Toronto’s Brunch Fundraiser


Thank you!

Our biggest brunch yet!

Thank you to all who attended our sold-out brunch at the Brick Works last Sunday. Through the generosity of our sponsors, donors, and guests we raised over $291,000 (net) at Porridge for Parkinson’s 2023—with donations still coming in. This takes our fundraising total to over $1.37 million! We are truly grateful for your generous contributions.

Brunch guests with flowers from Quince Flowers.


two women with a bouquet
lox with herbs

Delicious Food

An incredible team of 17 brunch partners made Porridge for Parkinson’s a delicious success. Amongst these super-star chefs, Jamie Kennedy and Joanne Yolles were back again, along with Donna Dooher (Mildred’s Temple Kitchen) and Sandra Katsiou (Baker and Scone).

Phillip Walters’ magnificent lox creation.

Words & Music

Emcee Jeanne Beker and special guest speaker Harry Forestell, CBC host and journalist, made for a lively brunch event together with Toronto-based quintet, Fifth Element Jazz—vocalist Nina Richmond backed by Jack Gelbloom on piano, Ron Johnston on bass, Glenn Anderson on drums and Dave Coules on tenor sax.

Harry Forestell shared his experience with deep brain stimulation (DBS) treatment.


Harry Forestell and Jeannie Bekker
guest browsing the auction items

Browse & Brunch

The brunch-themed silent auction offered many fantastic objects and experiences. This year, we outdid ourselves with over 80 items available for bidding.

Guests browsing the silent auction.

Wonderful Guests

Thank you from the Porridge for Parkinson’s Organizing Committee to our 500 wonderful guests, all the partner chefs, restaurants, and others in the hospitality and service industry, as well as the individuals, foundations, and corporate sponsors who came together for such a memorable day.

Founding Chef Joanne Yolles shares a moment.


Quince floral bouquet

Vital Research

The proceeds from our events fund groundbreaking research into the cause and cure for Parkinson’s Disease. Since 2019, they have been directed toward the Parkinson’s Research Excellence Fund at the Edmond J Safra Program in Parkinson’s Disease at the Krembil Brain Institute, Toronto Western Hospital, UHN.

Dr. Anthony Lang provided opening remarks.

Porridge for Parkinson’s is made possible through the generosity of individual donors, foundation grants, and corporate sponsors (below).

See all our 2023 supporters.

Marc Anthony Venere Foundation
Paradise Developments
LSD the agency
Arkin Furrow Estate Law
Bayshore HealthCare
Liuna Local 183
Genova Private Management
Schwartz, Levitsky, Feldman, CPA
Living Luxe
The Printing House
The Printing and Promotion Group