Montreal, September 23, 2010 – On September 23th more than 600 guests gathered in the Salle des pas perdus of Windsor Station to express their esteem, respect and friendship for Lino Saputo, Chairman of the board of Saputo. The Tribute Evening to Lino Saputo was organised to honour his outstanding contribution to Portage and to the business community and well-being of our society.
The glittering event took place in the presence of Minister of Finance and Minister of Revenue of Québec Raymond Bachand and Montreal Mayor Gérald Tremblay under the honorary chairmanship of André Bérard, Corporate Director, and benefited from generous sponsors. Portage would like to thank its GOLD sponsors, National Bank Financial Group, Bombardier, Gestion Transforce, Groupe Canam, Groupe Petra, Power Corporation of Canada, La Presse, Famille Bourgie and Transcontinental and the SILVER sponsors, Brault & Martineau, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg, Antonina & Isidoro Russo family, Elina & Giuseppe Borsellino family, Maria & Giuseppe Monticciolo family, Francesco & Lia Saputo and Children Trust, Gianni (John) & Gloria Saputo, Desjardins Group, Stikeman Elliott, Samcon and Uniprix. As a result of the participation and contributions of companies and individuals who support Portage’s humanitarian mission, a cheque in the amount of $600,000 was presented to Portage.
Since 1970 Portage has treated over 34,000 substance abusers and their families with an outstanding record of success. Portage provides help for some of the most vulnerable members of the community: young people, the mentally ill chemical abusers, substance-abusing mothers and their children and pregnant addicts. Portage graduates can benefit from the services offered by the MIRE program (Movement for Integration and Retention in Employment) created in association with Fondation Lucie et André Chagnon.
Portage operates seven drug addiction treatment centres across Québec: in Montréal, Beaconsfield, Québec City, Prévost (the Laurentians) and Saint-Malachie (Chaudière-Appalaches). Two other centres serve Ontario and Atlantic Canada.