It is with enthusiasm, optimism, and humility that I write my first message to you as the new President of ICRF Toronto. I want to begin by thanking immediate Past President Bryna Goldberg for her four years of outstanding service and contributions as President of ICRF Toronto. Bryna took ICRF Toronto to new levels of professionalism, oversaw the creation of new fundraising events, greatly improved ICRF’s Major Gifts initiatives and brought systems into place that have made ICRF more efficient and professional. ICRF Toronto is thrilled that Bryna has chosen to remain as an active ICRF Executive Board member and we are already benefiting from her continued involvement.
Our strategic goals for this year are quite simple – increase the amount of money that ICRF Toronto grants to Israeli scientists and researchers. Everything that we undertake is with this objective in mind as the ICRF Executive, ICRF Board, ICRF Professional staff, and ICRF Scientific and Medical Advisory Board all strongly believe that new breakthroughs in the fight against cancer will continue to come from the remarkable scientific community in Israel. A key area of focus to enable us to meet our fundraising targets will continue to be Major Gifts from individuals, foundations, and corporations. ICRF Toronto is very fortunate to have Dov Zevy of the ICRF Executive Board leading us in this effort. Dov has been able to introduce ICRF to many new donors this past year, and we look forward to working together with him to bring many new significant donors to the ICRF Family.
With the 2014/2015 grants, ICRF’s funding has now reached 2,115 grants totaling $52,361,664. For the 2014/2015 funding year, ICRF is supporting 94 grants at a total of $3,453,332. (Note these figures represent the combined efforts for all six North American ICRF Chapters). The grants support both basic scientific research as well as research that covers virtually all forms of cancer. The ICRF Scientific Review Panel, comprised of over 30 North American cancer experts meets annually in New York to review the submissions for funding by scientists and researchers at almost every Israeli Institution.
Finally, ICRF Events continue to produce excellent results. In December, at the third annual “ICRF Presents”, co-chaired by the trio of Jeffrey Bly, Richard Flomen, and Jon Hanser, more than 500 guests were treated to a sensational night of music at Koerner Hall, led by headliner Nikki Yanofsky, and by 5 outstanding youth musicians from the local Toronto Community. We are again extremely grateful to Scotiabank for being the Presenting Sponsor. On February 25, 2015 ICRF Revolving Tables will take place at the Four Seasons Hotel. Led by Co-Chairs Jamie Grundman, Brian Hefter, and Lauren Jacob and again with Presenting sponsor RBC, this year’s event will feature over 25 CEO’s and represent some of Canada’s most influential corporations. The event targets 25 to 35 year old professionals, and promises to sell out. Also, on May 5, 2015, the 14th Annual Woman of Action Luncheon will take place at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel. The event will honour four incredible women who have achieved in the areas of business, community, science and medicine, and human development.
As you can see, we are very busy at ICRF Toronto, working hard to achieve our mission of finding treatments and cures for all forms of cancer, utilizing the unique benefits Israel and its scientists have to offer. The results of the research have a significant impact in Toronto, across Canada and throughout the world.
On behalf of all of us at ICRF Toronto we thank you for your continued support.
President, ICRF Toronto