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2013 Donor Spotlight Archive
For the week of: June 10, 2013
Barbados Ball Canada Aid
For 10 years, Barbados Ball Canada Aid have been honouring outstanding Barbadians residing in Canada for professional acclaim and/or community service and this year have chosen to raise funds in support of the recently launched Caribbean-SickKids Paediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders Project through the Ball. Barbados Ball Canada Aid has generously pledged its support for the next three years to the Project as a Barbados Nursing Training Partner and a Barbados Cytometry Training Partner. Thank you Barbados Ball Canada Aid for your generosity and leadership in supporting this important Project.
Bike for Tykes
Bike for Tykes has been spinning in support of children’s health for 12 years. This year the organization chose to support the Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning at SickKids this year. Over 200 riders spin for four hours to raise funds and have a great time all in the name of children’s health. The dedicated committee organizes this fantastic event and works tirelessly each year to make it bigger, better and more successful for the organizations it is supporting.
SickKids Foundation is grateful that Bike for Tykes is supporting the Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation’s pledge to SickKids and the Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning.
For the week of: June 3, 2013
TD Bank Group
TD Bank Group has always been a strong supporter of SickKids through its partnership with Children’s Miracle Network, raising an incredible $18 million for the hospital since 1994. Each and every year, TD’s dedicated employees raise funds to support children’s health through grassroots activities such as golf tournaments, silent auctions, a Customer Connection day and a Corporate Match Program. Their tremendous generosity and commitment helps to support ground-breaking research, innovative treatments and state-of-the art facilities which help lead to higher survival rates, less pain for children and less time spent in hospital.
Thank you TD Bank Group for your continued commitment to furthering children’s health.
Mantella Corporation is a pioneer in the real estate development business in Canada and has been a recognized and respected name in the industry since it was established more than 50 years ago. Mantella is a family owned business that focuses on its community. To date they have donated over $220,000 to the highest priority needs of SickKids.
They have become an annual supporter of Scrubs in the City and also help shape the event and get the community involved.
We would like to thank them for their over 22 years of continued support.
For the week of: May 27, 2013
Since 1984, Foresters has contributed over $2 million to SickKids Foundation through Children’s Miracle Network.
Foresters, a life insurance provider dedicated to helping children and families, is the founding sponsor and international underwriter of the Radiothon program in North America for Children’s Miracle Network. By covering costs associated with Radiothon programs throughout Canada and the United States funds raised through these community events can benefit their local hospital, like SickKids.
We are proud of our relationship with Foresters and would like to thank them for their continued partnership in our vision: Heathier Children. A Better World.
Microsoft/XBOX Canada, a Children’s Miracle Network partner since 2005, combines its commitment to the community, its cutting-edge technology and its most popular entertainment and gaming systems to improve the lives of hospitalized children.
Through the CLICK program (Child Life Interactive Computer for Kids), patients at The Hospital for Sick Children are now able to virtually access their classrooms, friends and families. Microsoft/XBOX Canada also provides games and consoles for children’s play and family areas.
SickKids Foundation is extremely grateful for the innovations and connections being fostered through the support of Microsoft/XBOX Canada and for truly making a difference in the lives of our patients and their families.
For the week of: May 20, 2013
Moms to be and More
Moms to be and More is the baby boutique, with the experts that know what you need. We serve our clientele from bump to baby to toddler in our brick and mortar store or online at momstobeandmore.com. Supporting The Peter Gilgan Research and Learning Tower was the most natural choice for a cause to support and truly believe in. We know that we not only speak for ourselves, but for our clients as well.
SickKids Foundation is exceptionally proud to have the support and commitment of Walmart Canada, through our partnership with Children’s Miracle Network. Together with their customers, vendors, and passionate associates, Walmart Canada raises both awareness and funds for The Hospital for Sick Children through paper icon campaigns, grassroots activities, corporate matches and vendor programs. This year their signature event, the Walmart Walk for Miracles celebrates its 10th Anniversary and will take place at Coronation Park on Sunday, June 9, 2013.
Since becoming a partner in 1994, Walmart Canada has raised over $14 million for SickKids Foundation. These funds raised are used where the need is highest, whether that be research, education or care. Thank you Walmart for your continued support and for truly making a difference when it comes to the care and well-being of the patients and their families here at SickKids.
For the week of: May 13, 2013
KRG Children’s Charitable Foundation
We are tremendously grateful to KRG Children’s Charitable Foundation for helping to create a child-friendly atmosphere at SickKids. Thanks to their ongoing support of Operation: Art, and the artistic talent of Susy Bleasby, colourful murals have been painted throughout many areas of the hospital. Artwork of smiling children, whimsical animals and underwater creatures now greet families and patients in the hallways, waiting rooms and clinical spaces. “As well as excellent medical care, we want to provide a warm and enriching environment that comforts children and parents alike. Art has the ability to connect people by offering a forum of discussion, expression and the sharing of imagination.”
The Women’s Auxiliary
The Women’s Auxiliary of The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) is a long-standing and respected partner of SickKids and SickKids Foundation. While primarily a service organization, its members raise substantial funds through sales in the 5Fifty5 Shop, its annual Bazaar and sales of holiday cards which are directed to the priority projects and programs at the hospital.
SickKids Foundation is grateful for the countless hours of dedicated service they give to the families and children of the hospital and for their tireless efforts in fundraising to ensure that our vision of Healthier Children. A Better World is fulfilled.
For the week of: May 4, 2013
True Religion believes in the SickKids vision of “Healthier Children. A Better World” because every child deserves to be healthy. True Religion helped support our vision throughout the month of March and helped raise $10,000. Thank you True Religion!
For the week of: April 22, 2013
Costco Wholesale, a Children’s Miracle Network partner, is a passionate supporter of SickKids Foundation. In 2012, Costco Wholesale raised nearly $700,000 for SickKids by inspiring staff, engaging members and encouraging vendors to make donations during in the Miracle Month of May. Aside from the sale of paper icons, employees from each department enthusiastically show their support by hosting different events such as participating in a walk that starts at The Hospital for Sick Children and ends at their respective stores – over 50km for some!
Supplementing the commitment shown by each warehouse location, Costco head office matches the funds raised at each warehouse by a certain percentage. Thank you Costco Wholesale for all of your fundraising efforts and for believing in our vision: Healthier Children. A Better World.
For the week of: April 15, 2013
Pizza Pizza is a proud supporter of SickKids Foundation through its Slices for Smiles campaign. Since becoming an official sponsor of Children’s Miracle Network in 2008, Pizza Pizza has raised over $620,000. This year, the Slices for Smiles campaign takes place from Monday, April 22 to Sunday, May 5.
Thank you Pizza Pizza for your incredible support, enthusiasm and passion to help kids in the Greater Toronto Area and across Canada.
For the week of: April 8, 2013
Ontario Toyota Dealers
Your Ontario Toyota Dealers are making a positive impact on SickKids patients and their families by providing their support to our Family Resource Centre and Reading Room as well as other areas of the hospital.
With an incredible gift of $500,000, your Ontario Toyota Dealers have made a strong statement about the importance they place on SickKids and the families it cares for.
Our heartfelt thanks to the Ontario Toyota Dealers!
For the week of: March 25, 2013
Since 2002, SickKids Foundation has been proud to be one of Home Hardware's national charitable partners. This year alone, Home Hardware has donated more than $250,000. Home Hardware and its dealers raise funds through local fundraising events, calendar sales and other initiatives all in support of the world-renowned research at SickKids.
Thanks to the company’s generous donations and the funds raised by the dealers across Canada, world-class research continues to lead to discoveries, which mean higher survival rates and better care for children in Canada and around the world. We want to thank all of you for helping SickKids to fulfill its vision of Healthier Children. A Better World.
For the week of: March 18, 2013
Shorcan Brokers Limited
Shorcan Brokers Limited is an inter-dealer bond broker that specializes in the Canadian fixed-income marketplace. Shorcan Brokers Limited has been a proud partner of SickKids Foundation since 1992. In that time, they have raised over $$225,000 in support of SickKids through their Annual Charity Day. Shorcan Brokers Limited generously donates 100% of the day’s revenue (after lunch and reception expenses) to many deserving charities, including SickKids.
Thank You Shorcan Brokers Limited!
True Religion believes in the SickKids vision of “Healthier Children. A Better World” because every child deserves to be healthy. Since the True Religion brand wants to help make that vision a reality, during the month of March, True Religion will donate ten per cent of all sales at its Toronto Eaton Centre store, to the Foundation.
Thank you True Religion!
For the week of: March 11, 2013
Canadian National Railway
Canadian National Railway has been a stalwart supporter of injury prevention at SickKids since 2002. As safety is one of the top priorities for CN and for SickKids, they are a perfect partner. The Safe Crossing Program we have developed together helps keep kids safe around rail/road crossings and tracks by promoting safe behavior.
Thank you to CN for helping keep our children safe.
For the week of: March 4, 2013
Cadillac Fairview has been a proud partner of SickKids Foundation since 1984. In that time, they have raised over $680,000 in support of SickKids. They have also made a commitment of $1 million towards the Centre for Research and Learning at SickKids. In addition to their financial support Cadillac Fairview also donates mall space to assist in our fundraising efforts in the community. Cadillac Fairview employees volunteer to assist in fundraising efforts in support of SickKids.
Thank You to Cadillac Fairview for leading by example in our community.
KPMG is a Canadian leader in delivering Audit, Tax, and Advisory services. KPMG responds to clients' complex business challenges across the country and around the world.
For over 20 years, KPMG and KPMG Foundation have generously supported SickKids Foundation through a variety of initiatives and, most recently, a pledge of $250,000 to support the SickKids Centre for Research and Learning. KPMG also runs a successful SickKids Leaders campaign each year supported by the firm’s partners.
Together, KPMG and its employees have raised over $1,250,000 to date to support the highest priority needs of the hospital and advance research, learning and care so more children can lead longer, healthier lives.
Thank you KPMG for being such a longstanding and committed partner of SickKids.
For the week of: February 25, 2013
RONA is the largest Canadian distributor and retailer of hardware, home renovation and gardening products and operates a network of more than 950 stores. With close to 6,300 employees, the RONA Ontario store network helps to generate over $6 billion in annual retail sales in Canada.
Through events such as Clowning Around for SickKids, RONA and its employees are committed to supporting SickKids and its exceptional care for children in communities across Ontario. To date, they have raised approximately $54,000.
Thank you RONA for your dedication and passion to SickKids.
Long & McQuade
Serving Canada since 1956, Long & McQuade is the largest musical instruments retailer in the country with 60 locations nationally.
Long & McQuade has been a supporter of SickKids Foundation since 1998. In 2008, Long & McQuade established the Long & McQuade Music Therapy Endowment Fund to ensure that music continues to be a part of our patients' everyday lives. Since then, they have raised $74,240 for music therapy at SickKids.
Thank you Long & McQuade for your continued support!
For the week of: February 18, 2013
Deloitte, one of Canada's leading professional services firms, provides audit, tax, consulting, and financial advisory services.
For over 20 years, Deloitte and Deloitte Foundation have generously supported SickKids Foundation through a variety of initiatives including lectureships, conferences, and, most recently, a pledge of $500,000 to support the SickKids Centre for Research and Learning. Deloitte also runs a successful SickKids Leaders campaign each year supported by the firm's professional staff.
Together, Deloitte and its employees have raised over $2,000,000 to date to support the highest priority needs of the hospital, making it possible for us to respond to urgent patient needs and seize exciting new research opportunities.
Thank you Deloitte for being such a longstanding and committed partner of SickKids.
The Robbie Foundation
The Robbie Foundation shares a wonderful relationship with SickKids. They are highly motivated supporters who provide funding through their annual golf tournament. Through their commitment to The Possibilities Fund they have a named the 8th Floor playroom "The Robert Naccarato Playroom". This room has been named after their son who was a generous and thoughtful child who always puts other happiness and pleasure before his own. Robert Naccarato wishes were to do good for the world and through the work of the Foundation he is doing exactly that.
For the week of: February 11, 2013
Holcim Canada Inc.
Holcim Canada Inc. has been a proud partner of SickKids Foundation for over 20 years. In that time, along with their affiliates Dufferin Concrete and Dufferin Aggregates, they have raised over $175,000 in support of SickKids. They have also made an additional commitment of $100,000.00 towards the Operating Suites at SicKKids.
In addition to their financial support The Holcim team has given the patient families a break from the hospital routine by hosting them at numerous Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Raptors games.
Thank you to Holcim Canada Inc. for being true community leaders.
Entertainment One hosts an annual golf tournament in support of b.r.a.i.n.child and SickKids Foundation. They are committed corporate citizens as one of their own have had a personal first-hand experience with their child receiving treatment at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids).
To date, they have raised over $375,000 and continue to support us with their annual golf tournament. We are grateful for their commitment and dedication.
For the week of: February 4, 2013
Shoppers Drug Mart
Since the fall of 2010, Shoppers Drug Mart has been the sponsor of the toll-free, bilingual Motherisk Helpline. The Helpline provides information and counselling to expectant parents, new mothers and healthcare providers nationwide. Shoppers Drug Mart WOMEN also helps to support Motherisk research on the risk or safety of medications and other exposures during pregnancy and lactation. And in 2012, Motherisk was the grateful recipient of funds raised by Shoppers Drug Mart employees and customers during the 2012 Tree of Life campaign.
Thank you, Shoppers Drug Mart, for your commitment to women's health and generous support of the Motherisk program at SickKids.
Blair Franklin Asset Management
This week we thank Blair Franklin Asset Management, an employee owned company delivering financial expertise and advice to clients throughout the world. Blair Franklin's team has donated over $50,000 to Sickkids and this holiday season the entire staff brought in a gift for a child at the hospital.
We like to thank Blair Franklin Asset Management for partnering with Sickkids to improve children's health.
For the week of: January 28, 2013
DYN Exports has a strong and deep commitment to SickKids. Through its relationship launched a year ago whereby 41 per cent of all the proceeds from the sale of used clothing collected in SickKids name will be donated to the hospital, $100,000 has been donated including their support for last year's Radiothon.
Thank you DYN Exports for your ongoing support and dedication to changing the future of child health.
Nicola's Triathlon is a fun-filled triathlon geared to kids. This event provides awareness and funding for Marrow Failure and Myelodysplasia (MFM) research at SickKids and promotes the long-term health of all children through exercise and a more positive outlook. By providing funding for MFM research, Nicola's Triathlon hope's one day that no child loses their lives to marrow failure and myelodysplasia. To date, they have raised over $90,000 in support of this important research.
Thank you Nicola's Triathlon for all your support!
For the week of: January 21, 2013
Meagan's Walk was established in 2002 in honour of Meagan Bebenek. Since its creation, Meagan's Walk has raised over $2.7 million for the Labatt Brain Tumour Research Centre at SickKids. The Walk ends with a human chain formed around SickKids by the participants and is a symbol of hope for patients and their families. This one-of-a kind hug is another reason SicKKids is such a special place.
We are grateful to Meagan's Walk for their kind and compassionate support of SickKids and assisting all the doctors and scientist to make a difference.
Creative Fundraisers truly shares SickKids vision 'Healthier Children. A Better World.' The company was created in 2008, as a division of Creative Framed Inc. and owner Robert Gosse and his wife Deborah knew that The Hospital for Sick Children was an inspiring place to offer a creative opportunity for people to support such a worthy cause.
Since 2009, Creative Fundraisers has continuously and proudly supported SickKids. Take a walk down SickKids Main Street to see the beautiful artwork that the company displays and have an opportunity to take one of the beautiful pieces home with you. The funds raised are designated towards the Possibilities Fund, funding the highest priority needs at the Hospital in areas of family-centered care, research and education.
For the week of: January 14, 2013
RBC believes that all kids should feel healthy inside and out, which was their motivation for establishing the RBC Children's Mental Health Project. Through this project, RBC has generously committed more than $2 million to The Hospital for Sick Children to support much-needed training, research and knowledge outreach for paediatric mental health. Additional support has been provided by RBC over the years through sponsorships of the 2012 Women’s Golf Invitational, and Hold’em for Life Challenge, and incredible employee support through their annual fundraising campaign, which celebrated its 25th annual Walk-a-Thon this past year.
Thank you to RBC and its employees for sharing and supporting our vision: Healthier Children. A Better World.
Torys is a highly respected international business law firm with offices in Toronto, New York and Calgary.
For 25 years, Torys has supported SickKids Foundation through a variety of initiatives including the Torys Infectious Diseases Endowment Fund, Herbie Fund and Julia’s Fund. Torys also runs a successful SickKids Leaders campaign each year supported by the firm’s partners. Together, Torys and its employees have raised over $500,000 to date to support the highest priority needs of the hospital, making it possible for us to respond to urgent patient needs and seize exciting new research opportunities.
Thank you Torys for being a longstanding partner of SickKids.
For the week of: January 7, 2013
ING DIRECT is committed to making tangible improvements in communities across Canada, with a goal to give children and youth the opportunity to embrace and fulfill their potential.
In addition to receiving proceeds from their Annual Charity Golf Tournament, SickKids has been fortunate to be the beneficiary of multiple fundraising and volunteer efforts of ING DIRECT's employees, including participation in the Heatwave Charity volleyball tournaments, Charity Garage Sales, and participation in the hospital's Halloween Parade. Thanks to their donation matching program, Giving2 The Power of Two, employee and department donations to SickKids are generously matched by the company.
Thank you to ING DIRECT and its employees for their continued commitment to SickKids.
FedEx Express Canada
For over 10 years, Fedex Express Canada has supported SickKids through their commitment to road and pedestrian safety.
Donating more than $1 million, they have helped educate and empower school communities and Canadian families.
Thank you FedEx for your valued support and for helping to make Canadian roads safer for pedestrians.