Magical night under the stars raises $175,000 for Eating Disorders

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Magical night under the stars raises $175,000 for Eating Disorders

More than 200 guests enjoyed a magical spring night under the stars at a private estate in Etobicoke on June 1, 2017. The event was WaterStone Foundation’s third annual Garden Party to raise funds and awareness for Eating Disorders. The evening raised $175,000 that will be directed to fund Eating Disorder programs offered by publicly funded institutions and individuals needing financial aid for treatment.

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$175,000 Raised For Eating Disorder Programs

WATERSTONE FOUNDATION RAISES OVER $175,000 FOR EATING DISORDER PROGRAMS

Torontonians gathered to support the cause at private Garden Party Under the Stars            

Toronto, ON, June 3, 2016 –Last night, Torontonians gathered at a the WaterStone Foundation’s second annual private fundraiser to enjoy a perfect summer evening at a Garden Party Reception, hosted by WaterStone founder and Board Chair Kim Duffy. Nearly 150 guests were graciously welcomed at the stunning Etobicoke residence of John Scullion and Michelle Busic, WaterStone supporters.

More than  $175,000 was raised and used to continue funding eating disorder programs where the need is greatest and the outcomes most profound. Only in its second year, WaterStone has now raised more than $500,000 for eating disorder research, treatment and education. 

Esteemed guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, strolled through the lush gardens overlooking the city, listening to jazz by Steve Hagen, and spent time viewing the extensive private art collection installed throughout the home of the event hosts.

The program included a poignant personal account from a young man and his experience with an eating disorder. He was able to continue treatment and achieve recovery, thanks to financial support from WaterStone Foundation. Also taking the podium was the renowned Dr. Allan Kaplan, Senior Clinician/Scientist at the Center for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, who gave a impactful speech highlighting key elements of the disease the reinforced the need for more research and treatment.

Foundation board members and guests were also celebrating the official announcement of WaterStone’s Inaugural Fund Awards announced earlier that day. Nearly $170,000 was awarded to four Ontario health care facilities offering highly specialized and innovative treatment programs to adults and children with eating disorders, and their families. The announcement date was selected as a gesture of solidarity and support of the World Eating Disorders Action Day, the first such global virtual event be held.

Representatives from the recipient institutions attending the Reception to accept their awards included:  Drs. Cathleen Steinegger and Seena Grewal from The Toronto Hospital for Sick Children, Drs. Patricia Colton and Leslie Buckley from University Health Network and Toronto Western Hospital respectively, Dr. Ahmed Boachie of Southlake Regional Health Centre, Shelly Payne of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Middlesex and Dr. Robbie Campbell of London Health Sciences Centre.

Notable guests who attended to support the cause included: Ruth and Aiden Flatly, Danny Greenglass and Joe Brennan, Mike Bowick and Joanne Peters, Rene and Rocky Pantalone, Julie Sleeman, Chris Dawson, Andrew Galloway, Cara Vaccarino, Ron Suter and DeeDee Eustance, and longtime supporters Eugene and Angelica McBurney, among many others. WaterStone thanks all of its generous sponsors including RBC Foundation and Bell Media for making its event a great success.

More information about WaterStone Foundation Fund recipients and their programs can be found be visiting the News section at www.waterstonefoundation.ca.

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About WaterStone Foundation:
WaterStone Foundation is a registered Canadian charity raising money to support our vision: to create healthy lives free from eating disorders. Our goal is to provide much needed funding to support the full continuum of eating disorders from prevention to treatment and support post treatment through investment in research, hospital programs and financial assistance for patients needing urgent care who fall through the cracks in our public healthcare system. For more information, please visit www.waterstonefoundation.ca.

Media Contact:
Teresa Pagnutti; Teresa.pagnutti@gmail.com; 416-230-0172

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New Funds Program Announced

WaterStone Foundation drives progress in the fight against eating disorders with first ever grant awards

Taking action on the first World Eating Disorders Action Day

Toronto, ON, June 2, 2016 – WaterStone Foundation announced its Inaugural Grants Program today, providing nearly $170,000 to four Ontario facilities offering highly specialized and innovative treatment programs to adults and children with eating disorders, and their families.

“WaterStone Foundation applauds fund recipients for their progressive and inventive approaches to an illness that is not well understood and often stigmitized,” said Kim Duffy, Co-founder and Board Chair of WaterStone Foundation. “Many of our board members and extended community network have first-hand experience in dealing with how this illness targets the individual and families who are affected. We share a vision of healthy lives, free from eating disorders, and are taking action to that end.”

Funds awarded by WaterStone Foundation will be used to:

  • Provide the first integrated intensive treatment in Ontario for individuals who have concurrent eating disorders and substance use problems, a joint undertaking of University Health Network delivered by Toronto General Hospital and Toronto Western Hospital ($50,000);
     
  • Fill an important gap in services across the region by providing transitioning supportive housing in London, Ontario for individuals reintegrating into the community while completing or after having undergone treatment for an eating disorder, with services and support provided by CMHA Middlesex working in collaboration with the Eating Disorders Foundation of Canada and the London Health Science Centre Adult Eating Disorder Program ($50,000);
     
  • Double the existing multi-family group therapy program for a one-year cycle at Southlake Regional Health Centre ($37,750);
     
  • Provide support to The Hospital for Sick Children to help adolescents with eating disorders, and their families, transition to adult eating disorder services ($30,600).

“There are three recognized eating disorders; the most serious of which is anorexia nervosa, an illness that flies in the face of our survival, whereby individuals starve themselves to the point of emaciation and possible death. There is no single cause, nor cure for this illness,” said Dr. Allan S. Kaplan, Senior Clinician/Scientist at the Center for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto.  “Ongoing research and developing new treatment approaches are imperative if we are going to unlock the mysteries behind this disease. WaterStone’s funding recipients are exemplary for applying best practices and taking them to the next level.”

Only in its second year, WaterStone has already raised close to $500,000.  In addition to funding the four grants announced today, WaterStone Foundation has also provided financial aid to seven individuals to be treated at private clinics when they were unable to access appropriate treatment in the public hospital system and did not have the financial means to pay for treatment at a private clinic.

WaterStone’s funding announcement today also demonstrates its support of the first World Eating Disorders Action Day, taking place today.

The Foundation is also is hosting a private Garden Party Fundraiser on June 2, 2016 as part of its ongoing fundraising activities, enabling the Foundation to invest in additional programs and initiatives to help more people with eating disorders. The event is generously being hosted in the private residence of John Scullion and Michelle Busic, WaterStone Foundation supporters. Local business and community leaders will be in attendance, as well as Fund recipients, and members at large from the eating disorders community.

“We jumped on the opportunity to take action on the first World Eating Disorders Action Day, a global virtual event that indicates the urgent and pressing needs for services to help people with eating disorders,” said Duffy. “We are all supportive of addressing the stigma that comes with eating disorders, and driving real progress towards the path of ending eating disorders.”

More information about WaterStone Funding recipients and the programs being funded follows. For more information about WaterStone Foundation, visit: www.waterstonefoundation.ca.

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About WaterStone Foundation:
WaterStone Foundation is a registered Canadian charity raising money to support our vision: to create healthy lives free from eating disorders.

Our goal is to provide much needed funding to support the full continuum of eating disorders from prevention to treatment and support post treatment through investment in research, hospital programs and financial assistance for patients needing urgent care who fall through the cracks in our public healthcare system. For more information, please visit www.waterstonefoundation.ca.

About World Eating Disorders Action Day:
Visit The World Eating Disorders Action Day website for more information.

Media Contact:
Teresa Pagnutti; Teresa.pagnutti@gmail.com; 416-230-0172

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About The Programs We Fund

WaterStone Foundation’s Fund Recipients

Integrated Treatment for Co-Occurring Substance Use Problems and Eating Disorders – University Health Network

Individuals with eating disorders frequently struggle with substance use problems, and the two issues can each complicate and worsen the other. Research suggests when these disorders occur together, recovery can be more difficult to achieve, and even risk of death can increase.

Research on how to best help individuals with these co-occurring issues is sparse, and currently there is no OHIP-covered integrated intensive treatment in Ontario for individuals who have eating disorders and substance use problems. The Eating Disorder Program at Toronto General Hospital is collaborating with the Women’s Addiction Program at Toronto Western Hospital to design and implement the first intervention of this nature with WaterStone Foundation funds. This intervention will focus on helping individuals to understand the relationship between their eating disorder and substance use problem, and to learn and practice specific skills to help achieve and maintain long-term recovery.

The Eating Disorder Program is part of the Centre for Mental Health at University Health Network, a group of University of Toronto-affiliated academic hospitals . The program has an international reputation as a center for excellence in treatment and research, and a long history of evaluating and revising treatment approaches in order to maximize and improve patient outcomes.

 “Individuals with eating disorders often also struggle with substance use problems, but can’t access help for both issues in the same treatment setting, leading to disjointed and poorly coordinated care,” said Dr. Patricia Colton, Medical Director and Co-Head, Eating Disorders Program, University Health Network. “With WaterStone’s generous support, the Eating Disorder Program at Toronto General Hospital will collaborate with their colleagues in the Women’s Addiction Program at Toronto Western Hospital to develop and deliver an innovative module of individual and group treatment for substance use integrated into intensive eating disorder treatment.”

Transitional Supportive Housing  – Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Middlesex, with London Health Science Centre Adult Eating Disorder Program

Discharge from a hospital or residential facility in Canada for someone with an eating disorder can be extremely difficult if there is no effective hometown follow-up. Patients are often discharged from such programs with no interim “safe zone” or home-like setting to help to reintegrate back into their community in a meaningful step-by-step fashion. Without a sustained support system in place, patients can quickly resort to unhealthy coping strategies.

With WaterStone support, The Eating Disorders Transitional Supportive Housing Program would provide a home in the community of London for individuals completing or who have completed treatment for an eating disorder and who are in need of further support to practice their skills learned in treatment in a normalized setting.  The program would provide evening support staff who would provide at a minimum; meal support as needed, support with grocery shopping and support with referrals to community agencies, schools and employment as needed. Relaxation, yoga and mindfulness groups will be some of the groups offered onsite. London Health Science Centre Adult Eating Disorder Program will work collaboratively with CMHA Middlesex to support the needs of mutual clients.

“With help from WaterStone Foundation, we are working to fill a gap in services as eating disorder patients move from their treatment programs to a healthy community setting,” said Chris Babcock, Director, Supportive Housing, CMHA Middlesex. “We believe a supportive environment in our homes will encourage recovery for individuals experiencing an eating disorders and enhance their quality of life, skills and sense of worth.”

Transition Program – The Eating Disorders Program at The Hospital for Sick Children

 Approximately half of adolescents with eating disorders recover while 50% continue to be affected by either subclinical eating disorders or a chronic illness course. Consequently, the majority of adolescents with eating disorders will require transition of care from pediatric to adult care services for management of their chronic illness.  Unfortunately, those who do not make the transition to adult services successfully face increased morbidity and mortality. 

Currently, there is no standard procedure, protocol or pathway for transitioning adolescents to adult eating disorder services or research evaluating interventions to facilitate the transition.

To help youth and their families navigate the process,  the Eating Disorders Program at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) will be using a grant from the WaterStone Foundation to help develop a transition program for young adult eating disorder patients and their families in order to maximize the likelihood they receive timely and appropriate care after leaving the pediatric system with the goal of maximizing health outcomes for young adults with eating disorders.

The Eating Disorders Program at SickKids diagnoses and treats children and adolescents with eating disorders in inpatient, outpatient and day hospital settings. It is the primary treatment site for the central Toronto area and is a specialty centre for the province of Ontario.  SickKids assesses up to 150 new patients each year and have over 80 active patients in its program at any given time.

“Transition from pediatric to adult care is a challenging process for those suffering from eating disorders for a variety of reasons, including differences in treatment approaches, developmental issues and waitlists that decrease the chance of successful transition and positive health outcomes,” said Dr. Cathleen Steinegger, Head, Eating Disorders Program, The Hospital for Sick Children.

Multi Family Group Therapy Program for Children and Adolescents with Eating Disorders - Southlake Regional Health Centre

Southlake Regional Health Centre has been appointed by the Ministry of Health as a leader in supporting the development of programing for children and adolescents with Eating Disorders.  It has been providing services to children and families in York Region and Simcoe County for 17 years. Recent research shows that parents are crucial to their children’s success.  Children have the best recovery outcomes when their families play a central role in their care.

Southlake Regional Health Centre’s program offers three levels of care for families: outpatient treatment, day treatment and inpatient treatment. As part of its outpatient program, it has successfully run several Multi Family Group Therapy programs over the last 10 years. Up to eight families with children or adolescents at different stages of recovery from an eating disorder are treated, requiring a one-year commitment on an outpatient basis from families. These groups have reduced the Centre’s wait list and have insured quick and efficient delivery of treatment.  With WaterStone funds, the Centre will be in a position to double the capacity of the Multi Family Group Therapy program by introducing another cycle of treatment.

“Southlake’s philosophy is that parents are crucial to their child’s recovery,” said Dr. Ahmed Boachie, Clinical Director, Eating Disorder Programs, Southlake Regional Health Centre. “Offering this specialized programming provides much needed family based eating disorders therapy to children, adolescents and their families in a time sensitive manner, promoting a return to health as quickly as possible. We thank WaterStone Foundation for its support.”

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WaterStone Foundation Fundraiser

WaterStone Foundation Raises Over $200,000 for Eating Disorder Research, Treatment and Education

Torontonians gathered to support the cause at private cocktail event hosted by founder Kim Duffy at the home of Daniel J. Greenglass and Joe Brennan

May 28, 2015 (Toronto, ON) – Last night, Torontonians gathered for the official launch and first large-scale fundraising effort for WaterStone Foundation at the stunning College Street residence of Daniel J. Greenglass and Joe Brennan, set in a refurbished church. WaterStone was founded by Kim Duffy, inspired by her daughter’s personal struggle with an eating disorder, the Foundation seeks to change the lack of access to care for this potentially deadly illness by providing funding for specialized treatment to Canadians in need.

Esteemed guests were greeted with a powerful WaterStone Foundation video displayed on a large screen. Produced by Buck Productions, the compilation featured moving words from parents and patients who have been affected by eating disorders and concurrent issues. 

As cocktails and hors d’oeuvres were passed, a particularly poignant moment took place: Kim Duffy’s touching keynote address, sharing her family’s story of agonizing wait-times and the hard choice to seek private treatment in the United States, experiences that many Canadian families face. Seeing her daughter at the event happy and healthy, Kim’s message was hopeful: with timely care, the illness can be battled. WaterStone has already been able to help five recipients access private treatment close to home and, together with the generosity of both guests and sponsors, last night’s event raised over $200,000, in order to help even more Canadians build lives worth living.

Notable guests who attended to support the cause included: DeeDee Taylor Eustace, Linda O’Leary, Jimmy Molloy, Rene and Rocky Pantalone, Ken and Pauline Hood, Mark Wellings, John Hawkrigg and Deb Robinson, among many others.  WaterStone thanks all of its generous sponsors including RBC Foundation, Tamarack North Ltd. and Buck Productions for making its first fundraising event a great success.

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About WaterStone Foundation

WaterStone Foundation provides need-based financial assistance to individuals with an eating disorder diagnosis who are seeking treatment. In order to further help people with eating disorders, the founders of WaterStone Clinic created a foundation dedicated to the cause, understanding that specialized treatment without the assistance of OHIP can be costly and ongoing for years. Their goal is to help families by providing financial relief and access to treatment. Through fundraising, the foundation will be able to give financial support to people who could not otherwise afford treatment. In addition to providing financial assistance for treatment, the Foundation also offers grants to students and researchers in the eating disorder field. For more information, please visit www.waterstonefoundation.ca.

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