Jennifer's Hope Gala 2015

It was a scene of reflection and coming together for the Capretta Family who hosted their second Jennifer’s Hope Gala held on October 23rd at Terrance Banquet Centre on 1680 Creditstone Road in Vaughan. The event was in memory for their daughter/sister, Jennifer Capretta who passed away at the young age of 28 on June 19, 2008 from a brain tumour. Radio and TV personality, Elvira Caria was the emcee for the evening, and guided the guests through awareness and a memorial. The event was put together to support the Sunnybrook Hospital Foundation as Jennifer fought her battle there. All of the money raised throughout the night will be used for brain tumour treatment research. To learn more about Jennifer’s story and the Jennifer’s Hope campaign, please visit www.jennifershope.ca.

Jennifer's Hope Gala 2013

To celebrate the life of their wonderful daughter, the Capretta family hosted the first ever Jennifer’s Hope Gala on November 15th. The gala was held at The Terrace Banquet Hall in Vaughan. The generosity shown by each of the guests in attendance was rewarded with a full sit down dinner, open deluxe bar, special guest speakers, and tons of entertainment including a live band and DJ. The emcee for the night was radio and television personality, Elvira Caria. There were a lot of other fun activities for guests to participate in like the silent auction. All proceeds for this year’s fundraising event will be going to the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada. Jennifer Capretta lost the battle with a malignant brain tumour called a glioblastoma multiforme on June 19, 2008. Every year, a team of family and friends called “In Loving Memory of Jennifer” participate in the Brampton Brain Tumour Spring Sprint and Bowl for a Cure events to raise money and help find a cure. With events like this, Jennifer's memory, as well as the funds raised, can provide hope for families dealing with similar situations in the future.

9th Annual David Bloom Memorial Spring Sprint


The 9th Annual David Bloom Memorial Spring Sprint recently took place at Brampton's Professor's Lake. Following phenomenal events over the past eight years that have raised more than $1-million for brain tumor education, research and patient support, this was the best SPRINT so far.

SNAP caught up with a group of friends and family from Woodbridge who took part in the event in grand numbers in memory of a lovely young lady, Jennifer Capretta who passed away from this terrible disease last summer.

The Brampton Spring Sprint planning started back in the Fall of 2000, with the goal of raising $1-million in 10 years. In 2001, the inspiration for the event - David Bloom - passed away just a few days before the first Sprint after an 18-month battle with a cancerous brain tumor and the inaugural event was renames in his honour. The David Bloom Memorial Spring Sprint (DBMSS) and thanks to an array of support of the past 9 years the $1-million goal was surpassed last year, two years ahead of schedule! For more information you can visit: www.springsprint.com

June 2009                                                              Photos by SNAP Woodbridge

Bowl For A Cure


A local family has taken the pain they felt in losing a loved one to cancer to raise money to bring hope to families in similar situations. The Caprettas, in memory of Jennifer, took part in a recent bowling fundraiser called “Bowl for a Cure.” The family, since Jennifer’s death in June 2008, has taken part in the Spring Sprint in Brampton, another fundraiser that aids those with brain tumours. The fundraiser at Woodbridge Bowl served as another way to increase the funds raised for the Spring Sprint. Family, friends, and associates gathered for a great night of bowling for a great cause. Keeping the memory of someone taken far too soon very much alive in the hearts of those in attendance, the Caprettas new focus of providing help to others, serves as an inspiration to families in all communities.

May 2011                                                                  Photos by Valeria Mitsubata.