In 2008, the Grenon-LeMaitre family’s story of resilience inspired Lara and Rudy Pietrolungo to establish the Emma-Rose Fund. What started as an idea for a small fundraiser turned into a biennial gala event, raising awareness and funds for family of children with Mucopolysaccharide (MPS) diseases.

Lara Pietrolungo moved to North York, Ontario at the age of 12. As a mother of two, and with a background in nursing, she has an innate desire to educate and lend a hand to those in need – which explains her commitment to the Emma-Rose Fund. Today, Lara spends her career advising on programs that focus on improving global child health.

Rudy Pietrolungo grew up in Etobicoke, Ontario. His passion for the arts started at an early age and developed into a successful career in creative design and advertising. As the owner of BIGMUCH and as a devoted father of two, Rudy gives back bigheartedly through his work with the Emma-Rose Fund – his number one charity of choice.

Carole Grenon grew up in Lac Superior, Quebec knowing what she was going to be when she became older – a dedicated teacher. She is a natural educator who taught French immersion when she moved to Toronto.  Carole is a kind human being and a selfless mother who is currently teaching in Sherbrooke and taking care of Emma-Rose and Adele.

Jim Lemaitre is originally from Toronto. He is what most people describe as “the life of the party”. Jim started his teaching career in Mexico and then returned to Toronto to teach what he loved the most, physical education. Jim is a strong human being and a loving father. He is currently the Principal at an Elementary School in Quebec.


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Honour Roll

Gold Sponsor – Attwell Plastics

Gold Sponsor – BIGMUCH

Gold Sponsor – BioMarin

Gold Sponsor – European Elegance

Gold Sponsor – Pfaff Porsche

Gold Sponsor – Posh Special Event Stylings

Gold Sponsor – Sanofi Genzyme

Gold Sponsor – Shire

Gold Sponsor – Tic Toc Tours

Silver Sponsor – Haft2

Silver Sponsor – Lafarge

Bronze Sponsor – Bell, Temple Barristers & Solicitors

Bronze Sponsor – Medagh Industrial Recycling

Bronze Sponsor – Prochilo Brothers

Bronze Sponsor – Rocco Picheca Salon

Bronze Sponsor – TriBro Studios

Service Donor – Alpha Entertainment

Service Donor – Elemental View

Service Donor – Geek Oracle