Events that make a difference
Whether it was through one of Mackenzie Health Foundation’s four marquee signature events or hundreds of grassroots community fundraisers, thousands of people showed their support for our Exceptional Care Belongs Here campaign in 2018. With their help, we’re building and equipping the new Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital and enhancing care at Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital. Read on to learn more about their remarkable efforts.
Ride for Health keeps rolling with record donation.
There was some serious pedal power on display during the fourth annual Mackenzie Health Foundation’s Ride for Health presented by CIBC. This special event raised an incredible $311,000 – the most in its history. Thank you to everyone who took to the road on Sunday, June 3, 2018, for this great cause. Special mention must go to Carlo De Gasperis, who personally raised $95,000 alongside Team A-TACC, and to Olympians Eon D’Ornellas and Curt Harnett for sharing their inspiring real-life stories of success.
UniversalCare Strides for Stroke races to a new record.
Bigger and better. That's the only way to describe the 13th annual UniversalCare Strides for Stroke on Saturday, May 5, 2018. Nearly 1,300 people tackled the 5k course and raised more than $286,000 – a record amount for this event. Kudos and many thanks to the top fundraising team, UniversalCare Movers and Shakers, who raised more than $42,000, and to top individual fundraiser, Mario Masellis, who contributed $7,165.
Teeing off for 23 years – and counting – at the Proud Partners Classic.
Golf and generosity go hand in glove, it seems, because attendees at the Proud Partners Classic on Monday, June 11, 2018 raised a record $266,000. Maple Leafs legend Darryl Sittler even auctioned off 10 signed #27 jerseys for the cause.
A magical evening at Midnight Cirque gala presented by Rogers.
Aerialists. Stilt walkers. Fire blowers. Contortionists. The awe-inspiring sights to be seen at our Midnight Cirque gala on Saturday, November 3, 2018, were topped only by the money raised: an astounding $1.16 million to help build and equip the new Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital and enhance care at Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital.
Vietnamese Helping Hands Gala
Every year, Vietnamese Canadian Helping Hands brings together community members for a gala event in support of a single cause. On September 9, 2018, the sold-out evening raised more than $50,000 for Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital's innovative Woman and Child program.
AMJ Canada Run for Vaughan
When you hit the pavement during the Run for Vaughan, it doesn't matter how you cross the finish line. Run, walk or stroll – everyone is helping Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at (AMJ) Canada raise much-needed funds for Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital. The 2018 event was held on September 30, and raised more than $50,000, part of AMJ Vaughan's $2-million commitment to the soon-to-be-completed facility.
Vaughan in Motion Party for Cancer Care
Raising funds for our community is something of a Vaughan in Motion specialty – they've been doing it non-stop for more than 20 years, donating more than $1.2 million in total in an effort to bring strength and hope to people impacted by cancer. Led by event organizers Peter Badali and Dr. Greg D'Orio, the Vaughan in Motion Party for Cancer Care drew a record crowd of almost 500 people on April 6, 2018, in support of cancer care at Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital and Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital.
Dancing for the Children Gala
From the homemade cookies that were handed out to guests as they arrived, to the four-course Italian dinner and dancing that followed, Ciao Bella Dance Studio's 14th annual Dancing for the Children gala on March 3, 2018, was a grand affair. Ciao Bella owner Dana Vena and her hard-working gala committee helped raise $40,000 in support of pediatric care at the new Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital, part of a three-year $125,000 pledge – and a record amount for the event.