Mackenzie Health Foundation’s Midnight Cirque Gala

The City of Vaughan has definitely embodied the generous spirit of the approaching holiday season. On Nov. 3, the Mackenzie Health Foundation hosted its 31st annual Midnight Cirque gala, raising over $1.1 million net proceeds to help equip Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital and enhance the care at Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital. Over 1,100 guests across the GTA were in attendance, including the premier of Ontario, Doug Ford. The elegant evening had a “cirque” theme, featuring jaw-dropping performances by contortionists, stilt walkers, aerialists and more. Presented by Rogers for the seventh time, the event was hosted by Stella Acquisto and Melanie Ng from Breakfast Television.

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Co-chairs Greg Sorbara and Vaughan Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua recognized donors who had contributed more than $1 million to the Exceptional Care Belongs Here campaign. This includes the biggest donation in its history: $20 million from the De Gasperis and Kohn families, which will support the development of the Giovanni De Gasperis ♦ Eugene Kohn Learning Centre at Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital. Among the 31 donors who have contributed generously to date are BMO Financial Group, Alectra Inc. and Zanchin Automotive Group. The live auction at the event raised an astounding $66,000 toward purchasing 10 mobile telemetry units with central monitoring systems. This is crucial technology for patients who require round-the-clock examining, which averages out to between 1,000 and 1,200 patients per month.

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