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Donor of the Week Spotlight

For the week of October 27, 2014

Eaton Chelsea

The Eaton Chelsea is a proud partner of SickKids Foundation, which will play a key role as part of the hotel’s corporate social responsibility program. This partnership will entail a donation of $500,000 over the next five years to support . This contribution will help SickKids provide expert medical information to families affected by illness and injury in order to improve the health and wellbeing of children in Canada. “The ability to “give back” to the community is not only an important philosophy of the Eaton Chelsea, Toronto but it is something the hotel practices every day. Helping people in our communities is not just a nice thing to do; it is an expression of what it means to be an Eaton Chelsea employee. We are not only willing to go above and beyond to bring comfort to our guests, but also to bring comfort to families in need in the local community in which we operate,” said Josef Ebner, regional vice-president – Canada & managing director, Eaton Chelsea, Toronto.

The majority of the fundraising efforts are the result of the hotel’s annual charity golf classic. This year’s event was the 13th annual and founding sponsors such as Tarpon Contracting made significant contributions to SickKids. We are proud to say that the event on September 3 raised $90,000 towards the fundraising goal of $100,000.

Dental Corporation 

We are pleased to announce that Dental Corporation, Canada's largest network of dental practices, has made a significant $250,000 donation to support paediatric dentistry at four of Canada’s largest children’s hospitals. This multi-year philanthropic commitment is an important part of its overall corporate social responsibility platform through which Dental Corporation and its partners pledge to make a positive contribution to children and oral health in their local communities and nationally.

The five-year commitment will support the dentistry departments at BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver, Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary, The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto, and the IWK Health Centre in Halifax. Funds will go towards the highest priority needs of each of these dentistry departments and clinics that are devoted to delivering comprehensive, preventative and therapeutic oral health diagnosis and treatment to infants, children and youth.

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Donor Stories

Meet Joan Foster, a SickKids donor

Joan Foster SickKids Donor

Last November, when my daughter Kimberley turned 50, I decided to make a donation in our names to SickKids Foundation by giving a SickKids Get Better Gift. I searched through the online symbolic giving catalogue and chose a Safe Ride Home – so another mother would know the joy of bringing home her precious baby from the hospital, as I did many years ago.

Kim was a large baby. She had a rough trip coming into this world and arrived with her head a bit misshapen. I was told it was not a serious condition and it would correct itself within a few days. In the meantime, I giggled at her scrunched up face and her mass of straight black hair.

But the next day, doctors told me my baby was going to be transferred to The Hospital for Sick Children. There was a problem with her blood. I was devastated and cried in my mother's arms. Kim required many blood transfusions and special care from SickKids experts. Finally, after two weeks, she was discharged and I got to hold my precious daughter bundled up in blankets and take her home.

Half a century has passed since then, and though I have four children, all of whom are loved, Kim is truly the child of my heart. Every night I first thank God and then SickKids for the wonderful miracle I have been given.

My deepest gratitude and thanks for all the wonderful things you do and the lives you save.


Joan Foster

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