Jonathan Tong and Simon Leith serve breakfast for sick children

Paul Waldie, The Globe and Mail | Friday, Oct. 16, 2015 4:24PM EDT


The donors: Jonathan Tong and Simon Leith

The gift: Raising $250,000 and climbing

The cause: Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children

Jonathan Tong and Simon Leith have been close friends since their high-school days in Toronto. Today, they are both lawyers and active in the non-profit sector.

A couple of years ago, Mr. Tong and Mr. Leith, both 31, decided to organize a fundraising event that would raise money for a worthy cause and help young professionals network. They came up with Breakfast of Champions, an annual event that has raised $250,000 in three years for Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children.

“It has snowballed,” said Mr. Leith, a lawyer at Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP in Toronto. “It’s pretty amazing the support we have received.”

This year’s breakfast, on Oct. 30, will feature Toronto Mayor John Tory and about 30 executives from a range of companies. Tickets cost $89.

Mr. Tong, a lawyer at Aird & Berlis LLP, said the event has two main objectives; to encourage young professionals to mix with senior executives and to get more young people involved with charities. And so far it’s working.