The Oakville Hospital Foundation has raised a record-breaking $65 million in donations, surpassing its goal of raising $60 million to fund the opening day equipment needs of the new Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital. Gifts from the campaign are being used to fund more than 30,000 pieces of medical equipment and technology needed before the Hospital opens its doors on December 13.
The campaign was supported by a prominent and dedicated group of volunteers and led by co-chairs Bill Cooper and Eve Willis.
“This is an exciting time for everyone in Oakville and demonstrates the enormity of what can be accomplished when donors come together with passion and dedication,” said Eve Willis, Campaign Co-Chair. “We are delighted that we've not only met, but exceeded our campaign goal,”
“This truly marks the beginning of a new chapter of healthcare in Oakville and our community,” added Bill Cooper, Campaign Co-Chair. “We should celebrate this accomplishment and the continued fundraising successes that I know we will enjoy as we move forward.”
Oakville Hospital Foundation’s comprehensive fundraising campaign includes all gifts, pledges and designated funds raised since 2010. The campaign publicly launched in May 2013 and since then more than 28,000 donors contributed to the largest fundraising campaign in Oakville’s history.
The campaign inspired 17 gifts of one million dollars or more with the single largest gift being a $10 million lead gift from Peter Gilgan. In recognition of his pace-setting gift, the Patient Care Centre in the new Hospital is named in his honour.
“This achievement demonstrates that a culture of philanthropy is alive and well in Oakville,” said Tina Triano, Oakville Hospital Foundation CEO. “It is a milestone worthy of celebration and we look forward to continuing to support the emerging priorities of the Hospital, and building on OTMH’s commitment to exemplary patient care.”
“There isn’t a room in the new Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital that has not benefitted from the generosity of our donors,” said Denise Hardenne, President and CEO of Halton Healthcare. “From beds to MRIs to incubators, the list of critical equipment matched to the expansive list of donors is remarkable.”