Can a fun night on the town make an impact on healthcare? Yes it can! Right here in Toronto’s east end, East End Eats, a sold-out event hosted by the Impact Council, raised over $70,000 for Michael Garron Hospital.
On June 2, 2022, East End Eats welcomed 150 guests to sample beverages and food at three Queen Street East venues: Barrio Cerveceria, Brickworks Cider House and Eastbound Brewing Company. Attendees capped the evening at the Broadview Hotel to the sweet sounds of musical performer Gareth Bush.
“We’re grateful to everyone who helped make our inaugural event, East End Eats, such an incredible success,” says Lea Matulovic, Co-Chair of the Impact Council, a group of philanthropic young professionals. “Thanks to our supporters, we’ll be able to advance the wonderful care Michael Garron Hospital provides throughout the community many of us call home.”
Proceeds from East End Eats will support a hospital project that requires funding. The project will be selected by the Impact Council after hearing pitches by Michael Garron Hospital healthcare teams on ideas relating to patient care, research and equipment. Stay tuned for an announcement about the selected project later this summer.
In addition to ticket sales and donations, East End Eats inspired the generosity of many businesses, including Fitzrovia, presenting sponsor of the event.
“Fitzrovia is proud to support Michael Garron Hospital and we’re delighted to help East End Eats collaborate with local businesses in this vibrant neighbourhood. Both the hospital and surrounding businesses are parts of what make East Toronto such a great place to live and work,” says Ariana Mussato, Manager, Corporate Administration at Fitzrovia and a co-chair of the Impact Council.
Established in 2021, the Impact Council is dedicated to supporting Michael Garron Hospital by collaborating with local businesses and residents on initiatives that benefit everyone living in East Toronto.
“From delivering babies to setting broken bones, from providing COVID-19 vaccines to performing life-saving surgery, Michael Garron Hospital touches our lives in countless ways. We know that by helping the hospital, we’re contributing to a healthier, more resilient East Toronto community,” says George Tory, Co-Chair of the Impact Council.
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