Celine's Commitment to Charity

Celine is committed to many good causes. She is the National Celebrity Patron for Cystic Fibrosis Canada and has also established the Celine Dion Foundation.

The Celine Dion Foundation

The Celine Dion Foundation is a non-profit organization that supports various charitable organizations and medical foundations, with a focus on helping sick or underprivileged children. Staff workers are voluntary, therefore 100% of the monies received are appropriated to charity.

Celine pour les enfants



In August 2011 the second ‘Céline pour les enfants’ fundraising event was held at Le Mirage Golf Club in Quebec, Canada. This event, organized for the benefit of The Celine Dion Foundation was attended by Celine and René, as well as several other celebrities such as Pierre Dion, President of the TVA Group, and famous lyricist Luc Plamondon. Part of the money raised came from ticket sales to the event, which generated thousands of dollars. The generous participants enjoyed a great day of golf, a gourmet dinner followed by a Celine concert, with Véronic DiCaire as the opening act. An auction was also held during the evening. The 10 exceptional items that went up for bid included tickets for Celine’s Las Vegas show, an evening dinner with chef Mario for 16 people in Celine and René’s private room at Le Mirage Golf Club, a canvas by Canadian painter Corno and a round of golf with René followed by a gourmet dinner at Celine and René’s residence in Florida. The event raised three million dollars for The Celine Dion Foundation, a goal set by Celine.

Ultimate Fan Experience 2009
In 2009, the Celine Dion Foundation auctioned off the Ultimate Fan Experience.  Jeffrey and Andrea Bennett were the generous winners of this once-in-a-lifetime ‘Taking Chances World Tour’ concert experience, contributing an incredible $17,500 to the Celine Dion Foundation. Their premium package included VIP ticket’s to Celine’s show in San Jose, California a meet ‘n greet with Celine, a tour of the backstage area and dressing rooms as well as attending the dance rehearsal with a mini dance lesson!  The Bennetts also enjoyed access to Celine's soundcheck, dinner with the dancers and crew, and a tour merchandise gift bag before attending the February 20th concert. Thanks to their generous support, the Celine Dion Foundation can continue to help children and families in need.

Cystic Fibrosis Canada

The article below details Celine's involvement with the Cystic Fibrosis Canada (CFC), and appears courtesy of CFC.

Celine Dion began promoting public awareness of cystic fibrosis back in 1982. Since those early days of her career, Celine's commitment to the CF cause has remained a constant part of her life.

That commitment is marked by real life tragedy. Celine was in the room when her niece, Karine, succumbed to the disease at the age of 16.

Celine began supporting the CF cause at the regional level by collaborating with the Cystic Fibrosis Quebec (CFQ) - the Foundation's provincial arm in Quebec. She helped spread the CF message by participating in media interviews, CFQ public service campaigns and fundraising activities. In August of 1993, Celine strengthened her commitment by graciously accepting the Foundation's invitation to be its national Celebrity Patron. As part of her increased involvement, Celine participated in the Foundation's Canada-wide public awareness campaign, from 1994 to 1997. The central message of this campaign - featuring Celine and Chanelle Lemieux Lecavalier, a child with CF from Hull, PQ - was one of both hope and urgency. Hope, that a cure or an effective control for cystic fibrosis will be found. Urgency, for continued public support is required to realize this goal.

In addition to promoting public awareness of the CF cause, Celine generates significant revenues for cystic fibrosis research and treatment from Canadian and international sources, and has generously donated to the Foundation her appearance fees from several concerts and guest appearances. In 1996, Celine helped the Foundation to secure an important new sponsorship with Royal Airlines.

There is no doubt that Celine's immense popularity, both in Canada and internationally, will continue to benefit the CF cause. As her songs reach a wider audience all over the world, she is now in a position to appeal to the generosity of a greater number of people. Each year and each step of her involvement have brought us closer to victory against cystic fibrosis.

Highlights of Celine's Volunteer Support

MISSING
Almost four years ago, a young girl named Cédrika Provencher disappeared from Trois-Rivières, a small town in Quebec. She was 9 years old. She was a social and talkative girl, always friendly toward others. She left her home for a bike ride and was supposed to return by 8:30pm.
Over the past two years, hundreds of volunteers and police officers, helped by search dogs, have given their time and their hearts in an effort to find her. The leads found by police have proven to be unclear. Today, men and women are showing their support for the safety and love of children by joining forces in the search, in order to help the family shed light on this mystery.
Her parents remain hopeful. They believe and hope that maybe Cédrika is being held somewhere, unable to speak or free herself.
Please be vigilant. Please help us find Cédrika. If you have any information at all, even the smallest suspicion, do not hesitate to contact your local authorities.
It is for Cédrika's life...
Thank you.
Celine
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Fondation de l’Hôpital Sainte-Justine

In December 2002, Celine Dion and René Angélil accepted their new role as spokespersons of the Growing Up Healthy campaign of the Fondation de l’Hôpital Sainte-Justine, a hospital specialized in the treatment of sick children in Montreal, Quebec. They visited with sick children at the hospital and Celine recorded a TV commercial to bring attention to this cause. As part of their mandate, Celine and René helped raise $125 million dollars in donations from the public for the hospital’s development plan.

In December 2012, Celine and René renewed their commitment by supporting the Healing More Better campaign which is the hospitals biggest campaign to date. As honorary lifetime patrons of the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation, they are helping to spread a message of hope and inviting the public to join together to support the largest mother-child centre in Canada to raise a total of $150 million by 2018.

The Sainte-Justine Hospital’s mission includes care, research and teaching, with a firm commitment towards children and mothers.

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Celine and Rene are Thinking Pink in Support of Breast Cancer Research!

Céline and René

Celine and Rene are seen here sporting 2005's specially designed shirts in support of breast cancer research, education and awareness. The women's and men's pink polo shirts which featured the pink breast cancer ribbon were created by Canadian designer, Simon Chang. 100% of the profits for the sale of these t-shirts were donated to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation. Celine supports this cause and encourages you to Think Pink.

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Faces of Hope 2008

In 2008, Celine took part in the special humanitarian project "Faces of Hope," which involved a photo shoot with twelve child survivors from nine countries around the world. Four fundraising items were created from this photo shoot and are available for purchase: a book about the miracle children, a 2009 family calendar and two different series of greeting cards. All proceeds from these items will be donated to the Sainte-Justine Hospital in Montreal, the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto as well as UNICEF. Click here for more information and to purchase any of these very special items.

 

Celine and her niece Karine

Céline and her niece Karine

René, Céline, Amanda and Kevin - 1997

René, Céline, Amanda and Kevin - 1997

Céline with Chanelle

Céline with Chanelle

Céline, Chloé, Véronique - 1998 - Photo: Pierre Guzzo

Céline, Chloé, Véronique - 1998
Photo: Pierre Guzzo