We’re getting closer to the holiday season and for me, the act of giving becomes top-of-mind. But over the last few months I’ve seen that for many donors, giving is a year-round trend.
Osler is always improving. Whether it’s updating our patient care spaces through our ambitious redevelopment program or upgrading our equipment to help us provide more innovative patient care, it means that at Osler – anytime is the perfect time to give.
This summer was a perfect example of year-round giving as generous supporters raised more than $1.1 million for Osler Foundation through a number of exciting events. Thanks to the $15 Million Matching Challenge every dollar raised has been matched, doubling the impact of each gift:
- Rain didn’t stop the fun at the Osler Open: Brampton Invitational as golfers hit the links to raise a record-breaking $672,000 for the new Peel Memorial.
- Our sold-out Osler Open: Etobicoke Invitational scored a ‘hole in one’ by raising an outstanding $234,000 for redevelopment efforts while our newest event, Walk ‘n’ Roll for Healthy Kids, raised $68,000 for Etobicoke General’s women’s and children’s program.
- Car enthusiasts revved their engines at the famous Canadian Tire Mosport Park in the Unforgettable Drive event to raise $190,000 for redevelopment projects at Etobicoke General.
- Long-time Osler Foundation supporter Woodbine Entertainment Group announced a five-year $100,000 pledge to help build and equip the new emergency department at Etobicoke General.
Amid the excitement we learned of the passing of Ralf Jarchow, a true champion for Peel Memorial, who was killed in a traffic accident while completing an 11-day cycling quest to raise funds for the hospital. We send our deepest condolences to his family and are extremely touched by the continued support of his family, friends and colleagues as they rallied to exceed his fundraising goal.
Generosity comes in many forms. I recently blogged about the generous $1 million pledge from our Employee Giving Committee to support redevelopment at Osler’s three hospital sites over the next five years. We made significant progress by raising 80 per cent of our $200,000 target during our annual Employee Giving Campaign.
We’ve also had a year of unprecedented physician support that included a new $100,000 pledge from the EGH Professional Staff Association. The tremendous commitment that staff and physicians have for Osler is truly a wonderful thing to see!
And thanks to the $15 Million Matching Challenge, we’re looking to smash all previous records for our annual benefit concert One Night. Two Shows. Three Hospitals. This year’s star-studded lineup features Blue Rodeo and Natalie MacMaster. It’s one of the events I look forward to the most each year – I hope you will join us for a memorable night!
With all of these amazing events, Osler Foundation is getting closer to completing its $100 million capital campaign but we still have a long way to go until we reach our final goal. We’re looking forward to the many events that are still to come!