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“Le Club des petits déjeuners/Breakfast Club of Canada” now supported by “The Grand Evening” of the Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada

Groupe de Course Octane, which organizes the Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada, is pleased to announce the return, for the seventh year running, of its inaugural gala dinner “The Grand Evening”, on Thursday 9 June, the day before the first free practice sessions where the best drivers in the world will be taking on Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve. Designed, as always, to bring together members of the business community and the Formula 1 circus present in Montréal, this spectacular social event, already a greatly appreciated tradition for many Montrealers, will once more be held at the “Arsenal” art complex in Griffintown. Those who decide to purchase tickets for this unique evening, which are already on sale, will once more be joined by team principals and drivers. In addition to the Fondation de l’Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur de Montréal, which has been supported by the event since its inception in 2010, Mr. François Dumontier, President and CEO of Octane Racing Group, is proud to announce that profits generated by the event will, for the first time in 2016, be shared with Le Club des petits déjeuners/Breakfast Club of Canada, a national charity founded nearly twenty years ago by Daniel Germain which ensures that thousands of young school kids start their day right.

Mr. François de Gaspé Beaubien and Mr. Roger T. Duguay will be our honorary co-chairs. Groupe de Course Octane and Le Club des petits déjeuners/Breakfast Club of Canada are also pleased to announce that Mr. François de Gaspé Beaubien and Mr. Roger T. Duguay will be the 2016 honorary co-chairs of the event. Mr. de Gaspé Beaubien is the Chairman of the board and CEO at Zoom Média and he belongs to a wellknown Montréal family, famous for its philanthropic endeavours. For his part, Mr. Duguay is the Founder and Managing Partner of the Montreal cabinet of Boyden, as well as a member of the Canadian board of the worldrenowned executive recruiting firm.

“Members of the great Formula 1 family always look forward to their annual visit with Canadian fans, particularly because they can feel the special atmosphere that graces Montréal every time. Since 2010, this atmosphere has been felt starting on Thursday night, thanks to our gala dinner ‘The Grand Evening’ and to the generous and enthusiastic participation of our business community,” explained François Dumontier. “And I couldn’t be happier this year that Mr. de Gaspé Beaubien and Mr. Duguay have agreed to join us and our supported foundations to make this seventh edition another rousing success, and for this, I thank them sincerely.”

“Children should never have to worry about the adult world; their job is to simply grow, to play, to marvel and to trust in life. However, we all have the responsibility for insuring the welfare of children, whoever they may be. It is our duty to speak out on their behalf and to give them all an equal chance to succeed in life,” stated for his own part Daniel Germain, President and founder of Le Club des petits déjeuners/Breakfast Club of Canada. “François Dumontier is demonstrating this believes by choosing to support our case and we are honored by this.”

For 20 years now, Beakfast Club of Canada has been committed to feeding children’s potential by making sure that as many of them as possible have access to a nutritious breakfast and an environment that fosters their selfesteem before classes begin. Much more than a breakfast program, the Club’s approach is founded on commitment, appreciation and developing abilities. It cooperates with communities and regional organizations to develop an ideal formula adapted to local needs. Now active throughout Canada, Le Club des petits déjeuners helps to feed some 167,271 Canadian children in 1,455 schools from coast to coast to coast.

The Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur de Montréal treats victims of serious accidents and injuries from the Island of Montréal and many regions in Western Québec. It has been the designated track hospital of the Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada for several years now, and the members of its trauma team supply medical services for the most important sporting event in the country.

Tickets for the cocktail at 6 p.m., dinner at 7:30 p.m. and the evening are now on sale for $1,000 each. Full tables of ten guests are available for $10,000. 

Tickets may also be purchased directly from the Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada offices, at 514-350-4731, or on the web at www.imakeanonlinedonation.org/clubdejeuners/frm_detail.php?FrmUID=27
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