Left to Right: Susan Paterino, Renata Rizzardi, Mitch Marner, Mayor Bevilacqua, Mary Grace Tatangelo, Jennifer Valentyne, Sam Ciccolini

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Vaughan, ON – The annual Hospice Vaughan Gala was a historic and emotional event.  The sold-out event, was held on October 18, 2019, at the Terrace Banquet Hall. Over 1000 guests were in attendance, raising a record $450,000 in support of Hospice Vaughan’s much needed program and services offered in the community. A special thanks to the evening’s presenting sponsors, Carpenters Union Local 27, Carpenters Union Local 675- Interior Systems, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades – District Counsel 42 (IUPAT), and Interior Systems Contractors Association of Ontario (ISCA).

Throughout the evening guests participated in both a live and silent auction. A special thank you to Mitch Marner of the Toronto Maple Leafs, who made a generous donation and graciously provided the guests with an opportunity to bid on a game worn jersey and autographed memorabilia with proceeds directly supporting the Hospice program and services.

“We are incredibly grateful to our community for their overwhelming generosity, which helps us continue to deliver exceptional client care,” said Belinda Marchese, Executive Director, Hospice Vaughan. Thank you to our 

many sponsors, our Gala Co-Chairs – Susan Paterino and Mary Grace Tatangelo; Honorary Chairs – Sam Ciccolini and Claudio Mazzotta, Gala Committee, the Board of Directors, donors, staff, and to our volunteers whose efforts and passion made the Gala such a success.

Dr. Vincent Maida, Hospice Palliative Care Physician and former Hospice Vaughan Board Director, was also celebrated at the event as this year’s 2019 Community Ambassador Honouree. This award recognizes individuals who demonstrate and advocate meaning of civic and social responsibility for Hospice Palliative Care.

Next year’s event date is set for Friday, October 16, 2020, and there is already strong interest from corporate executives, donors, the community, and media to participate in Hospice Vaughan Gala 2020!


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About Hospice Vaughan
Since 1995, Hospice Vaughan, a not-for-profit organization, has been providing compassionate support to individuals facing a life-limiting illness, their caregivers or those who have experienced the loss of a loved one. We provide various programs and services that include in-home visiting volunteers, a day program, grief and bereavement support, counselling and wellness services and children’s support. Our services extend out to caregivers, family members and friends who also need support through their loved one’s journey and through their grief. Hospice Vaughan is now building a Centre of Excellence 10-Bed Residential Hospice that will serve terminally ill individuals and will support other individuals and families impacted by their illness. This new facility will also house the new Hospice Vaughan Institute for Hospice Palliative Care. All our programs and services are offered free of charge.

For more information contact:
Muthoni Kariuki, Manager, Development and Communication, Hospice Vaughan
905-850-6266 Ext. 202