The Ritz-Carlton Hotel served as the perfect backdrop for the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) Foundation’s 2nd annual Le Bal Rouge. Held on January 19, this glitzy and glamorous evening took place in one of the most elegant settings in Montreal, and celebrated the achievements of Dr. Gerald Fried, Surgeon-in-Chief at the MUHC.

Dr. Fried has devoted his career to saving the lives of others and he is a pioneer in minimally invasive surgery and surgical innovation. A skilled surgeon and mentor, his impact has transcended North America and the globe. Dr. Fried has trained many leading Canadian surgeons and some from as far as Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Italy, and Mexico, among others.

Under the leadership of Le Bal Rouge Co-Chairs Alain Bellemare, President and CEO of Bombardier and Marc Tellier, Partner at McKinsey & Company, more than $500,000 was raised during the evening, which will be directed towards the MUHC Foundation’s Dr. Gerald M. Fried Chair in Surgical Innovation. “Dr. Fried embodies the true essence of leadership,” states Alain Bellemare. “He has dedicated his life to pushing the boundaries of medicine through innovation while always making sure that his patients have the best possible outcome,” he says. Fellow Co-Chair Marc Tellier couldn’t agree more. “In each of our respective careers, Alain and I have had to make difficult decisions while being under tremendous pressure. As a surgeon, that is Dr. Fried’s reality on a daily basis, and his contributions to the MUHC and his willingness to challenge conventional approaches to surgery have certainly inspired us,” he explains.

For Julie Quenneville, President of the MUHC Foundation, the Dr. Gerald M. Fried Chair in Surgical Innovation is long overdue and represents the next step in continuing the tradition of excellence in surgical innovation at the hospital. “This academic chair will help the MUHC enhance its reputation as an international leader in surgical care,” she explains. “It will also increase the hospital’s capacity to recruit and retain top-tier talent so that patients in Montreal and across Quebec receive the best care for life,” she says.

CJAD’s Leslie Roberts and TVA/LCN’s Brigitte Bédard served as the evening’s MCs, and guests were entertained throughout the night by music from the talented live band 1945 as well as a dazzling performance from the flamenco dance troop from Empire Eventz and MTL Entertainment accompanied by an acoustic guitarist. During the cocktail hour, an electronic harpist serenaded attendees encased in a picturesque life-sized winter snow globe. The silent auction featured many exclusive items including a night out at the Bell Centre to experience a Montreal Canadiens’ game from a luxury suite and a week-long vacation rental in Acapulco, Mexico. The evening’s signature raffle prize was two business class airfares to any destination in Europe, courtesy of Air Canada.

 Le Bal Rouge would not have been possible without contributions from our corporate sponsors and generous donors. Bombardier, a long-time MUHC Foundation supporter, and patron sponsor of the night alongside McKinsey & Company, was also recognized for its landmark $4 million donation to help fund the construction of the MUHC hospital at the Glen site.

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