By: Stuart Nulman – mtltimes.ca
The 14th annual Gala for Crohn’s and Colitis Canada (which was formerly known as the All That Glitters Gala) is scheduled to take place on April 4 at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts on Sherbrooke Street West, starting at 6 p.m.
This year’s gala will pay tribute to Jaclyn (Jackie) Lea Fisher, who passed away on March 21 of last year at the age of 26 from cancer, after battling Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) since the age of 10. Since her diagnosis, Jackie’s parents – Rina and Larry Fisher – were always seeking ways to support research in order to find a cure for IBD, and helped start a committee that put together the first gala for Crohn’s and Colitis in Montreal, in which Jackie played an active role in planning these galas for many years.
A graduate of Herzliah High School, where she planned several Crohn’s and Colitis fundraising and awareness events during her time as a student there, Jackie served as the national teen spokesperson for the annual Heel N’ Wheel Walk in 2005, and started a Crohn’s and Colitis Youth Committee in Montreal in order to develop more awareness and organize teen fundraising events for the cause.
After graduating from Marianopolis College (where she started an IBD Social Club), Jackie continued her studies at McGill University, where she ended up on the Dean’s List and later served as a course counsellor and junior administrative counsellor for organizational behavior at the Faculty of Management. She was awarded her Bachelor of Arts Degree last year, after putting her studies on hold following her cancer diagnosis.
The gala will begin with the tribute to Jackie, in which Dr. Alain Bitton, director of McGill’s Division of Gastroenterology and was also one of her doctors, will speak about Jackie and what she achieved and contributed to Crohn’s and Colitis Canada during her short life. It will be followed by a cocktail dinatoire courtesy of some of Montreal’s top restaurants, including Moishes, Grumman 78, Joe Beef, Tavern on the Square, Nora Gray, Wolfe Montcalm, Burger Bar and Squish.
Tickets are $195 each and the goal for the evening is to raise a total of $500,000. Proceeds will benefit further research, as well as Crohn’s and Colitis Canada’s “Make it stop. For life” campaign, with a portion of the proceeds going towards the establishment of the Jaclyn Fisher Education Fund. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call Stephanie at 514-342-0666, or go online at www.galas4crohnsandcolitis.ca/montreal.