Waterstone Foundation Raises Over $200,000 For Eating Disorder Research, Treatment And Education
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.
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.