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Media Release: Take Off Eh! Raises $325,000 for Jake Thomas and Spinal Cord Injury Ontario

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Dave Thomas and The Second City are pleased to announce that TAKE OFF, EH!, which took place Tuesday, July 17 on The Second City Toronto's Mainstage, raised over $325,000 to benefit 'Jake Thomas's Road to Recovery' and Spinal Cord Injury Ontario.

Dave Thomas, Jake Thomas and Ian Thomas

Photo: Dave Thomas, Jake Thomas and Ian Thomas
Photo by George Pimentel/GettyImages Media Release (07/19/2017) Toronto, ON - TAKE OFF, EH! was a star-studded intimate evening with performances by Canadian legends including: Bob and Doug McKenzie's "Great White North" reunion with Dave Thomas and Rick Moranis riffing on craft beer, political correctness, and inventing rap on their first album; Martin Short hosting with classic characters like Ed Grimley and a signature one-on-one interview with Jiminy Glick and Rick Mercer one upping each other; auctioneering and blues from Dan Aykroyd; Catherine O'Hara & Eugene Levy reprising their Bobby Bittman and Lola Heatherton characters in a memorable duet with a medley from the Canadian songbook; The Kids in the Hall's Dave Foley, Kevin McDonald and Scott Thompson; Women Fully Clothed's Robin Duke and Katherine Greenwood; and Special Guest Musical Performances from Paul Shaffer, Ian Thomas, Murray McLauchlan and surprise musical guest Geddy Lee who led a rousing rendition of Take Off.

Donations can still be made to 'Jake Thomas's Road to Recovery' and Spinal Cord Injury Ontario now at and

On January 7, 2017, Jake Thomas, nephew of SCTV's Dave Thomas, sustained a complete spinal cord injury while snowmobiling, which has left this active community member from Muskoka Region paralyzed from the waist down.

Dr. Stuart Howe, CEO for the charity Spinal Cord Injury Ontario said: "Every day in Ontario, more than one person sustains a spinal cord injury. It is an injury that happens in an instant and can last a lifetime. At Spinal Cord Injury Ontario, we are beside people as they begin the difficult task of re-building their life after injury, offering support, resources and information. This evening was absolutely incredible. As a charity, we rely on donations to continue our life-changing work. This event, and the money raised by it, means the world to everyone in our community and I'd like to extend my heartfelt thanks to the Thomas family, all the celebrities, The Second City and everyone who has made this happen."

Photos from TAKE OFF, EH! are available for download here:

About The Second City: The Second City, a 100% Canadian-owned company, is the world's premier improv and sketch comedy theatre company, with resident stages in Toronto and Chicago, Training Centres in Toronto, Chicago and Los Angeles, as well as touring companies performing throughout the world. • @SecondCityTO •

Media Contact: Damien Nelson, FLIP PUBLICITY, 416.533.7710


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