RICHMOND HILL, ON and VAUGHAN, ON, Aug. 17, 2017 /CNW/ - Today, Mackenzie Health announced the largest single donation in its history, a $15-million joint gift from the De Gasperis and Muzzo families to help build the new Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital. The De Gasperis and Muzzo families, separately and together, have a long history of philanthropy, including many contributions to Mackenzie Health.
"We are very grateful for this generosity, which will benefit the people of Vaughan and neighbouring communities for decades to come – providing exceptional health care for patients and families close to home," said Ingrid Perry, President and CEO of the Mackenzie Health Foundation.
Construction of the new hospital – a 1.2 million sq. ft., state-of-the art health care facility featuring fully integrated 'smart' technology systems and medical devices – began last fall, and is making significant progress toward the scheduled opening in 2020.
Building on generous donations already received, the $15-million gift is a major step in the Mackenzie Health Foundation's fundraising campaign, which is being spearheaded by a dedicated 33-member cabinet co-chaired by Greg Sorbara and Vaughan Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua. The Foundation has committed to raising $250-million in community contributions toward the total $1.6 billion project cost.
"This gift has been in development for more than three years, and we are extremely pleased to see it come to fruition," Perry said. "We will continue to reach out to individuals and organizations in our ongoing fundraising drive, and we hope they will follow the examples set by the De Gasperis and Muzzo families, and by all our very generous donors who have made a commitment to our new hospital."
To recognize these exceptional contributions, the Mackenzie Health Foundation has decided that the west wing of the new hospital building will be named the De Gasperis-Muzzo Tower.
"We are making great progress, both in construction and fundraising," said Altaf Stationwala, President and CEO of Mackenzie Health. "Thanks to tremendous community support, we are well on our way to completing this exceptional new healthcare facility."
SOURCE Mackenzie Health Foundation
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