For Holland Bloorview, this year was filled with capes, cups, culinary delights and generous gifts small and large from both kids and grownups. It was a record-setting year, and we couldn’t have done it without you!
Nearly 700 caped fundraisers took to the streets for Capes for Kids, raising over $630,000! For one week, the city was filled with everyday superheroes raising funds in brilliant red capes and sparking important conversations about disability. From March 5 – 11, red capes were spotted everywhere – subways, shopping malls, office buildings, gyms, grocery stores, and on generous Holland Bloorview staff throughout the hospital. In just two years, Capes for Kids has raised over $1,000,000 for Holland Bloorview – an incredible achievement that was only possible because of you!
We were lucky to share some special moments with our community of donors. Like long-time friend Arron Barberian who announced an amazing $1,000,000 pledge to Holland Bloorview from the proceeds of his restaurant’s steak spice sales. And Jack Cockwell, whose extraordinary $1,000,000 pledge means our Spiral Garden will be enhanced, ensuring this magical outdoor space will continue to help kids’ imaginations and spirits bloom.
In November, you helped us set another record at the 11th An Evening of Possibility. This event, hosted by clients Emma, Liam, Tai and Zachary, raised a record breaking $620,000! Like all events before them, the evening was a culmination of culinary treasures, created by dynamic chefs from some of Toronto’s top restaurants. Paired with moving speeches from young Holland Bloorview clients sharing their stories of courage and perseverance, it was truly a night to remember.
When kids help kids, everyone benefits! Last summer kids across the GTA stepped up to help, hosting lemonade stands. Lemonade for Possibility was dreamed up by Gabrielle, a young fundraiser in the community. “I read about the work that Holland Bloorview was going and I wanted to get more involved,” she said. “I think it’s a great facility for children, and there are incredible people there.” In all, 47 lemonade stands raised a total of $14,500 for Holland Bloorview programs and services, while raising awareness of childhood disability through social media and word of mouth.
These and so many more memories, moments and milestones, were made possible through our unbelievable community of individual and corporate donors whose commitment to helping kids with disabilities is creating a world full of possibility every day. Thank you to our dedicated Board of Directors, passionate volunteers and generous donors for your continued support of Holland Bloorview.