As in past years, many members of our Goodale Miller Team came together for this special evening; held on November 5th at the Burlington Convention Centre. The event’s theme always reflects the cause, and this year’s ‘Heart of Gold’ storyline was represented throughout this gala; which went on to raise a record $1 Million to help fund essential equipment for the hospital moving forward. According to Suzanne Hallsworth, the foundation’s Director of Communications, “More than half of this money was raised during ‘Cause-within-a-Cause’, a fast-paced fundraising activity that began with Chairman of the Board Bruce Galloway committing to a matching pledge of $250,000. Gala patrons quickly reached that goal, and in fact exceeded it; raising the necessary funds to purchase the entire annual equipment needs for the surgical department.” Additional funds were raised through contests and auctions held throughout this special night; bringing the 20 year total to more than $5 Million.
“Myself and all my siblings were born at the Oakville Hospital”, says Don Goodale. “I had my tonsils out there! I wouldn’t miss an opportunity to contribute back to a facility that’s played such a large and important role in mine and my family’s lives. Plus, we always have a great time! Everything is first class, and this year was no exception.” Michelle Epstein was suitably impressed: “This was my first time attending, and it was so great to see people of means coming out to help make world-class healthcare facilities available to everyone in our community, regardless of income level. I was astounded by the generosity of the attendees.” GMT’s Daniel Wilson echoed Ms. Epstein’s review, stating “What a great opportunity to reconnect with clients and friends while supporting such an important local cause. OTMH has played a vital role in the story of many of our lives, and it’s impressive to see the community come together to give back.”