On November 7, 2019 the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) Foundation hosted its second Red Ribbon Night at the Rialto Theatre. Hundreds of guests braved the first snowfall of the season to enjoy Martin Levac with his trio of musicians performing songs from the show A Visible Touch of Jazz Genesis.
Martin Levac is a singer, drummer, keyboardist, lyricist and composer, best known for his onstage impersonation of British singer/drummer Phil Collins. He has performed his show Dance Into the Light for over 300,000 people throughout North America and Europe. Opening for Martin was the international contemporary singer, Barbara Lewis. Known for her ‘commanding presence’ and ‘tremendous range’ Lewis performed songs from her new show, Blood Orchid: How Women Feel, which she has delivered across Canada, the US and Central America. The pre-performance show from the Griffin Brothers also helped set the tone for a truly inspiring evening.
All of the funds raised from this exclusive one-night only event benefit the Chronic Viral Illness Service (CVIS) of the MUHC. The CVIS provides multidisciplinary care to approximately 2,500 people living with HIV. This indispensable clinic supports some of Quebec’s most vulnerable patients facing serious health and psychosocial issues. Many of these patients are without meaningful support networks, live at or below the poverty line, and regularly have to choose between food, shelter and their urgent need for health care.
Social worker Claire Duscheneau is extremely grateful for the generosity of all those who came out in support of the CVIS.
“In the 30 years I’ve worked in HIV I’ve dealt with a lot of poverty,” she said. “But in recent years I’ve had patients say to me I’m hungry.”
Proceeds from this event will allow members of the MUHC’s Social Service team to assist patients in covering some of their basic needs – and ultimately ensure they can continue receiving the health care they require.