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Celebrity Human Race Raises More Than $850,000 for HSC Foundation

Posted: October 4, 2016

October 4, 2016 - The Health Sciences Centre Foundation is excited to announce the 4th annual Celebrity Human Race, presented by Canad Inns, raised more than $850,000 for the Foundation – the most in event history. The event took place on September 30 and October 1, 2016 in Winnipeg. Featuring both local and international celebrities, the event saw 18 teams race around Winnipeg solving clues, puzzles and challenges with the help of a celebrity teammate.
 
"Teams worked for months to raise funds for the hospital, our sponsors were incredibly generous again, and we saw it all come together at an amazing, two-day event,” said event Co-Chairs Dan Chisick and Jim Morden. "It was a fun and very memorable weekend for everyone involved, and we thank everyone who had a hand in making it happen.”
 
The event kicked off Friday night with the draft party at The Metropolitan Entertainment Centre by Canad Inns, where teams were able to mix and mingle with all of the celebrities as they "drafted” their own celebrity teammate for the race.
 
Saturday, teams and their celebrity teammates enjoyed brunch at JOEY Restaurants Polo Park, before setting out on the race to solve clues and navigate to "pit stops” throughout Winnipeg where they completed exciting challenges – ranging from driving a mini excavator at Toromont CAT, recording a hit song at Private Ear Recording Studio, playing dodgeball at Sky Zone Trampoline Park, matching cars to movie clips at Birchwood BMW, and practicing their suturing skills at HSC Winnipeg.
 
It all culminated in an awards ceremony at Canad Inns Destination Centre Polo Park that featured an auction fundraiser and a special performance from Canada's hip hop ambassador Kardinal Offishall. The race winners were also crowned; first place went to team Trouble x 5, also known as Fast & Curious, and their celebrity team mate, actor Timothy Guinee.
 
"The Health Sciences Centre is near and dear to the heart of people in this community, and that was very apparent this past weekend,” said Tina Jones, Chair of the Board of Directors for the HSC Foundation. "Everyone who supported this year’s Celebrity Human Race has helped to ensure HSC can deliver world-class health care to all of our loved ones – through life-saving research, new technology and cutting-edge facilities.”
 
This year’s celebrities included: Alimi Ballard -Actor/Producer, The Catch; Billy Baldwin – Actor, Backdraft, Gossip Girl; Dean McDermott- Actor and Reality Television Personality; Jacky Ido -Actor/Director, The Catch; Heather Moyse - 2x Olympic Gold Medalist, Bobsled; Jes Macallan -Actress, Mistresses; Johnny Colatruglio - Reality TV Personality, Big Brother Canada 3; John O’Hurley – Actor, Seinfeld and Family Feud; Jully Black - Canada's Queen of R&B Soul; Kardinal Offishall - Rapper and Record Producer; Kevin Martin - Olympic & World Curling Champion; Leo Stakos - Host - FISH TV, Philanthropist, and Entrepreneur; Nic Bishop - Actor, Dominion, Covert Affairs, Body of Proof, Past Life; Obby Khan - Blue Bomber/CFL Alumni, Owner Shawarma Khan; Pooch Hall - Actor, Ray Donovan, The Game; Theo Fleury - Former NHL All-Star, Stanley Cup winner and Olympic Gold Medalist; Timothy Guinee - Actor, Hell on Wheels, The Good Wife, Revolution and Homeland; Brad Smith – Former Bachelor Canada, Chopped Canada Host; and Dave Babych – Former Winnipeg Jet and NHL All-Star.
 
"Canad Inns is proud to be a partner of the HSC Foundation, as the Presenting Sponsor of the Celebrity Human Race for the 4th year,” said Dan Lussier, CEO of Canad Inns. "At Canad Inns we strongly believe in giving back to our community. Community involvement is one of the cornerstones of our Mission Statement. The Celebrity Human Race is an exciting and unique event that raises funds for the HSC Foundation’s great efforts.”
 
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About HSC Foundation
The HSC Foundation supports the men and women who provide health care at Health Sciences Centre by funding research, education, advanced technology and improved patient care. Help us bring hope to life and donate today at www.hscfoundation.mb.ca.
 
For more information:
 
Jason Permanand
HSC Foundation
204-990-4310