, Sun Life Financial. "We believe there can be no better example of our commitment to healthier futures than helping provide specialized care and equipment for the mothers and babies who need them most."

"We are absolutely thrilled by the support that the people of Toronto, and beyond, have thrown behind this event," said Dr. Sherry Cooper, Chair of Sunnybrook Foundation. "The success of this event, the attention the hospital and the Women & Babies Program has received will bring us even closer to our $300 million Campaign for Sunnybrook goal. This has exceeded all of our expectations."

About Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre:
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre is inventing the future of health care through the dedication of its more than 10,000 staff and volunteers. An internationally recognized leader in research and education and fully affiliated with the University of Toronto, Sunnybrook is one of Canada's premier academic health sciences centres. Sunnybrook specializes in caring for Canada's war veterans, high-risk pregnancies, critically-ill newborns, treating and preventing cancer, cardiovascular disease, neurological disorders, orthopaedic and arthritic conditions and traumatic injuries.


Craig DuHamel
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Mobile: 416-543-1913
Office: 416-480-4040

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    Primary Phone: 416-543-1913
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