Josh Groban helps announce $8 million donation to Women & Babies Program at Sunnybrook



    Landmark gift from Aubrey and Marla Dan caps One Night Live(TM)
    celebrations

    TORONTO, Feb. 28 /CNW/ - Award-winning recording artist Josh Groban was
part of a landmark announcement today at the Air Canada Centre, in which
Aubrey and Marla Dan made a gift of $8 million (CDN) to support the
construction of a new home for the Women & Babies Program at Sunnybrook. This
is one of the most significant private contributions to a women and babies
program in the country and comes on an exciting day for Sunnybrook, which will
be hosting One Night Live(TM), presented by Sun Life Financial, later in the
evening.
    Their gift will be honoured by naming the Aubrey & Marla Dan Program for
High Risk Mothers & Babies at Sunnybrook. Women and babies will be referred to
the Program when their medical circumstances demand the best expertise in
high-risk obstetrics and neonatal care.
    "Fifteen years ago, we experienced the exceptional care provided by the
wonderful team of doctors and nurses in the Women & Babies Program with the
birth of our daughter Alyse," said Marla Dan. "Aubrey and I know what a
difficult time this can be for new parents, so we wanted to give back to the
hospital to help provide the leading-edge facilities that mothers and their
babies deserve. Our miracle baby is now a 15-year-old teenager."
    The gift announcement comes on a monumental day for Sunnybrook. The
Hospital is hosting One Night Live(TM), a first-of-its-kind concert fundraiser
featuring Bryan Adams, Josh Groban, Sarah McLachlan, Jann Arden and RyanDan.
Josh Groban was on-hand this afternoon to announce the gift. One Night
Live(TM) has been an overwhelming success for Sunnybrook, and for the Women &
Babies Program specifically, leading to over $12 million in contributions to
support an extensive capital expansion for the Women & Babies Program.
    Funds generated through the activities of One Night Live(TM) and Aubrey
and Marla Dan's gift will help build a state-of-the-art, 150,000 square foot
facility for the Women & Babies Program within the four-floor M-wing addition
currently under construction at Sunnybrook. The new home will offer the most
nurturing environment, and provide babies with the best start for lifelong,
healthy development. It will ensure Sunnybrook's exceptional team of care
providers has advanced and spacious surroundings in which to conduct its
life-saving work. The Program currently delivers approximately 4,000 babies
each year. The new facility will increase that number to 4,500.
    "When our new home is complete in 2010, it will represent a significant
improvement to the cramped facilities in which our Program currently functions
at the Grenville Campus," said Dr. Jennifer Blake, Chief of Obstetrics and
Gynaecology at Sunnybrook. "Donors like the Dans, and everyone attending One
Night Live(TM) tonight, will enable us to help families at this most important
time - childbirth. We will be there for families with happy, uncomplicated
pregnancies, but, thanks to this wonderful generosity, we will also be able to
give the best start possible to those moms and babies who most need the expert
care for which our program is known."
    In addition to community support, the dedication of the corporate
sponsors of One Night Live(TM) made the night possible and is an indication of
how these partnerships can help deliver much-needed care.
    "We are honoured to sponsor this extraordinary concert, which brings
together a stellar group of outstanding musicians and performing artists,"
said Donald A. Stewart, Chief Executive Officer, Sun Life Financial. "We
believe there can be no better example of our commitment to healthier futures
than helping provide specialized care and equipment for the mothers and babies
who need them most."
    "We are absolutely thrilled by the support that the people of Toronto,
and beyond, have thrown behind this event," said Jennifer Tory, Chair of
Sunnybrook Foundation. "The success of this event, the attention the hospital
and the Women & Babies Program has received, and the wonderful gift made by
Aubrey and Marla Dan will bring us even closer to our $300 million Campaign
for Sunnybrook goal. This has exceeded all our expectations."
    One Night Live(TM) takes place at 7 p.m. at the Air Canada Centre.

    About Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre:

    Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre is transforming health care through the
dedication of its more than 10,000 staff members who provide compassionate and
innovative patient-focused care. An internationally recognized leader in
women's health, academic research and education, and affiliated with the
University of Toronto, Sunnybrook is one of Canada's premier health sciences
centres. Sunnybrook specializes in caring for newborns, adults and the
elderly, treating and preventing cancer, heart problems, orthopaedic and
arthritic conditions and traumatic injuries.

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Mobile: (647) 262-5403; Matt Salvatore, Hill & Knowlton Canada, Mobile: (647)
407-0863


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