Sons of Italy Gala - 2023
Presented by RBC, this acclaimed event not only demonstrates the philanthropic spirit of Sons of Italy, but also the caring and giving that Winnipeggers, their businesses and leaders are known for.
The 2023 Gala is in support of Women's Heart Health at the St. Boniface Hospital Foundation.
Attendees will enjoy a welcoming reception, an outstanding five course dinner, fine wines, engaging (and short) presentations, an amazing keynote address and wonderful music that has the dance floor full.
The 2023 SDOI Gala is generously presented by:
In Support of Women's Heart Health Research
The 35th Annual Sons and Daughters of Italy Gala is in support of Women’s Heart Health Research at the St. Boniface Hospital. Heart disease is the number one killer of women worldwide and it affects women of all ages. Women are just as likely as men to experience a stroke or heart attack; only their risk factors differ.
Pre-menopausal women who have heart attacks experience worse outcomes than men of a similar age. Post-menopause, women are more likely than men to experience certain kinds of heart failure, are more dramatically affected and are more likely to die. There is an immediate need to bridge the knowledge gap which informs the current approach to diagnosis and treatment of women with cardiovascular disease compared to men.
Currently, Manitoba is the only province in Canada without a dedicated Women’s Heart Health program. The long-term goal of this program is to better understand the sex and gender-specific differences in cardiovascular disease outcomes, address the needs of Indigenous and other under-represented women and establish a dedicated women’s heart health clinic serving Manitoba women.
RBC and Sons & Daughters of Italy, with the support of our Gala Sponsors, will provide crucial salary and research funding, enabling the recruitment and retention of brilliant researchers who will carry this work forward.