In support of Sinai Health's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

September 18, 2022


Gather your friends and family for an at-home picnic experience as we go backTObrunch.

backTObrunch brings families and friends across the GTA together for a memorable picnic experience. Enjoy a delicious curated picnic box in the comfort of your own backyard. Enhance your meal by adding one of our many activities such as a children’s music class, a backyard photography session or a boozy brunch package. Treat yourself while supporting Sinai Health’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

Join us for brunch on September 18, 2022


Founder Rebecca Risen has delivered two babies at Mount Sinai Hospital, both times experiencing unexpected complications. Thanks to the Sinai Health teams, technology and treatments, both Mom and babies ended up with optimal outcomes. backTObrunch was born out of an effort to express the Risens’ gratitude and to ensure Sinai Health continues providing world-class care to all its moms and babies.

Mother and baby

backTObrunch is supporting a vision to transform care for Sinai Health’s tiniest and most fragile patients. Mount Sinai Hospital is home to Canada’s largest and most advanced neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Sinai Health has a vision to redevelop a portion of our NICU to become a Neuro Critical Care Unit (NCCU). Some infants are born so premature or with such severe illness they suffer complications leading to lifelong disabilities. With the development of the NCCU, experts will advance their ability to tailor therapies to preserve and promote early recovery of brain function. Funds raised through backTObrunch will go directly to supporting purchases of cutting-edge technology and monitoring systems to help medical teams provide the best possible therapies to optimize the potential of these tiny infants. Did you know:

  • Mount Sinai Hospital delivers over 7,000 babies per year, including over 250 who are under 29-weeks gestation
  • More than 2/3 of pregnancies cared for at Mount Sinai Hospital are deemed high-risk
  • 90% of babies born at 26 weeks will now survive, with Sinai’s aim to help them grow up healthy
  • Sinai’s NICU sees over 1,100 patients per year, with an average stay of 14 nights

How to participate

Order for brunch boxes coming soon

Donations to support Sinai Health’s Frances Blooomberg Centre for Women’s & Infants’ Health are always welcome.

No brunch? No problem. Click here to make a tax-deductible donation.

From the kitchen of

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Supporting partners

Committee & Contact

Rebecca Risen (Founder & Co-Chair)

Zack Belzberg (Co-Chair)

Alanna Handelman

Alexandra Shelley

Alison Segal

Ashley Duffey

Carly Bardikoff

Daniel Steinberg

Demi Abrams

Eden Kirshenblatt

Genna Schnurbach

Hannah Lerner

Jon Schwartz

Jesse Abrams

Kyle Lichtman

Max Risen

Ray Abramson

Robert Disenhouse

Samara Walman

Shira Bornstein

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