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B Beyond Magazine talks philanthropy with Bobby Genovese

The ability to identify opportunities is a quality all successful people share. Turning your own qualities into an opportunity, however, is something Bobby Genovese could claim a patent on.

A natural people connector with an engaging personality, easy charm and formidable marketing nous, he parlayed all of these into a business, introducing players in the financial industry to one another.  He would have understood the value of mutually beneficial, peer to peer networking before the word was even coined.  As his clients prospered, so did he and somewhere along the line, the BG Capital Group was born. BG Capital is an evolved version of the “turn your qualities into an opportunity” concept – it is a “turn your interests into working assets” proposition and works spectacularly well because of Genovese’s unique skill of relating to people in general and utilising the relationships he creates to cross-fertilise the BG brand.

The BG brand itself comprises several divisions: a private equity capital group identifying new investment opportunities, a capital management multi-national business and asset consolidator, and a privately held real estate investment and development trust that actively acquires properties in the US, Canada and the Carribeans.

bobbyOne of the ways his business has evolved is through his personal interests and it’s a measure of the man’s acumen and shrewdness that virtually everything he’s fallen in love with has become a working asset.

Over time he fell in love with beautiful locations and bought homes there, played polo around the world, went yachting in the Bahamas, flew planes and of course, kept making friends everywhere.

The homes, 14 of them, became the BG Luxury Retreats Luxury Portfolio; BG Parks is an ecotourism and land conservation project; BG Polo is two polo clubs in Florida and a polo ranch in Argentina; BG Yachts is not just a reflection of his love of boats (he bought Paul Allen’s former yacht, Charade), but an expanding business that charters yachts in Miami.

unnamed-1“It’s a new industry I fell into”, says Genovese casually, but there is nothing casual about it – not only does he pretty much own the FL charter market, he has plans to expand and grow it on the Med, so stay tuned.

When it comes to philanthropy, Genovese has followed a similar business-like approach and rather than donate to a spade of charities (too many causes to choose from), he bought a company whose model of giving he liked, Solutions with Impact.

The company raises funds through events and the Genovese-inspired car and boat rallies are hugely enjoyable as well as successful in contributing to paediatric cancer research (they have raised $17m to date).

“Giving back is a privilege”, he says, echoing major philanthropists around the globe, but you can bet that Bobby Genovese and everyone involved also have enormous fun doing it.

Investing in relationships that pay dividends and turning personal assets and interests into businesses, not to mention impact philanthropy, is what most of us endeavour to do either or both purposefully and on a subliminal level.  Genovese has turned it into an art form.

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BG Capital Group’s Bobby Genovese Returns to Co-Chair Literacy Council’s 2nd Annual Team Scrabble Fundraiser

Annual Team Scrabble Event to be held October 29, 2015

Following last year’s incredible success and record turnout, BG Capital Group Chairman Bobby Genovese has agreed to Co-Chair the Marion County Literacy Council’s 2nd Annual Team Scrabble event being held on Thursday, October 29, 2015 at the Country Club of Ocala, Ocala, FL. All event proceeds will be used to recruit, train and support volunteers who help adults in the community to improve their lives through literacy.

“I am honored to join such an important organization and cause and look forward to what promises to be another fun and incredibly successful event,” said Genovese of his commitment to the organization and efforts as returning co chair.

The event is staged using tables of eight-member teams that compete against one another in timed trials to create the highest value word combinations. Fun to play and entertaining to watch, participants use a variety of ploys to create high scoring words with the highest combination winning the grand prize.

“I am excited and privileged to work with the Literacy Council organization and team that are doing amazing things in the community every day in addressing the county’s 19% illiteracy rate. Together we can surely make a difference,” said Genovese.

The Literacy Council is the only local non-profit organization offering one-on-one adult basic education services, GED preparation, ESOL group classes, computer workshops, financial literacy education and citizenship classes.

Space is limited for corporate participation. Cost for tables of 8 are $1,000; individual tickets, are $50. For more information and to secure your space, call (352) 690-7323.

About BG Capital Group
With more than 25 years of experience in mergers and acquisition, BG Capital Group Limited and BG Capital Management Corporation are both based in Barbados with associate management offices in the Bahamas, Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton, Florida, Los Angeles, Toronto and Vancouver. In 2013, Genovese developed and launched BG Signature, a portfolio of exclusive luxury retreats in the US, Canada, Europe, South America and Bahamas, including its flagship property, BG Polo & Equestrian Resort in Ocala, Florida, a 100-acre, year-round luxury equestrian retreat. A fleet of private yachts, private jet and four polo and equestrian clubs complete the collection.

Eighth Annual Rally for Kids with Cancer Scavenger Cup in Toronto September 18 & 19 in Support of The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)

The eighth annual Rally for Kids with Cancer Scavenger Cup will be held September 18 and 19, 2015 in Toronto in support of pediatric cancer research, treatment and care for The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)

The eighth annual Rally for Kids with Cancer Scavenger Cup will be held September 18 and 19, 2015 in Toronto in support of pediatric cancer research, treatment and care for The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), announced Event Chairman Bobby Genovese, Chairman BG Capital Group and BG Signature.

“As the event chair and co-founder of the Car and Boat Rally events, which began in 2008 and have since generated more than $15 million for the Hospital for Sick Children, said Bobby Genovese, Chairman of the Board BG Capital Group. “All children should be given the opportunity to lead full, happy lives. Through this incredible event we can make a difference together and rally for kids with cancer!”

SickKids is one of the top children’s hospitals in the world; renowned for its world-class patient care, research, education and advocacy. Through donor support, SickKids has become a charity that strategically invests in research and training programs that have the potential to improve the health of children across Canada and around the world.

Cancer is the most common cause of disease-related death among Canadian children, and the rate of occurrence continues to rise. This world-renowned place of research, healing and hope, sees approximately 360 new cancer patients each year. All Rally participants and celebrities share the SickKids vision: Healthier Children, A Better World.

Confirmed celebrity navigators for this year include: Billy Baldwin – Actor, Gossip Girl, Hawaii Five-0, The Squid and the Whale, Backdraft; Daniel Jacobs – boxer and is the current WBA Middleweight champion; Hill Harper – Actor, CSI: NY; ; Jes Macallan – Actress, Mistresses; John Salley – NBA Champion, Wellness Advocate and Talk Show Host; Jodi Lyn O’Keefe – Actress, The Vampire Diaries, Two and a Half Men, Nash Bridges; Kim Coates – Actor, Sons of Anarchy; Leo Stakos – Host Fish TV; Lyriq Bent – Actor, Rookie Blue, The Book of Negroes; Mark Boone- Actor, Sons of Anarchy, Batman Begins, Se7en; Mira Sorvino- Academy Award and Golden Globe actress- Woody Allen’s Mighty Aphrodite, Stalker; Omar Benson Miller – Actor, Ballers, CSI Miami; Pooch Hall – Actor, Ray Donovan, The Game, Jumping the Broom; Rick Fox -Actor, Producer, TV Personality & NBA Champion, with more to be confirmed.

Car enthusiasts and philanthropists who participate as drivers must raise a minimum of $25,000 each, to enter their car and draft a Celebrity Navigator. Fuelled by an extraordinary schedule of events and exclusive pit stops, Rally Drivers and Celebrity Navigators embark on a journey of a lifetime.

The Rally for Kids with Cancer Scavenger Cup kicks off with “The Qualifiers” Celebrity Draft Party on September 18 at Muzik, located at 15 Saskatchewan Rd, Toronto, ON, in Toronto. This cocktail reception provides Rally Drivers with the opportunity to meet and recruit their desired Celebrity Navigator, along with scrumptious food provided by local area restaurants. The premium drafting positions will be determined based on the amount of dollars fundraised.

On September 19, the “Start Your Engines” Brunch takes place at the Ritz-Carlton, located at 181 Wellington Street West in Toronto. Adrenaline will be running high as Car Rally Drivers and Celebrity Navigators get ready for the checkered flag to wave. A delicious brunch will be served before participants set out on an adventure that will challenge, entertain and inspire. Fuelled by an extraordinary schedule of Pit Stops at some of the most renowned establishments and venues in the city, Car Rally Drivers and Celebrity Navigators will embark on a journey led from one clue to the next. Along the way, participants will interact with some of the most unique and inspiring children.

The final destination of the Rally is “The Winner’s Circle” a star-studded gala dinner at the Ritz-Carlton – 181 Wellington Street West. Rally drivers, celebrities, sponsors and invited guests will revel in their memories from the past two days while enjoying an incredible dinner and award-winning entertainment, with live auction prizes and the Scavenger Cup awards ceremony.

Auto World Imports (AWIN) Auto Group is the presenting sponsor and one of Canada’s most prestigious and well-respected auto groups, comprised of 13 auto dealerships in Toronto, Thornhill, Richmond Hill, Markham, Durham and Oakville, as well as in Victoria and Nanaimo. “ Awin is proud to come together with our fellow sponsors, participants and celebrities, in the hope to not only increase awareness of the cause but to succeed in raising much needed funds to help children in their fight against cancer.” said AWIN General Manager Paul Roach. For more information, visithttp://www.rallyforkids.com. To arrange an interview, please contact:
Lorraine Quartaro
Director, Communications, Solutions with Impact
T: (416) 703-5371 x 236
C: (416) 433-7232
F: (416) 703-7425 lorraine(dot)quartaro(at)sympatico(dot)ca

BG Capital Group’s Bobby Genovese’s Historic Miss Canada IV Returns to Picton Ontario to Commemorate 1950 World Water Speed Record Attempt

Bobby Genovese’s world famous Miss Canada IV will take center stage at Picton, Ontario’s Prince Edward Yacht Club on October 2 and 3, 2015

Bobby Genovese’s world famous Miss Canada IV will take center stage at Picton, Ontario’s Prince Edward Yacht Club on October 2 and 3, 2015 to commemorate the 65th anniversary of her historic 200 mph run at the World Water Speed record. Admission for the two-day event is $10.

“Who would have ever thought that Miss Canada IV would return to the waters of Prince Edward County 65 years after Harold and Lorna Wilsons’ attempt at the World Water Speed Record,” said her owner, BG Capital Group Chairman Bobby Genovese, of this inaugural event hosted by Thunder Events of Picton (TEP).

“Miss Canada IV was the first Canadian challenge to the supremacy of the United States on the world hydroplane stage,” said Genovese, who will be joined by members of the Wilson family returning to watch her fly down the bay. “She captured the imagination of the nation, and we are delighted that she will thrill audiences once again. She is a significant part of Canada’s boat racing history, which I am proud to bring back to Picton.”

Genovese is a devoted collector of vintage Canadian race boats, including Miss Canada III, and Canadiana Grand Prix. He also owns Rambler, a restored 70ft 1903 Polson Iron Works Yacht, Miss Miami V, and Pistoff, a 1960, 970-horsepower twin engine Vic Carpenter custom runabout.

“This gathering will be a great opportunity for visitors to see many of the race boat legends that competed in Picton,” said BG Vintage Racing Team Manager Jamie Smith, who heads Genovese’s BG Vintage Race Boat and Antique Boat Museum, which is expected to be completed next year.

The anniversary festivities will feature a static display of vintage hydroplanes and race boats including Miss Canada IV and give attendees the opportunity to meet the drivers and crews along with notable celebrities of current and past hydroplane racing fame.

TEP was established to promote boat racing, both vintage and professional, in Prince Edward County. Thunder on the Bay is made possible thanks to financial support from local businesses and individuals with the desire to bring race boat fans back to Prince Edward County. Net proceeds of this event will support local charities, the PEC Heritage Fund, and future events. Thunder Events is owned and operated by Larry Ritchie, Board Director of the Prince Edward County Chamber of Tourism and Commerce and owner of Picton Harbour Pontoon Tours.

Event Contact:
Larry Ritchie, Thunder Events Picton
613-920-8453; thundereventspicton(at)gmail(dot)com

Bobby Genovese Returns as Co-Chair for 2nd Annual Rally for Kids with Cancer in Nashville, TN, October 2nd and 3rd, 2015, Benefiting Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital

Heisman Trophy Winner and NFL Alumni Tennessee Titans’ Eddie George Named as Honorary Celebrity Chair for 2nd Annual Rally for Kids with Cancer Presented by Dollar General

Rally for Kids with Cancer, presented by Dollar General, is proud to announce Eddie George, Heisman Trophy Winner and NFL Alumni of the Tennessee Titans, as the Honorary Celebrity Chair of the second annual Rally for Kids with Cancer Scavenger Cup in Nashville, October 2nd and October 3rd, 2015.

BG Capital Group Chairman Bobby Genovese is joined by J.R. and Kailey Hand of Hand Family Companies as Co-Chairs of the event. Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt will be the benefactors of the event. The event’s goal is to raise much needed funds for children’s cancer research, care and treatment, in the hopes of one day soon ending children’s cancer.

“As the event co-chair and co-founder of the Rally for Kids with Cancer, I felt that it was vital that we all worked together to provide much needed resources and support for pediatric cancer initiatives, and with everyone’s help the event raised more than $600,000 last years,” said Bobby Genovese, Chairman of the Board BG Capital Group.

“Through the Rally for Kids event, supporters have the opportunity to inspire hope and help raise invaluable funds for children’s cancer research, treatment and care at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt,” said Eddie George, the Honorary Celebrity Chair. “With your help, this inspiring event can make a difference, help me rally for kids with cancer.”

Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, a freestanding hospital dedicated to serving only children, is nationally recognized as a leading provider of pediatric health care services. The world-class facilities at Children’s Hospital are a testament to our community’s dedication to the health of children. Constructed in 2004 and expanded in 2012, our 271-bed hospital is a child-friendly place built on the science of healing. Children’s Hospital is a top-level teaching and research facility. No child is denied care on basis of limited ability to pay.

Rally for Kids Scavenger Cup is an event which began in Canada eight years ago and has raised more than $16 million to support pediatric cancer research, treatment and care.

Nashville Rally for Kids with Cancer is an event supporting the Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer research, national charity here in the US benefiting the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research began in 2005 in Atlanta by a lady named Dean Crowe in response to a local mother’s plea for research dollars to help her 12-year-old son who was fighting a brain tumor. “Raise money for childhood cancer research and fund the best research wherever it may be,” she asked. The Rally Foundation is a national charity in the USA which raises awareness and funds for childhood cancer research. It has raised more than $7 million and funded more than 120 cutting-edge research projects around the country.

The Rally for Kids with Cancer Scavenger Cup is a unique, exhilarating and memorable event that provides participants with two incredible days filled with fun and excitement. Described as a high-end scavenger hunt meets “Amazing Race,” this event features luxury vehicles and will challenge, inspire and entertain. Car enthusiasts and philanthropists who participate as drivers must raise a minimum of $25,000 each to enter their car and draft a Celebrity Navigator. Fueled by an extraordinary schedule of events and exclusive pit stops, Rally Drivers and Celebrity Navigators embark on a journey of a lifetime.

Past celebrities include: Billy Baldwin – Actor, Gossip Girl, Hawaii Five-0, The Squid and the Whale, Backdraft; Anne Dudek – Actress, House, Covert Affairs, Mad Men; Jason George – Actor, Mistresses, Grey’s Anatomy; Omar Benson-Miller – Actor: Actor, Ballers, CSI Miami; Rick Fox -3 X NBA Champion, Actor, Producer & TV Personality; Rick Hoffman- Actor, Suits and more.

The Rally event will begin with an exclusive cocktail party on October 2, 2015, at the Oz Arts in Nashville to provide Rally Drivers with the opportunity to meet and recruit their desired Celebrity Navigator. The following day begins with the “Start Your Engines” brunch before participants set out on their day-long adventure marked by an extraordinary schedule of pit stops at some of the city’s most renowned establishments and venues. The event culminates that evening with a star-studded gala dinner at the Hilton Nashville Downtown, 121 Fourth Avenue South, where Rally drivers, celebrities, sponsors and invited guests revel in their experiences while enjoying an incredible dinner, award-winning entertainment and live auction prizes during the Scavenger Cup awards ceremony.

Bobby Genovese Helps 3rd Annual Boat Rally for Kids with Cancer Raised over $700,000 for Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)

Led by returning Event Chair Bobby Genovese, the 3rd annual Boat Rally for Kids with Cancer raised over $700,000 for the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids).

Led by returning Event Chair Bobby Genovese, the 3rd annual Boat Rally for Kids with Cancer raised over $700,000 for the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). The event took to the waters of Lake Joseph and Lake Rosseau on July 18, 2015 and featured a star-studded group of celebrity navigators, including actor Billy Baldwin, Catherine O’Hare, Jason Priestley, Olympic gold medalist Heather Moyse and more. https://review.bellmedia.ca/view/1167060035

The highest participating fundraiser was Team S2G, captain by Oliver Bock with an astounding $157,934.80. The winning team of the Boat Rally was Team Mercury, Skip by Adrian Rushforth with Celebrity navigator NHL Alumni; Mike Krushelnyski.

“As event chair and co-founder of the Car and Boat Rally events I want to thank everyone for their gracious donation of time, energy and commitment to this event,” said Bobby Genovese, Chairman of the Board, BG Capital Group and BG Signature. “This positive response to everyone’s efforts has been truly overwhelming. This year, we were able to raise over $700,000, bringing our three-year total for the Boat Rally to over $2.1 million. That’s incredible!”

The Boat Rally is a unique and exciting boating event that has put the Fun into Fundraising, featuring family-fun, celebrities, thrilling challenges and cottage adventure with the goal of raising funds for pediatric cancer research, treatment and care. “When we come together and choose to fight children’s cancer, we are making a difference in the lives of those most in need,” said Genovese.

Fuelled by an ambitious schedule of pit stops locations set along a route across the beautiful waters and cottages of Muskoka, Boat Rally teams had to work together to decipher clues and riddles that took them on a journey from one location to the next. The final destination was the Gala BBQ Dinner at Rocky Crest where Rally drivers, celebrities, sponsors and invited guests reveled in their memories from the day while enjoying an incredible dinner and award-winning entertainment, with live auction and the Scavenger Cup awards ceremony.

Celebrity navigators included: Billy Baldwin – Actor, Gossip Girl, Hawaii Five-0, The Squid and the Whale, Backdraft; Catherine O’Hara – Actress, SCTV, Home Alone; Heather Moyse – 2x Olympic Gold Medalist, Bobsled; Jason Priestley – Actor and Director; John Salley – NBA Alumni, TV Host; Leo Stakos – TV Host, Fish TV; Marty McSorley – NHL Alumni and Mike Krushelnyski – NHL Alumni.

SickKids is one of the top children’s hospitals in the world; renowned for its world-class patient care, research, education and advocacy. Through donor support, SickKids has become a charity that strategically invests in research and training programs that have the potential to improve the health of children across Canada and around the world. Cancer is the most common cause of disease-related death among Canadian children, and the rate of occurrence continues to rise. This world-renowned place of research, healing and hope, sees approximately 360 new cancer patients each year. All Rally participants and celebrities share the SickKids vision: Healthier Children, A Better World.

“The Journey to a brighter future will not be possible without everyone’s support, it is our hope to not only increase awareness of the cause but to raise much needed funds to help children in their fight against cancer,” said Joel Hock, co-founder of the Rally for Kids with Cancer Foundation. “This is a testament to what can be done when philanthropic individuals unite with one shared vision: the health and well-being of our children.” For more information, visit http://www.rallyforkids.com or http://www.boatrallyforkids.com

BG Vero Beach Polo Club Hosts Special Equestrians “Pony Up” Fundraiser

UntitledBobby Genovese’s BG Vero Beach Polo Club hosted its inaugural “Pony Up” fundraiser on Saturday February 21 to benefit Special Equestrians of the Treasure Coast, provider of therapeutic horseback riding for children and adults affected by conditions affecting muscles and speech.

“To a child or adult with a physical, developmental or emotional disability, life looks a lot brighter on horseback,” said Program Director Volunteer Vicki Penley. “The power and warmth of a horse strengthens and tones muscles, improves balance, head control and coordination, builds patience and self-esteem, and offers a sense of freedom and equality.”

Since 1992, the Vero Beach 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization has provided therapeutic horseback riding for children and adults who are challenged by Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral palsy, Spina Bifida, Strokes, Diabetes, and other conditions affecting muscles and speech.

Saturday’s fundraising celebration featured authentic Argentine BBQ by Ocean Grill polo team members, a polo foot mallet competition and 50/50 Raffle for VIP BG Polo Tailgate experience, silent auction and music.

“We could not be more honored or humbled to support this amazing organization and the hundreds of adults and children they help through their selfless service and commitment,” said BG Vero Beach Polo Club and BG Capital Group Chairman Bobby Genovese. “Their work should be applauded and supported at every turn and we will do everything possible to make that happen. It is our good fortune to be their neighbor.”

Genovese’s BG Polo includes five polo and equestrian teaching and competition centers in Vero Beach, Ocala and Davie Florida, Toronto, Ontario, and Pilar, Argentina.

BG Polo & Equestrian Club is located at 7700 8th Street, Vero Beach FL 32968. For more information about contact Equestrian Director Patta Conboy at 772-766-0027 or email: patta@bgsignature.com

Bobby Genovese to Co-Chair 2015 Florida Fun Mini Match Dance Competition

Screenshot_120514_010511_PMBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, December 5, 2014 — In support of the Marion Therapeutic Riding Association Bobby Genovese has been named co-chair of the Florida Fun Mini Match dance competition to be held on Sunday, January 18, 2015 at the Circle Square Cultural Center in Ocala, Florida, announced event creator and presenting sponsor, Mary K. Thomas owner of Equistaff.com, FastTrack Staffing, Inc. and MKT Talent.

A portion of the proceeds raised will be donated to The Marion Therapeutic Riding Association, a not-for-profit organization that has been providing therapeutic horseback riding opportunities to both physically and mentally challenged people since 1983.

“As an avid horse rider and lover, I am excited and honored to work with Mary and her team and to help support the MTRA, which is doing amazing things in the community every day,” said Genovese, BG Capital Group Board Chairman and owner of BG Signature, a portfolio of 12 exclusive luxury retreats in the US, Canada, Europe, South America and Bahamas, including its flagship property, BG Equestrian Resort in Ocala, Florida. “I am honored to join Mary in co-hosting what promises to be an unforgettable afternoon of great dancing and camaraderie.”

The competition is being produced by Dance, Dance, Dance Studios of Wildwood, Florida, in partnership with Thomas and will feature amateur, professional and youth ballroom dancers competing for scholarships, awards and cash prizes. Celebrity judges are 2014 US Professional American Rhythm Vice-Champions, Nazar Norov and Irina Kudryashova, who will also be performing.

The event will be held at Circle Square Cultural Center, 8395 SW 80th St., Ocala, Florida and will begin at 1pm. General admission tickets are available online for $25.00 and $30.00 at the door. Participant registration forms are available online at http://www.dancedancedance.biz/minimatch

For more information, contact Mary K. Thomas at 352-266-0015 or Cristina Spicher at 352-432-0873 or visit www.dancedancedance.biz.

About BG Capital Group

With more than 25 years of experience in mergers and acquisition. BG Capital Group Limited and BG Capital Management Corporation are both based in Barbados with associate management offices in the Bahamas, Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton, Florida, Los Angeles, Toronto and Vancouver. In 2013 Genovese developed and launched BG Signature, a portfolio of 12 exclusive luxury retreats in the US, Canada, Europe, South America and Bahamas, including its flagship property, BG Equestrian Resort in Ocala, Florida, a 100-acre, year-round luxury equestrian retreat featuring world-class stables and lodging for traveling horse enthusiasts. www.bgcapitalgroup.com

About BG Signature

BG Signature is a privately curated collection of luxury destinations that include private estates in the United States, Canada, Bahamas, England and Argentina. A private yacht and jet complete the collection in addition to five polo and equestrian teaching and competition centers for all skill levels in Florida, Canada and Argentina. www.bgsignature.com

Over $13 Million Raised for SickKids

TORONTO, Aug. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — This year’s 2nd Annual Boat Rally for Kids with Cancer Scavenger Cup raised more than $800,000 last month in support of the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) – Canada’s largest and most sophisticated centre for pediatric cancer research, treatment and care, announced Rally Chairman Bobby Genovese.

“As event chair for the second year, I’m so proud of the amount of money we raised to provide much needed resources and support to pediatric cancer initiatives,” said Genovese, Chairman BG Capital Group and BG Signature Properties. “Our efforts will help the spectrum of what’s needed — from groundbreaking research and treatment to practical advancements like ‘chemotherapy backpacks’ that free young patients from confining hospital stays.”

Staged on the waters of Lake Joseph and Lake Rosseau in the Muskokas, the Boat Rally is a continuation of the extremely successful Car Rally for Kids with Cancer Scavenger Cup, which began in 2008, raising more than $13 million for SickKids, which Genovese also chairs. This year’s rally, which is nearly sold out, will be held in Toronto on September 19 and 20, 2014.

“The support that SickKids receives from the Boat Rally makes it possible to be a world-leader in child health research and care,” saysTed Garrard president and CEO, SickKids Foundation. “More specifically, contributions from these rallies help fund important innovations in cancer research that will translate into new treatments for children who currently battle cancer as well as those yet to be diagnosed.”

The day was marked by a “treasure map” of clues and riddles that rally participants followed from one lakefront cottage to the next before enjoying the evening’s gala BBQ dinner, live auction, awards ceremony and award-winning entertainment by Eric Lee Beddingfield and Tony Arata at Rocky Crest. Celebrity navigators included:  Actor Billy Baldwin (Parenthood, Backdraft); Actress  Catherine O’Hara (SCTV, Home Alone); NHL Alumni Gary Leeman; Actor Harry Hamlin; 2x Olympic Gold Medalist Bobsledder Heather Moyse; Actress Julie Benz (Defiance, Dexter); FISH TV Host Leo Stakos; Actress Lisa Rinna; NHL Alumni Marty McSorley and Mike Krushelnyski; and NHL Montreal Canadians, Norris Trophy Winner P.K. Subban, and others.

“It is our hope to not only increase awareness of the cause but to continue to raise much needed funds to help children in their fight against cancer,” said Joel Hock, founder of the Rally for Kids with Cancer Foundation. “This is a testament to what can be done when philanthropic individuals unite with one shared vision: the health and well-being of our children.”

Cancer is the most common cause of disease-related death among Canadian children. Treating approximately 360 new cancer patients each year SickKids is renowned for its world-class patient care, research, education and advocacy. Through donor support, SickKids has become a charity that strategically invests in research and training programs that have the potential to improve the health of children across Canada and around the world. For more information, visit www.rallyforkids.com or www.boatrallyforkids.com

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