The Port Perry Hospital Foundation received a very generous early Christmas gift, in the form of a $350,000 pledge from the Auxiliary to Lakeridge Health Port Perry - the largest the organization has made in its 61-year-history.
The announcement, made last Wednesday (Dec. 11) at the Auxiliary’s Delicious and Delightful Holiday Sale, will see funds raised through the organization’s annual events put toward the Foundation’s ‘Your Hospital, Your Future’ Campaign, a $2.5 million fundraising campaign to raise money for the renovation of the inpatient wing at Lakeridge Health Port Perry.
"We’re confident that we can meet this objective over the next few years," said Auxiliary President Beth Pereman, noting that special events like the upcoming Polar Plunge and proceeds from the Auxiliary’s gift shop and Camille’s Closet will make this possible. "We completed our last large pledge to the Foundation in only three years when we had expected to pay it in five."
"This is a significant contribution," said Dr. John Stewart, President of The Port Perry Hospital Foundation. "The Auxiliary has always taken a strong lead in supporting hospital initiatives and they are also a very important connection to patients, families and staff. We are indebted to them for their outstanding generosity and support."
Earlier this month, the Foundation received a $100,000 donation from the Baagwating Community Association, the charitable arm of the Great Blue Heron Charity Casino, toward the campaign. A funding request from the Township of Scugog for the campaign is currently being considered by councillors.