Lee-Chin makes generous donation to Canada's Joseph Brant Hospital
The fundraising drive for a refurbished Joseph Brant Hospital got a giant boost at a gala event in Burlington recently. Philanthropist Michael Lee-Chin, known for his donations to the Royal Ontario Museum and others, gave the hospital CDN$10 million .
It is the single biggest donation in the history of the city of Burlington.
His gift, plus the money raised from the crystal gala event and silent auction pushes the project more than halfway to its CDN$60 million goal. Lee-Chin says the project is important for the future of the city.
"The hospital is such a wonderful centre of Burlington. It represents what the future of Burlington could be, should be. So we just wanted to make sure that the hospital, which will have increasing demand because of the ageing population, is fully equipped to meet the needs of the 21st century."
Joseph Brant president and chief executive officer Eric Vandewall says Lee-Chin's contribution has had a dramatic impact on the drive.
"Every campaign, be it ours or anybody else's, always looks for a lead donor. That relationship is so important in campaigns. Lee-Chin is now our lead donor. So what this will do is, one, will really propel our campaign forward, inspire others to give, and it really puts us now at greater than 60 per cent of our campaign goal."
Construction on a new seven-storey tower is set to begin in the spring. More than 170 beds will be added as well as nine operating rooms and expanded cancer care.