The De Gasperis and Kohn families, huge names in the new homebuilding industry, recently announced a significant donation to the Mackenzie Health Foundation in support of the development of the Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital.
The De Gasperis family (founders of TACC Group of Companies) and the Kohn family (founders of the Fieldgate Group of Companies) together donated $20 million, which is the largest gift the Foundation has ever received.
“On behalf of my brothers Carlo and Michael, the TACC family is so proud to call the City of Vaughan home,” says Silvio De Gasperis, on behalf of the De Gasperis Family and TACC Group of Companies. “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. We congratulate Mayor Bevilacqua for his continued leadership and dedication to the City of Vaughan and Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital.”
The gift has been dedicated to The Giovanni De Gasperis ♦ Eugene Kohn Learning Centre, which will feature teaching and simulation labs, conference and learning spaces, and a state-of-the-art auditorium. The facility will be an essential space, keeping physicians, nurses, and other staff up to date and educated on the latest health technology and procedures.
“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,” says 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. Congratulations to Mayor Bevilacqua for his continued commitment to the growth of the City of Vaughan.”
Construction on the Hospital began in October 2016 and is scheduled for completion in late 2020. The 1.2 million square foot hospital will be equipped with smart technology systems and medical devices, making it the most advanced community health facility in the country.
“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,” says Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua. “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 entire project is estimated to cost $1.6 billion. The Foundation is aiming to raise $250 million in community contributions. With the gift from the De Gasperis and Kohn families, the Foundation has raised $103 million from the community.