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De Gasperis, Kohn families donate $20M to Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital

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De Gasperis, Kohn families donate $20M to Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital

The largest single donation in Mackenzie Health Foundation’s history was announced last month: a $20 million joint gift from the De Gasperis and Kohn families to help build and equip the new Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital. The gift was announced at the City of Vaughan Mayor’s Gala by Maurizio Bevilacqua, mayor and co-chair of the foundation’s Exceptional Care Belongs Here campaign.

“As a result of the incredible generosity demonstrated by the De Gasperis and Kohn families, the 2018 Mayor’s Gala will be remembered, cherished and celebrated because of their selfless, historic and record-setting $20 million donation to the Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital,” Bevilacqua said. “Once completed, the Giovanni De Gasperis and Eugene Kohn Learning Centre will stand as a testament to the spirit of generosity that radiates in people, businesses and neighbourhoods throughout our community.

“Building” this hospital is about investing in the health and well being of our citizens and ensuring we all have access to the best possible care for generations to come. The philanthropic leadership of the De Gasperis and Kohn families will continue a long history of community building by helping to further shape Vaughan’s promising future.”

The De Gasperis family, founders of the TACC Group of Companies, and Kohn family, founders of the Fieldgate Group of Companies, have each contributed to the growth and spirit of York Region for more than a quarter of a century. Building on their community leadership, the De Gasperis and Kohn families are helping to create a world-class health experience in southwest York Region and beyond. This gift will be dedicated to the new Learning Centre at Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital.

The Giovanni De Gasperis, Eugene Kohn Learning Centre will be the most technologically advanced education facility within a Canadian community hospital, featuring clinical teaching and simulation labs, conference and learning spaces, and a stateof- the-art auditorium for transformative and large-scale health care forums, complete with high-tech innovations. Mackenzie Health physicians, nurses, staff and health-care providers from across Ontario will be able to stay up-to-date on the latest information and practice new skills and best clinical practices, leading to improved patient care and outcomes.

The centre will extend beyond the hospital walls, using technology to link the Mackenzie Health team with educational opportunities and experts outside the region and allowing health-care providers across the GTA, province and country to consult and collaborate within Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital.

Construction of the new hospital began in 2016. The project is on schedule to open in late 2020. Once complete, the 1.2 million-square-foot state-of-the art facility will feature fully integrated smart technology systems and medical devices, a first for a community hospital in Canada.

The $20 million gift is a major step in Mackenzie Health Foundation’s fundraising campaign, which is being spearheaded by a dedicated 33-member cabinet co-chaired by Bevilacqua and Greg Sorbara. The foundation has committed to raising $250 million in community contributions toward the total $1.6 billion project cost. Thanks to a number of generous donations already received, including this most recent gift from the De Gasperis and Kohn families, the foundation has raised $103 million to date.

The TACC Group of Companies is owned and operated by the De Gasperis family and employs over 2,500 people. The group of companies have solid reputations in the industry as bold innovative leaders in their various areas of expertise. The TACC Group of Companies includes TACC Developments, TACC Construction, Arista Homes, DECO Homes, OPUS Homes, Trans Power Utility, DiCrete Construction, DECAST Ltd. and Copper Creek Golf Group.

“On behalf of my brothers Carlo and Michael, the TACC family is so proud to call the City of Vaughan home,” said Silvio De Gasperis. “The TACC Group has the privilege of building great communities for families to live, work and play and it is our honour to give back to the city through the creation of the state-of-the-art Learning Centre at the Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital in honour of our father Giovanni De Gasperis and the late Mr. Eugene Kohn. We are proud of the legacy that our father Giovanni De Gasperis has built. It is one that continues to inspire all of us and the importance of public service and giving back to the community.”

“On behalf of our family, we are proud to recognize my father, the late Mr. Eugene Kohn, for his contributions to the GTA by creating the state-of-the-art Learning Centre at the Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital,” said Tom Kohn, on behalf of the Kohn, Gunsburg, Eisenberger and Jakubovic families and the Fieldgate Group of Companies. “We established the Fieldgate Cares Foundation to recognize Mr. Eugene Kohn’s legacy and to give back to the communities that Fieldgate services. We are proud to contribute to the Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital in honour of Mr. Giovanni De Gasperis and Mr. Eugene Kohn.

From award-winning homes and condominiums, to visionary commercial properties and beyond, Fieldgate has consistently demonstrated its ability to develop superior quality properties that exceed the expectations of our many satisfied clients and homebuyers. The Fieldgate Group of Companies includes Fieldgate Homes, Fieldgate Urban, Fieldgate Land Development, Fieldgate Commercial Properties, Fieldgate Property Management, Fieldgate Construction Management Limited, Fieldgate Retirement Living and Fieldgate Golf Group.

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BILD Members Take Their Commitments to Their Communities Very Seriously

One of the many things that truly inspires me about corporate members of the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) and the people behind them is their commitment to making the GTA a better place to live through their philanthropic contributions. They care about the community because they live here, too.

Let me provide a few examples of how that caring is turned into tangible action.

Thanks to our members, healthcare in the GTA receives a much needed boost. For example, St. Joseph’s Health Centre in Toronto’s west end will be better able to meet its goals of improving spaces for patients, purchasing new technology and delivering specialized care because a BILD member company contributed a significant amount to its Promise Campaign.

In Vaughan, our members’ donations to Mackenzie Health Foundation are helping to enhance care at the Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital, as well as helping to build and equip Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital, which is expected to be completed in 2020. It will be the first hospital to be built in the York Region in 30 years. At last count, the owners of at least six BILD member companies had given generously to ensure that residents of York Region have access to excellent health care close to home.

Thanks to our members, education in the GTA receives generous support. In November, the University of Toronto officially opened the new home of the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at One Spadina Crescent, which will house undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as research and public outreach programs. The renovation and expansion of the heritage building on the site had been made possible with a substantial gift from the founder and CEO of a BILD member company and numerous contributions from other members.

Peter Gilgan hugs his 95-year-old-other, Mary, after announcing a $10 million donation to St. Joseph’s Health Centre last year.

Thanks to our members, people in need get a greater number of safe, affordable places to live. Recently, several member companies helped raise money for a housing project by St. Clare’s Multifaith Housing Society, as part of an initiative spearheaded by the Residential Construction Council of Ontario. The project, which broke ground in December, will provide 22 new apartments in Kensington Market for people experiencing homelessness.

Many of our members also help provide affordable housing by partnering with Habitat for Humanity GTA. Just in time for the holidays, four families received new homes on Kennedy Road in Caledon, a Habitat project that included seven BILD member companies as sponsors and partners.

I could give many more examples of the ways our members demonstrate their caring for the communities where they live. The only limit is the space I have for this column. If you would like to see more examples, follow BILD on Twitter, @bildgta, where we regularly share about our members’ philanthropic work.

Whether it’s contributing to healthcare, education, affordable housing or other community needs, our members take their commitments to their communities very seriously. Their ability to fulfil these commitments depends on their own health as businesses, which is why BILD will always advocate for fairness, accountability and transparency when we look at the taxes, fees and charges that our members pay to municipalities. When our members thrive, they can continue to contribute to the health and vitality of our GTA communities.

As this year’s elections approach, BILD will be front and centre on a number of issues that are important to our industry. I will write about some of these in future columns.

DAVID WILKES is President and CEO of the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD).

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Muzzo, De Gasperis families make $15M donation to Mackenzie Health

Muzzo, De Gasperis families make $15M donation to Mackenzie Health

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Muzzo, De Gasperis families make $15M donation to Mackenzie Health

Mackenzie Health announced the largest single donation in its history, a $15 million joint gift from the De Gasperis and Muzzo families to help build the new Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital. The De Gasperis and Muzzo families, separately and together, have a long history of philanthropy, including many contributions to Mackenzie Health.

“We are very grateful for this generosity, which will benefit the people of Vaughan and neighbouring communities for decades to come, providing exceptional health care for patients and families close to home,” said Ingrid Perry, president and CEO of the Mackenzie Health Foundation.

Construction of the new hospital — a 1.2 million-square-foot state-of-the art healthcare facility featuring fully integrated smart technology systems and medical devices — began last fall and is making significant progress toward the scheduled opening in 2020.

Building on generous donations already received, the $15-million gift is a major step in the Mackenzie Health Foundation’s fundraising campaign, which is being spear-headed by a dedicated 33-member cabinet co-chaired by Greg Sorbara and Vaughan Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua. The foundation has committed to raising $250 million in community contributions toward the total $1.6 billion project cost.

“This gift has been in development for more than three years, and we are extremely pleased to see it come to fruition,” Perry said. “We will continue to reach out to individuals and organizations in our ongoing fundraising drive, and we hope they will follow the examples set by the De Gasperis and Muzzo families, and by all our very generous donors who have made a commitment to our new hospital.”

To recognize these exceptional contributions, the Mackenzie Health Foundation has decided that the west wing of the new hospital building will be named the De Gasperis- Muzzo Tower.

“We are making great progress, both in construction and fundraising,” said Altaf Stationwala, president and CEO of Mackenzie Health. “Thanks to tremendous community support, we are well on our way to completing this exceptional new healthcare facility.”

The De Gasperis and Muzzo names are well-known in the construction, building and development industry. The Muzzos own development giant Pemberton Group while the De Gasperis family operates DG Group (formerly Metrus Developments), ConDrain and Aspen Ridge Homes.

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