The Organ Project (@theorganproject) announced today it has sold out its Inaugural Gala taking place in Toronto at The Fairmont Royal York on March 31, 2017. The Gala will bring attention to the organ transplant waitlist problem that currently exists throughout Canada and the United States.

“I am overwhelmed by the support for The Organ Project. It’s wonderful that so many people across Canada and the United States want to join me in eliminating the waitlist,” said Founder and Chairman Eugene Melnyk (@MelnykEugene). “This is truly a solvable problem. It’s about education, registration, and donation. It only takes 2 minutes to register and that could be the difference in saving someone’s life.”

The Gala will feature a 5-star program including 7-time Grammy Award Winner Carrie Underwood. In addition to the entertainment, there will be a live auction that will include luxurious vacations, retreats, and elite sporting packages. The program will also include guest speakers from the transplant community and The Organ Project will debut three television commercials aimed at building greater awareness and action to support organ donation.

After experiencing the waitlist himself and having a successful transplant, Eugene Melnyk decided to start his own foundation in July of 2016 that would help those in desperate need of an organ transplant. The mission of The Organ Project is simple: To end the waitlist and increase awareness about organ donation. There will be several campaigns in the near future that will target increasing awareness through television, radio and social media.

The Organ Project will look to partner with agencies throughout the transplant community and different levels of government to help increase overall registration. Through the foundation’s website –, you can find additional information about the Gala and links to provincial and state organ donor registries.

The Organ Project would like to thank the commitment and generosity of the sponsors of the Gala including: Achiever Ventures Inc., the Calgary Flames, the Calgary Flames Foundation, Canadian Tire, Casino Rama, Cassels Brock Lawyers, Clean Fragrance, Don & Fay Simmonds, the Friedberg Mercantile Group, The Globe and Mail, Gowling WLF, MakeYouThink, Mattamy Homes, Molson Coors, the National Hockey League, Pat and Jennifer DiCapo, PCL Constructors Canada Inc, Rogers Communications and Sitrick&Co.

If you have questions about The Organ Project Gala, please email for more information.

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