By: Stephanie Lopraino
What better way to kick off Labor Day weekend than celebrating the 3rd annual P.K. Subban Foundation Gala. This past week, P.K. Subban returned to Montreal for his Foundation’s annual Gala which was hosted in Montreal’s Old Port on August 30th, a cause very near and dear to him.
Traded to the Nashville Predators two years ago, which broke the hearts of many Montrealers; he vowed to keep one of his promises made here. Although he never got the opportunity to bring back the Stanley cup as we all hoped, Subban continues to be a part of the Montreal community with his Foundation. The P.K. Subban Foundation is 30% of the way towards his philanthropic goal of raising 10 million dollars for the Montreal’s Children’s Hospital. The ultimate goal is “helping the lives of others, one child at a time”. Subban reveals that “giving back is contagious”, especially when you’re having fun. Each year hundreds of people join the PKSF Gala in support.
This year P.K’s Playground Gala embodied the theme of “Caribbean Carnival”. An epic party surrounded by tropical décor, carnival dancers, fantastic food and delicious drinks. At the cost of approximately $1,000 per ticket, 350 people were in attendance. Subban was joined by his family and a slew of special guests including, UFC Champion- Georges St-Pierre, “First Lady” of the Canadiens- Élise Couture-Béliveau and the host for the evening was Canadian rapper- Kardinal Offishall. A whopping amount of 3 million dollars has been raised so far supporting innovative research, teaching and highly specialized care at the Montreal’s Children’s Hospital.
We can’t wait for next year’s P.K’s Playground Gala, “The Future Edition”. Subban won’t stop there. Along with the annual Gala, proceeds also come from Subban’s specialized hockey camp- The Subban Defence League which helps young hockey players become “difference makers” just like him. It’s true when they say “not every victory shows up on the scoreboard”.
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Photo credit via instagram: @cepstudio – Christina Esteban Photography