ACE Campaign Wrap Up Breakfast

Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation announces $400,000 legacy gift at celebration breakfast in Brookstreet Hotel with 200 ACE supporters in attendance! 

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May 15, 2017  – Brookstreet Hotel

Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation welcomed 200 guests to the Brookstreet Hotel in celebration of the ACE (Acute Care of the Elderly) campaign wrap-up.  Emcee Steve Madely welcomed the Myers Automotive Acute Care of the Elderly Unit’s greatest supporters and donors to the breakfast.  Special guests included: Ottawa City Councillors Mark Taylor, Allan Hubley and Marianne Wilkinson who represented the “ACE Ambassadors” and Harry Mews, President of Myers Automotive.

During the event a $400,000 major gift was announced as the fundraising campaign wrap up gift.  The major gift was made by the late John Pestka, who had left a bequest in his Will to leave a gift for the Hospital.

When the Myers Automotive Acute Care of the Elderly Unit opened its doors in November, the Foundation had announced that fundraising still had to be completed to meet the $3 million community commitment to the unit. The fundraising balance remaining was $400,000. When hearing this news, John Pestka’s executor and friend, Patricia Pepper made the call to donate the legacy gift on John and wife, Joan Pestka’s behalf. Patricia worked with family and co-executors to cover the balance of the campaign through the estate, something everyone knew that John  would have loved to do in life.

John Pestka was a volunteer at the hospital for many years, running the canteen near the Queensway Carleton Hospital main entrance. John and his wife Joan, loved QCH, the staff and the other volunteers, calling them a second family. John was treated at QCH and spent his final moments among his friends at the hospital.

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At the event, Rob and Harry Mews were invited to the stage, along with Patricia Pepper for a cheque presentation with Melanie Adams, Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation President and CEO.

Melanie said, “It is a lovely story, the fundraising campaign for this ACE unit, to have the lead gift donors, Harry and Rob of Myers Automotive representing the Mews Family,  all of you, our ACE supporters, and our campaign wrap-up donors, Patricia Pepper, representing John and Joan Pestka here today to celebrate… Thank you, to you all!”

To close the event, Tom Schonberg, President and CEO of Queensway Carleton Hospital talked about ACE Unit completion and the plan to rollout the philosophies of care that was implemented in the unit to every inpatient unit across QCH; helping all elderly patients regain as much health and independence as possible. “Thanks you again for your support, it has truly transformed how we care for the elderly at QCH, ” said Tom.