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TEGH raises $2.5 million at comedy fundraiser to reach $60 million target

Celebrity Softball tournament next event Oct. 17-18

With $2.5 million raised at its Sept. 27 “Laughter Is The Best Medicine” comedy gala featuring Chris Rock, the Toronto East General Hospital Foundation has reached its target of raising $60 million from the private sector to help fund its $360 million redevelopment project, the organization says.

“The $2.5-million raised at this gala was significant; it helped us close out the ambitious $60-million private sector campaign we started five years ago,” said Michael Burns, gala co-chair and chair of the hospital’s foundation board, in a statement posted on the organization’s website: .

But the foundation isn’t resting on its laurels after hitting that mark.  It has another entertaining fundraising event coming up over two days Friday Oct. 17 and  Sat. Oct. 18 as it sponsors a Celebrity Softball Tournament featuring former Toronto Blue Jays member Jesse Barfield, pro baseball alumni such as Mookie Wilson and Jose Canseco along with various other sports celebrities.

The event, which features a “Celebrity Draft” on the Friday and games on Sat., offers participants the chance to play with and against the celebrities in exchange for donations to the hospital’s campaign. For more info see: .

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