Food, fashion raise $650,000; NYGH Heart of Fashion

National Post; Sat Jan 18 2014; Page: FP13; Section: News; Byline: Amoryn Engel; Column: Amoryn Engel; Source: National Post
North York General Hospital recently hosted Heart of Fashion in the Town Square at Shops at Don Mills in Toronto. More than 500 guests attended the event, which featured gourmet food, a fashion show and live entertainment. The fashion show was hosted by Honorary Fashion Show Chairwoman Jeanne Beker, with runway presentations by noted Canadian designers and retailers from the Shops at Don Mills.

North York General Hospital is affiliated with the University of Toronto and is one of Canada's leading community academic hospitals.

They provide exceptional health care to diverse communities in the GTA. With the help of presenting sponsor, BMO Financial Group; fashion show sponsor, Shops at Don Mills; and Champagne reception sponsor, Bank of Nova Scotia, the event raised more than $650,000. Proceeds from Heart of Fashion will support North York General's transformation of a historic property that is located near the hospital's main site.

Phillips House, a heritage estate owned by the hospital, will be preserved while becoming a beautiful, welcoming facility for women and children's outpatient mental health care, unlike any other in Canada. Heart of Fashion will profile the importance of investing in a warm, non-clinical space for mental health care. "The new Heart of Fashion was a phenomenal success," says Terry Pursell, president and chief executive, North York General Foundation.

"We are so grateful to all of our sponsors, guests and supporters for helping us to reach and exceed our goal. Thank you for making a world of difference at North York General."