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June 1, 2018 | Back to the list | News

The 5th edition of the Soirée enCirquez vous

The 5th edition of the Soirée enCirquez vous:
nearly $ 70,000 for the MAIH !

Montreal, June 8, 2018 – The Montreal Association for the Intellectually Handicapped (MAIH) is proud to announce the results of the 5th edition of the enCirquez-vous gala ! animated for the 3rd year by our dear master of ceremonies, the actor and author Daniel Brière, to whom we say a special thank you. This colorful evening took place on Thursday, May 31st at the TOHU.

The guests were able to enjoy an exceptional show, Barok XXI, presented by the graduates of the National Circus School which we are pleased to encourage year after year. They are part of the success of the event. Thanks to sponsors, generous donors, participants and our partners, we raised nearly $ 70,000 for this evening.

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“The enCirquez-vous gala is improving each year and I am delighted that we have once again, managed to achieve our goals. The profits raised will be dedicated among other things to the Opening Doors to Montreal and What’s happening in Montreal, which give our members a great access to Montreal culture with the opportunity to develop valuable friendships” said Patricia Tonelli, Chair of the Board of the MAIH. “This gala allows us to raise the awareness of participants to intellectual disability and the moving testimony of Guillaume Labelle, a member of MAIH, truly confirmed this. Every year, new people are participating in the gala and they become ambassadors of the intellectual disability themselves by talking about the cause in their surroundings” she added.

The MAIH would like to thank the Sandra + Alain Bouchard Foundation for their support, as well as the sponsors of the gala FaskenDentonsTD BankBMR and BLG and the suppliers of the gala: the wines TrialtoRobert Alexis cateringProductions Têtes d’Affiche and our valued sponsors Brouhaha Pub (which offers excellent craft beer) for 3 years now), Noir Chocolat and FTQ.

Thanks also to all the companies and artists who have generously agreed to offer prizes for the draw and the auction, such as Jean-Daniel RohrerBalnea Spa + Thermal ReserveGaldermaDenis Bussière and Maison Ishi.

Finally we warmly thank our volunteers who gave their time for this evening making it even more beautiful.

Founded in 1935, the MAIH promotes the social participation of adults with intellectual disabilities and provides support services to families. Serving nearly 700 members, its self-help, family support and awareness projects are diverse: family camps, training workshops, trips, family outings, and more.



The 4th edition of the enCirquez-vous! Gala, a fundraising evening for the Montréal Association for the Intellectually Handicapped, was held on Thursday, May 25th 2017, at the TOHU.Thanks to this event, 60 000 $ was raised for the MAIH.




The third edition of the enCirquez-vous! Gala, a fundraising evening for the Montréal Association for the Intellectually Handicapped, was held  on June 2nd, 2016 at the TOHU.



The second edition of the enCirquez-vous! Gala, a fundraising evening for the Montréal Association for the Intellectually Handicapped, was held  on June 4th, 2015 at the TOHU.



The 1st edition of the new MAIH fundraiser, the enCirquez-vous! Gala, was held on May 23rd at the TOHU performance space. Nearly 150 members and friends turned out to support the MAIHat a lively cocktail party that featured the performance of the Cirque Fantastic Concept and a silent auction.

This new fundraising event collected a total of $3 500 of net profit for the benefit of the MAIH.

The Montréal Foundation for the Intellectually Handicapped (MFIH) chose this occasion to award a grant of $5,000 to the innovative housing project for independent living « Utopie Créatrice », founded by three parent members of the MAIH, who have developed a viable housing solution for families with a child with an intellectual disability.

Special thanks to all our partners and sponsor. We extend our sincere thanks to all who attended and made the first edition of the Gala so successful that a 2nd edtion will definitely be held next year. See you at the enCirquez-vous! Gala in 2015!

For further information: Nathalie Goudreau at

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