A $1.2 million pledge in mid-February by the Township of Grey Highlands pushed the Centre Grey Hospital campaign’s fundraising total to more than $9 million.
Council’s commitment was lauded by Dr. Hamilton Hall, chair of the campaign, at a meeting of the Hospital Campaign steering committee. “It’s a magnificent decision,” he said, “and a wonderful boost to the campaign. It brings us to 75% of our goal.
“75% will let you graduate from Elementary School. 75% will get you out of High School,” he continued. “But 75% won’t get you into medical school. And 75% won’t get a new hospital built. We’re still $3 million short of our target,” he concluded, “and until we reach that magic $12 million mark, we can’t consider ourselves successful.”
But with 1,100 individuals and businesses having pledged more than $8 million even before Grey Highlands’ decision; with the pledges still rolling in; and with other local municipalities considering Grey Highlands’ example, the chances are good, Dr. Hall said
“I’m confident we’ll make our target,” he told the committee, “and it’s exciting to be nearly there. But ‘nearly’ isn’t nearly good enough. With the Grey Highlands pledge, we have now raised $9,375,000. We must make it all the way. Our goal is within reach. We will continue our hard work and we will succeed.”
Key officials of the Hospital campaign steering committee celebrate
reaching the three-quarter target mark, with raised coffee cups.
From l-r, Dick Kavanagh (Community Volunteers), Dr. Hamilton Hall (General Chairman), David Chapman (Major Gifts) and John S. Black (Community Volunteers).