As of today, Abbotsford Canuck Place raised $9.8 million towards its second-phase target of $13 million for its children's hospice.
Making the news even sweeter, Dave Lede added $2.5 million from his family charitable foundation.
Now the 30,000-square-foot children's hospice I've been talking about in my last two blogs will be called the Abbotsford Canuck Place Dave Lede House.
I met Dave Lede and his son Richard (above) at the Canuck Place campaign launch this morning at the west end of the Campus of Care site (at the hole where the hospice will be built). Both guys are remarkably humble and wonderful to talk to. Dave heads the Ledcor Group of Companies which is building Canuck Place in Abbotsford.
More than 100 people attending the announcement, some of the most generous in the community, were thrilled with Dave Lede's donation (as Canuck Place communications and marketing director Thomas Marshall directed traffic for the media). Canuck Place enthusiasts may recognize hospice board chair John Rose (far left) and CEO Filomena Nalewajek.
The crowd listened patiently ... then dispersed.
Fundraising is just beginning publicly for Abbotsford Canuck Place.
The fun continues ... and social media rock stars like Kristi Ferguson, Caree Bray, Danielle Knowles, Teri-Lyn Conrad and their hard-working Fraser Valley Twestival crew are planning an event at Langley Cascades Casino on Thursday, March 24.
Click here for all the details and to buy tickets. A podcast interview on the event can be heard here. They will tell you in their own words what spectacular Twestival food and entertainment is on tap.