Leaders and friends of Canada’s financial-services community are gathering Thursday on the trading floor of the historic Toronto Stock Exchange for the 15th Annual Open Your Hearts to the Children Benefit.
The proceeds from the fundraising event will go towards the efforts of Help For Children/Hedge Funds Care (HFC) Canada to support local and national charities against child abuse. Founded in 2003, HFC Canada was founded through the charitable goodwill of local alternative investment professionals as an affiliate for Help For Children, a New York-based global non-profit that works to prevent and treat child abuse in 13 cities located in seven countries across the world.
“We are grateful for the generous support of the financial services community, particularly Canada’s hedge fund industry, which has been a champion of this impactful initiative from the very beginning,” said HFC Canada President and Director and Goldman Communications CEO Corey Goldman. “As we mark our 15th year in Canada, we are pleased with what we have accomplished, but also cognizant of the work ahead that still needs to be completed to continue to combat and treat child abuse and neglect.”
Since it was founded, HFC Canada has distributed nearly $1.7 million through 57 grants, helping to impact thousands of lives at a local level each year. The not-for-profit organization has had a leadership role in successful fundraising events and other initiatives to reduce trauma, build individual strengths, reduce risk, and strengthening families in Toronto as well as surrounding areas.
“Funding for these grants is a direct result of the support received from Canada’s financial services and alternative investment community,” said event co-Chairs Rees Barnett of Pietas Capital and Rob Duncan of NewGen Asset Management.
“Much of what has been accomplished would not be possible without the support of our national and global sponsors, including Citco Canada, Arrow Capital, Polar Securities, Ernst & Young, TD Securities and many others.”
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