See you on November 12, 2023, at Toronto’s iconic Brick Works.

Brunch—and so much more

Jeanne Beker
I was wide awake during my brain surgery for Parkinson's. Here's how it changed my life. Harry Forestell

Silent Auction: From a culinary trip to Tuscany to a squishy pink dragon, there’s something for everyone.

A show of support for Parkinson’s research

This year’s Porridge for Parkinson’s, held November 12 at the Brick Works, is a fundraising event and so much more. The first Toronto Porridge for Parkinson’s breakfast was held in the fall of 2007, and since then, it has become an anticipated event that brings friends and families together over a brunch prepared and served by top chefs.

Despite the pandemic, the need for Parkinson’s research continued, and undaunted, we designed two unique brunch variations and shared many happy moments and encouraging notes during a time when it was more important than ever to create a sense of occasion while respecting distancing guidelines. In 2022, we created a brunch pantry package, which turned out to be a hot item—committee members personally delivered over 100 packages across the GTA. For 2020, we set up four different menus, delivered directly to over 200 homes every Sunday in November.

We are excited to return to an in-person gathering featuring a gourmet brunch and special guest speakers. We also mark the return of the Porridge for Parkinson’s silent auction, which is always great fun and a great fundraiser. We have outdone ourselves with over 80 items available for bidding. From a culinary trip to Tuscany to a squishy pink dragon, there’s something for everyone.

However, getting together as a show of support for Parkinson’s research is the most important thing of all. Online tickets are available until November 10; after that, please visit us at our welcome desk at the Brick Works on Sunday, November 12 at 11 a.m. to purchase tickets.

To date, Porridge for Parkinson’s Toronto has raised over $1.1 million in net proceeds, thanks to a dedicated organizing committee, innovative brunch partners, generous sponsors and donors, and a consistently strong volunteer contribution. The proceeds from Porridge for Parkinson’s are directed to the Edmond J. Safra Program in Parkinson’s Disease at Krembil Brain Institute, Toronto Western Hospital, UHN. Led by Dr Anthony Lang, the program continues to be one of the world’s most influential centres in research, education, and patient care for Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders.

We are pleased to be supported by the UHN Foundation, a registered Canadian charitable organization (number: 12386 4068 RR0001), which handles all Porridge for Parkinson’s donations and ensures that your contribution goes directly to helping Dr Lang and his team continue their great work.

2023 Organizing Committee

Peggy Ahearn

Adrienne Anderson

Julie Bordignon

Marylou Caden

Arna Cappe

Jennifer Cerny

Natalie Evans

Melissa Florence

Debi Perna

Sharon Rattner

Shelli Schwartz

Beth Sulman

Ira Trocme

Deb Voorheis

Joanne Yolles