On March 24, Raymond James participated in the second annual Westpark Foundation – Tournament of Stars. The event gave people the opportunity to team up with a former NBA stars and other hoop-loving celebrities for a day full of hard-court action. In just its second year, the event raised nearly $600,000! That’s 50% higher than budget, and 300% more than last year and the single-largest fundraiser in the hospital’s 114-year history! An incredible achievement to say the least.
Funds from the event go towards the hospital’s share of rebuilding the hospital and its campus into a new state-of-the-art medical facility. West Park is a healthcare center with deep expertise in rehabilitative medicine, and is an essential and dynamic partner in the healthcare system. They provide specialized rehabilitation for patients recovering from life-altering accidents and health challenges such as lung disease, amputation from diabetes and other causes, and spasticity, a debilitating symptom of stroke, cerebral palsy and multiple sclerosis.
Paul Allison and Daniel Simunac presented a cheque to the hospital for $100,000. “The cause is important to me as I have been on the board of the hospital for the last 7 years and am Organizing Chair of this event” says Daniel. “We had NBA celebrities there like Jerome “Junk Yard Dog” Williams, Morris Peterson, Charles Oakley, Kevin Willis, Horace Grant, Ron Harper, among a dozen other Raptor Alumnus, NBA All-Stars or Champions.”
To learn more about Tournament of Stars, visit their website.
Daniel Simunac, Managing Director & Principal Officer, Raymond James Bank for Canada and Paul Allison, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Raymond James Ltd with Anne-Marie Malek, CEO, West Park Healthcare Centre and Joanne Cole, CEO of West Park Healthcare Foundation.
Daniel Simunac, Managing Director & Principal Officer, Raymond James Bank for Canada addressing the crowd at the Celebrity Draft Party at Maison Nightclub on Friday, March 23, 2018.
Back Row: Roger Mason Jr. (Raptors alum), Chamique Holdsclaw (WNBA player), Rashard Lewis (NBA alum), Zan Tabak (Raptors alum), Charlie Villaneuva (Raptors alum). Middle Row: Paul Allison (Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Raymond James Ltd), Cormac Mac Lochlainn (Senior Vice President at Raymond James Bank), Damon Allen (CFL hall of famer), Brad Smith (tv personality), Pooch Hall (actor, Ray Donovan), Dan Simunac Managing Director & Principal Officer). Front Row: Neven Simunac and Daniel Simunac (sons of Dan Simunac) and Chad Owens (CFL all-star)
Back Row: John Levac, Dan Simunac (Managing Director & Principal Officer), Vanessa Li (Analyst, Real Estate & Corporate Banking at Raymond James), Charlie Villanueva (Raptors alum), Brian Chick (Vice President at Raymond James Bank, N.A.) and his son Mikey, Jeff Sondic, Geoff Bond, Cormac Mac Lochlainn (Senior Vice President at Raymond James Bank). Front Row: Dave MacLellan (Capital Market Sales & Trade, Institutional Sales), Todd Orzechowski Jr. and Delko Blazanin Jr.
Mayor of Toronto, John Tory taking a photo with the Larry O’Brien NBA Trophy at the event