Drive 4 Smiles

Drive 4 Smiles
Starlight Children's Foundation Canada

Starlight Children's Foundation Canada

May 15, 2017 08:00 ET

Starlight's Drive 4 Smiles Celebrates Five Years of Helping Sick Children

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - May 15, 2017) -

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Drive 4 Smiles (D4S), a Starlight Children's Foundation event, will mark its fifth anniversary with its biggest fundraising celebration yet. Since its launch in 2013, D4S has been raising money and fulfilling the wishes of children afflicted with serious illnesses by giving them the opportunity to ride around a racetrack in some of the world's finest exotic automobiles.

This year's 2017 edition will present two separate action-packed events. On June 4, drivers and their guests will gather at Audi West Island to embark on the D4S Poker Run, in which participants follow their "Road Captains" through some of Montreal's best back roads. At each stop, drivers will engage in activities, collect playing cards and, hopefully, hold the winning poker hand at the end of the run.

On August 19, more than 120 of the most magnificent automobiles in the Montreal area are expected to participate in the Drive 4 Smiles Main Event, a roaring gathering of Lamborghinis, Aston Martins, Bentleys, Ferraris, Maseratis, Rolls Royces, Porsches, BMWs and other mighty machines at the Mirabel ICAR racetrack for a day of festivities, music, food and games. Car owners will host a special group of Starlight children, who will become co-pilots for a few precious moments to feel the excitement of racing around the track in a safe and controlled environment. Following the tours with children, ICAR's circuit will be made exclusively available to participating car owners to enjoy laps as fast as their skills will take them.

Later that evening, Drive 4 Smiles will host an evening Rooftop Wrap Party at Porsche Prestige, where fabulous auction items will be up for grabs for the bidding pleasure of generous donors.

"It is our fifth year producing this unique Starlight Children's Foundation event and we are deeply moved to see that it is only getting bigger for the benefit of the cause," stated Stewart Kahan, Chairman D4S Canada. "Luxury car owners share many tastes and are frequent contributors to charities. What makes Drive 4 Smiles so different is the opportunity to spend time with children who are the actual beneficiaries of the fundraising efforts, and to see the joy and wonder in their faces as they escape for a moment from the difficult medical treatments that consume their daily lives. It is a very rewarding experience on an emotional level."

Since its launch five years ago in Montreal, Drive 4 Smiles and its donors have raised $1.2 million for Starlight Children's Foundation. The 2017 event is still open to new exotic car owners wishing to make an impact and share good times with fellow automobile aficionados. The drivers' registration fee is $1,800, which participants may donate personally or fundraise among friends. Partial tax receipts will be issued to self-sponsored drivers.
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About Starlight Children's Foundation Canada:

Starlight Children's Foundation™ Canada is part of Starlight's global network, serving seriously ill children and their families through partnerships with more than 160 healthcare facilities. Over the past 25 years, Starlight has become a leading global charity that partners with experts to improve the life and health of kids and families around the world. Collaborating with innovators in pediatric healthcare, entertainment and technology, Starlight provides a unique blend of family-centered programs and services from hospital to home.


Twitter: @StarlightCanada @Drive4Smiles



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TD Bank Group invests in communities in order to bring positive change in the places where it operates and where its customers and employees live and work. In 2016, TD donated more than $102.8 million to community organizations in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. In Canada, TD focuses on education and financial literacy, creating opportunities for young people and the environment.

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