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

Posted: September 26, 2017

September 26, 2017 — The Health Sciences Centre Foundation is excited to announce the 5th and Grand Finale Celebrity Human Race, presented by Canad Inns, raised more than $850,000. The event took place on September 22 and 23 in Winnipeg. Featuring both local and international celebrities, the event saw 17 teams race around Winnipeg solving clues, puzzles and challenges with the help of a celebrity teammate.
"Over five years, people in this community raised an incredible $3.8 million through this event,” said Dan Chisick, who co-chaired the event with Ryan Downey. "It can’t be understated how much of a difference all the teams, sponsors, and volunteers have made towards improving health care in our province. And all weekend long, we heard from participants telling us how much fun they had while making a difference.”
CHR 2017 StartThe 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 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 operating a forklift at FXR, singing carpool karaoke at Mercedes-Benz with Juno winner and Grammy-nominated artist Trevor Guthrie, opening a champagne bottle with a sabre at Banville & Jones Wine Co., attempting skill shots with former Winnipeg Jet Dean Kennedy at Bell MTS Place, and practicing their life-saving skills at HSC Winnipeg.
It all culminated in an awards ceremony at Canad Inns Destination Centre Polo Park that featured a live auction fundraiser and a special performance from Trevor Guthrie. The race winners were also crowned; first place went to Cell Mechanics and their celebrity team mate, Jully Black. TEAM ADESA…BID HIGH led by Gregg Maidment was recognized as the top team fundraisers. They raised more than $100,000. Vinistas led by HSC Foundation Board Chair, Tina Jones, raised over $93,000, and rounding out the top three fundraising teams was Industrial Metals led by Dan Chisick who raised more than $37,000.
"Thank you to all of the teams, and everyone involved for making this weekend such a huge success,” said Tina Jones, Chair of the Board of Directors for the HSC Foundation. "Everyone who has supported Celebrity Human Race since it started has helped to ensure HSC can deliver tomorrow’s care today, for families across Manitoba. Thank you, all of you!”
This year’s celebrities included: AnnaLynne McCord – Actress, 90210, Nip/Tuck; Billy Baldwin – Actor, Backdraft, Squid and the Whale, Dirty, Sexy, Money & Gossip Girl; Brad May – NHL Alumini and Stanley Cup Champion: Brad Smith – Former Bachelor Canada, Chopped Canada Host; Claude Lemieux – NHL Alumni and Stanley Cup Champion; Dash Mihok – Actor, Ray Donovan; Donovan Carter – Actor, Ballers: Eddie McClintock – Actor, Warehouse13, Shooter: Jes Macallan – Actress, Mistresses, Legends of Tomorrow; John O’Hurley – Actor, Seinfeld, Family Feud; Johnny Colatruglio – Reality TV Personality, Big Brother Canada 3; Jully Black – Canada's Queen of R&B Soul; Kevin Martin – Olympic & World Curling Champion; Leo Stakos – Host FISH TV, Philanthropist and Ambassador; Nic Bishop – Actor, Snowfall, Covert Affairs, Body of Proof, Past Life; Omar Benson Miller – Actor, Ballers, 8 Mile; Pooch Hall ֪– Actor, Ray Donovan.
"Canad Inns is proud to be a supporter of the HSC Foundation,” said Dan Lussier, CEO of Canad Inns. "We have been on board as the Presenting Sponsor since the start of the Celebrity Human Race, 5 years ago.     HSC is part of our community and at Canad Inns we believe in giving back to our community. The Celebrity Human Race has been an innovative way to raise funds for the HSC Foundation, while having fun. Over the past 5 years, we have enjoyed the opportunity to support the HSC Foundation in all they do.”