Since 1993, Carmen’s Group has hosted presidents, prime ministers, movie stars and musicians. These celebrity galas have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for organizations such as Good Shepherd, Juravinski Hospital, Empower Global and the Canadian Diabetes Association.
In November 1993, Carmen’s hosted President of the United States George H.W. Bush where he captivated a crowd of 1000. The gala raised $100,000 for St. Joseph’s Hospital.
Academy Award Winner Sophia Loren hosted a fashion show with 1600 guests on November 1, 1999. At the event Philanthropist Morgan Firestone announced a $1 million donation to the Firestone Chest and Allergy Unit at St. Joseph’s Hospital.
The 42nd President of the United States, Bill Clinton, made Carmen’s the location of his first Canadian visit after his term in office. The fundraiser for St. Joseph’s Hospital on May 3, 2001 raised $150,000. Fun Fact: President Clinton took individual pictures with every chef and steward in the kitchen.
On October 20th, 2004, at the height of their popularity, three cast members of the The Sopranos brought their brand of entertainment to Hamilton, attracting guests from as far as Montreal and New York. The benefit dinner in honour of Emilio Grimaldi raised $75,000 for the Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre.
Academy Award Winner Michael Douglas hosted the gala event recognizing the opening of the Red Hill Valley Parkway and the inaugural Road2Hope Marathon. The benefit raised $100,000 for City Kidz and Joy and Hope of Haiti.
Academy Award Winner Al Pacino brought his Pacino: One Night Only production to Carmen’s on November 22nd, 2010. The star of The Godfather and Scarface helped to raise $150,000 for Good Shepherd and Empower Global.
Hamilton welcomed the iconic classic rock band Chicago for the first time since 1971. Playing their hits like ``Saturday in the Park``, ``If You Leave Me Now`` and ``You’re the Inspiration``, the January 30, 2012 concert raised $60,000 for The Good Shepherd.
The star of Rocky and Rambo captivated a crowd of 900 at the February 23, 2012 fundraiser for the Canadian Diabetes Association, raising $100,000. Fun Fact: In the crowd at the star-studded affair were NHL Hall of Famer Doug Gilmour, Shark Tank business guru Robert Herjavec, and ET Canada host Rick Campanelli.
Breast cancer survivor and Grammy Award winner Olivia Newton-John entertained the crowd and shared her motivational message at the Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre gala. The event raised $65,000 for the new Breast Assessment Centre for cancer treatment.
At the age of 87, Crooner and Jazz Icon Tony Bennett came back to Hamilton for the first time in 40 years. The legendary performer impressed the crowd with his timeless renditions of ``I Left My Heart in San Francisco`` and ``Smile``, and helping to raise $50,000 for the Canadian Diabetes Association.