MONTREAL – The Grand Prix F1 du Canada is pleased to announce the return of its inaugural gala “The Grand Evening” on Thursday, June 6th. This social event will bring together Formula 1 team executives and drivers as well as the city’s business community, and will once again take place at the “Arsenal” Contemporary Art Gallery. All proceeds will go to the Fondation de l’Hôpital du Sacré-Cœur de Montréal and the Canadian Olympic Foundation. Bernard Ecclestone, President and CEO of the Formula One Group has agreed once more to act as Honorary Co-Chair. He will share this responsibility with Marcel Aubut, senior partner at the Heenan Blaikie LLP and President of the Canadian Olympic Committee and Chair of the Canadian Olympic Foundation.

“Over the last three years, we have been pleased with the success of our ‘Grand Evening’ event, with the support received from the Montreal business community and with the co-operation of the Formula 1 teams”, said François Dumontier, President and CEO of Octane Racing Group and President of the Grand Prix F1 du Canada. “With great pride, we remain committed to our goal of launching the weekend by bringing together the star drivers and team principals of Formula 1 and our business community to the benefit of local charities. Taking advantage of the presence of this country’s largest sporting event, also an important contributor to our economy, ‘The Grand Evening’ has acquired a prominent place in the Montreal calendar of great charity balls.”

“It took only three years to solidify a great initiative and establish one of the most pleasant traditions at the Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada”, said Mr. Bernard Ecclestone, President and CEO of Formula One Group and Honorary Co-Chair. “I am honored to once again invite the Formula 1 family and the Montreal business community to come together at this unique event.”

“It is such a privilege to be named co-chair for the official opening of the premier annual sporting event in Quebec and in all of Canada,” said Marcel Aubut, Canadian Olympic Committee President and Chair of the Canadian Olympic Foundation. “My sincere thanks to the many passionate individuals and sponsors who are working tirelessly to make this an evening to remember and to help ensure that athletes, coaches and high performance sport in Canada receive the support that they deserve.”

“It is incredible to see the sport and business communities coming together like this in support of Canada’s Olympic family,” said Vancouver 2010 Gold Medallist, Alexandre Bilodeau. “Whether you are an athlete preparing for Sochi next year or looking ahead to Rio 2016, it is pretty motivating to know that part of the proceeds of this incredible event is going to support Olympic dreams and help athletes reach the podium.”

‘’We are proud that our Foundation has been chosen as one of the beneficiaries of the « Grand Evening’’. The amount collected will help improve trauma care at our institution, explained the Head of the Department of Surgery and of the Tertiary Trauma Program at the Montréal Sacré-Cœur Hospital, Doctor Ronald Denis.  The Montréal Sacré-Cœur Hospital treats injured and wounded residents of the Island of Montréal and several Western Québec regions. As track hospital for many years at the Grand Prix F1 du Canada, the members of the trauma team are responsible of the medical interventions for this major sport event.”

“The Grand Evening”, organized in Montreal by Octane Racing Group Inc. and produced in its entirety by local craftsmen, has brought together nearly a thousand guests, including drivers and executives from the Formula 1 World Championship teams. In the past three years, world champions Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton, Michael Schumacher, Sebastian Vettel and Jacques Villeneuve honored guests with their presence. Since 2010, Timo Glock, Nick Heidfeld, Felipe Massa, Nico Rosberg, Jarno Trulli, Jean-Eric Vergne, Mark Webber and other Formula 1 aces have also been seen at the event.

“The Grand Evening” presented in co-operation with Mercedes-Benz Canada, is an official activity of the 2013 F1 Grand Prix du Canada. Tickets for the cocktail at 6 pm, dinner at 7:30 pm and evening are now priced at $1,000 individually. Tables of ten are offered at $10,000. For more information, please visit or contact the F1 Grand Prix du Canada administration at 514 350-4731.

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