From l-r: Anthony Vella, Andorra Building Maintenance (sponsor); Rob Housez, General Manager, Chelsea Hotel; Wendy Dempsey, Associate Director, Cause Marketing, SickKids Foundation; Josef Ebner, Regional Vice President – Canada & Managing Director, Chelsea Hotel and Martin Raus, Tarpon Contracting (sponsor)

Chelsea Hotel, Toronto donates $100,000 to SickKids, aims to raise another $500,000

TORONTO — As a long-time partner of The Hospital for Sick Children, Chelsea Hotel, Toronto has presented a cheque for $100,000 to the hospital during SickKids Foundation’s ‘Donor of the Week’ celebration.

The ability to “give back” to the community it not only an important philosophy of the hotel, but it’s something the Chelsea team practices every day, says Josef Ebner, regional vice-president – Canada & managing director, Chelsea Hotel, Toronto.

“We are not only willing to go above and beyond to bring comfort to our guests, but also to bring comfort to families in need in the local community in which we operate,” he says. “It is our hope to not only increase awareness for SickKids, but to continue to raise much needed funds to help those children in their care.”

Since 2013, the hotel has donated $700,000 in support of AboutKidsHealth, a health education resource for children, youth and caregivers that equips families with reliable, readily-available and evidence-based health information.

Plus, for the past 18 years, the annual Chelsea Charity Golf Classic has raised funds and awareness for charity, and this year’s event will once again be in support of AboutKidsHealth.

Looking ahead, Chelsea Hotel has pledged to raise another $500,000 over the next five years in support of the SickKids vs. Limits campaign, which highlights the many limitations the hospital faces, including an aging building and outdated models of care history. This new pledge puts Chelsea Hotel’s total commitment to the campaign to over $1 million.

As a result, the hotel is being recognized as a Catalyst Donor, defined as a community leader who shares the SickKids vision and who can help transform this vision into a reality and revolutionize paediatric health care access, quality and effectiveness, both at home and around the world.

“We cannot thank the Chelsea Hotel, Toronto enough for steadfastly believing in our vision for the future of SickKids,” said Adam Starkman, Vice President, Corporate Partnerships, SickKids Foundation. “Their generous support means continued investment in educational resources like AboutKidsHealth, in addition to helping us realize our goal of building a renewed, reimagined SickKids with technological and supportive capabilities able to match the world-class care provided by our medical staff.”

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