Laugh Out Loud raises almost $950,000 for mental health at Trillium Health Partners

Russell Peters and Jessica Holmes took the stage at the hottest comedy event of the year

MISSISSAUGA – comedic sensation Russell Peters and Jessica Holmes led guests in laughs at the hottest comedy event of the year: Trillium Health Partners Foundation’s 4th annual Laugh Out Loud at The International Centre on Saturday, February 27. Jessica Holmes did a wonderful job hosting the event and headliner Russell Peters was outstanding in entertaining and engaging the audience for a night of comedy no one will ever forget. Presented by Deepak International Ltd., the event raised almost $950,000 for the mental health program at Trillium Health Partners.

“We’re thrilled to have had another successful event in support of an important cause,” says Meaghan Stovel McKnight, SVP and COO, Trillium Health Partners Foundation. “Mental health touches so many in our community. It’s inspiring to see such incredible support for mental health and to see close to 1,000 members of our community come together in support of our hospital. We’re so grateful to our generous sponsors and community for their continued partnership, and to our celebrity guests for leading us in laughs, giving us a spectacular night to remember.”

“With our community’s support, we can help Trillium Health Partners ensure we continue to deliver the right care, in the right place, at the right time,” says Dr. Alison Freeland, Interim Program Chief and Medical Director, Mental Health and VP of Medical Education, Trillium Health Partners. “Events like Laugh Out Loud help break the stigma of mental health, which is especially important to us as we build a system of care both inside and outside of our hospital walls. Community support will continue to help our hospital address the challenge of access to mental health services by developing specialized care zones in our Emergency Departments and funding of our ground-breaking Medical Psychiatry Alliance. We are changing the face of mental health and people should be very proud of what their support can help enable.”

The Foundation would like to thank Deepak International Ltd., who stepped forward as the Presenting Sponsor for the second year in a row; Square One, Entertainment Sponsor; Longo’s, Dinner Sponsor; Yorkville Asset Management, VIP Reception Sponsor – who all returned for the fourth year in a row – and are grateful to all of the other sponsors and donors who helped make LOL 2016 a success.

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To view photos from the event, please visit our Flickr gallery.

Note to media: high-resolution photos available upon request.

About Trillium Health Partners Foundation
Trillium Health Partners Foundation is dedicated to raising the critical funds needed to address the highest priority needs of Trillium Health Partners, the largest community-based, acute care facility in Ontario. Trillium Health Partners is comprised of The Credit Valley Hospital, Mississauga Hospital and Queensway Health Centre. To learn more, visit

About Trillium Health Partners
Trillium Health Partners is one of the largest community-based, acute care facilities in Canada. Comprised of Credit Valley Hospital, Mississauga Hospital and Queensway Health Centre, Trillium Health Partners serves the growing and diverse populations of Mississauga, West Toronto and surrounding communities. Trillium Health Partners is a research and teaching hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto Mississauga and the Mississauga Academy of Medicine. To learn more, visit

For more information or photo requests, please contact:

Lorraine Quartaro

Amy Raposo
Communications Advisor
Trillium Health Partners Foundation
Office: 905-848-7580, ext. 1717

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