Clockwise from left: John Kapelos, Jon Cassar, Gary Rieck and Nigel Bennett

How It All Got Started.... The Charities
BTK Photos Thank You Letters


How It All Got Started....

The first charity auction, Bridging The Knight, was held in San Ramon, California January 17-19, 1997 for the fans of the syndicated television series Forever Knight and raised U.S. $48,000 for Casey House (an AIDS hospice) and the Canadian Diabetes Association. This event was sponsored by the various Forever Knight affiliated fan clubs and made possible by the generous donations from Nicolas Gray, producer for Forever Knight, and the show's actors and crew. Celebrities participating in this event were: Nigel Bennett, John Kapelos, Natsuko Ohama, Jon Cassar, Gary Rieck, Gillian Horvath, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro and P.N. 'Pat' Elrod. From this event, the participating actors, directors and writers joined together to form the Motion Picture Industry Charitable Alliance.


The Charities


Casey House opened its doors in March of 1988 to provide compassionate palliative care to people living with AIDS. In 1993, this mandate was broadened by the introduction of the Home Hospice Program - a community outreach service which provides 24-hour medical support care to people with AIDS who wish to remain in their own homes, or are awaiting a bed at Casey House. To date, more than 850 men and women have received care through Casey House programs, accounting for 21% of all reported AIDS-related deaths in Ontario.

Proceeds from Bridging The Knight went to support the Home Hospice Program, which provides a range of in-home services including nursing care, counseling, homemaking services, assistance with medication costs, 24-hour access to nursing support, and complementary therapies such as chiropractic, homeopathy and massage. The program also includes an educational component which trains health care professionals, family members and volunteers in palliative care for people living with AIDS--skills in which Casey House has gained worldwide recognition.

Casey House Foundation is the fund raising arm for Casey House programs. The ongoing need for fund raising is vital. The Home Hospice program, for example, is almost entirely funded through individual donations and special events like Bridging The Knight.

For more information on how you can help please contact:

Casey House Foundation
119 Isabella Street
Toronto, Ontario M4Y 1P2
Tel: 416-962-7600




The Canadian Diabetes Association is a national, independent, self-financing organization whose mission is to promote the health of Canadians through diabetes research, education, service and advocacy.

The Canadian Diabetes Association's mandate include funding leading Canadian researchers to help search for a cure for diabetes and determine better diabetes lifestyle management. The Association provides education to more than 60,000 Canadians who are newly diagnosed with diabetes each year and offers continuing education and lifestyle management information to those who live with the disease. The Canadian Diabetes Association owns and operates special summer camps for children with diabetes across Canada and helps ensure that people with this disease receive fair treatment free of discrimination.

The cost of diabetes to the Canadian economy is substantial, estimated at more than $3 billion health care dollars annually, fueling the national debt. This disease and its complications represent the second largest health care expense for Canadian taxpayers, next to the costs typically incurred from the last thirty days of a person's life.

In 1921, insulin was discovered in Canada by Drs. Banting and Best with the assistance of Drs. MacLeod and Collip. Although not a cure, the treatment has gone on to save countless lives in all countries.

For more information on how you can help please contact:

The Canadian Diabetes Association National Office
15 Toronto Street, Suite 800
Toronto, Ontario M5C 2E3
Tel: 416-363-3393


Thank You Letters

To view the thank you letters from Casey House and the Canadian Diabetes Association, click here.


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This page last updated April 13, 1999