This has been another outstanding year for fundraising at Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation, thanks to the generosity of our growing community of supporters. We have now reached over 85% of our fundraising goal for our HOPES RISING campaign, bringing us that much closer to a renovated Mental Health unit, and improved emergency care for people in a mental health crises.
In May 2018 the Foundation hosted 450 guests for Hope Blooms at the Farm. The evening was a resounding success with an exceptional $520,000 raised in support of Mental Health at Queensway Carleton Hospital – making this the most successful fundraising gala in the history of the Foundation.
This was a unique and memorable event, with powerful patient stories, auction bidding, live music by Séan McCaan founder of the band Great Big Sea, and great outdoor family style dining – all at the award winning Saunders Farm, in southwest Ottawa.
This special event brought together an extraordinary group of dedicated donors, sponsors and volunteers, all focused on improving care and services for mental health patients in our community. Key to this group were 10 city councillors – the Ambassadors Raising Hope – who in 2017 committed to raising $500,000 for the HOPES RISING campaign that inspired an outpouring of community support.
2018 also marked the start of a new community of supporters for Queensway Carleton Hospital through the launch of the Foundation’s Women in Philanthropy program.
This exciting new initiative brings together like-minded women who want to help transform healthcare for Ottawa and our region. Members pool their donations to create a fund that is awarded annually to one of three Queensway Carleton Hospital short-listed projects that address urgent healthcare challenges within our community.
Catherine Clark, Honourary Chair, and Shawn O’Rourke, Chair and former Queensway Carleton Hospital staff member, were joined by other inspiring community, healthcare and philanthropic leaders in Ottawa to kick-start this new model of donor funding for our hospital. A variety of events were hosted this past year to engage women across the city in this new venture, including a glamorous launch event at the Château Laurier, and a stimulating panel discussion about the influence Canadian women have on charitable giving.
“I am particularly delighted to be part of the Women In Philanthropy initiative, which will see women from across Ottawa transform healthcare in our region through our collective giving and leadership.” – Catherine Clark, Honourary Chair, Women In Philanthropy
More than ever our hospital is benefiting from the tremendous support from our community, with an increasing amount of local fundraisers being hosted throughout the year in support of Queensway Carleton Hospital. From golf tournaments, balls and fashion shows, to bowling nights and Mahjong tournaments– our community of supporters is engaged and growing.
This year, despite the damage and devastation caused by the Dunrobin tornado, our hospital was still the honoured recipient of the Dunrobin Village Meat & Grocery 15th Annual Charity Golf Tournament. We are so fortunate to be part of such a giving community.
Thank you to all our dedicated and generous donors who throughout the year have supported our campaigns and helped us purchase much-needed medical equipment.
Thanks to you we can continue to invest in advanced patient care and healthcare excellence for our community and save even more lives!