The 17th edition of Open Minds, the signature event of the Douglas Institute Foundation, was held on Wednesday, February 21st at the Théâtre Paradoxe, under the theme “Smash the Stigma”.
More than 400 guests responded to the invitation launched by the evening’s Honorary President, Mr. Andy Nulman, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Play the Future, and co-founder of the Just for Laughs Festival. Thanks to the help from numerous partner organizations, and generous donors, more than $412,000.00 net was raised to support the various mental health research programs.
Andy Nulman had a great time by surprising guests with high-sounding animations symbolizing the destruction of taboos. Among the animations, one should note the fine performance of the Green Phantom, a science professor during daytime, and a wrestler against the stigmatisation of mental health at night. Two artists, Jono Doiron, and Laurence Vallières, respectively offered a painting, and a piñata in the shape of a skull, both to be destroyed. Amusingly, Mitch Garber (Honorary President of the 2017 edition) was among guests, and purchased the right to destroy the piñata with a baseball bat. Participants were also invited to destroy the taboos at the different kiosks displayed in the room.
During the evening, DJ Gilles Caplan kept the guests on the dance floor, as they also feasted on delicious dishes prepared by Beatrice Catering.
Mrs. Marisa Giannetti, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Douglas Institute Foundation, emphasized the generosity and efforts undertaken by Andy Nulman as well as those of the event’s co-chairs: Mrs. Helen Beck, and Mrs. Maude Leblond who motivated the business community around this very important cause.