From the Burlington Post
By Kathy Yanchus
A philanthropic Burlington family has promised to match community donations dollar-for-dollar — up to $5 million — in order to help the Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation (JBHF) achieve its $60 million community fundraising initiative.
The Pasquale and Anita Paletta Family Match Challenge is intended to help raise the final $10 million toward the foundation's Our New Era campaign goal.
The announcement was made official this morning (Tuesday) at Spencer’s at the Waterfront.
“Our father has always instilled in us the importance of giving back to your community and we’re pleased to be able to support quality healthcare in Burlington,” said son Angelo Paletta.
“We have seen and heard firsthand about the impact that the redevelopment and expansion of our community hospital will have, and we wanted to bring the community together to support it.”
The hospital foundation's campaign is in its “home stretch” and Paletta believes the community will come through to provide the balance.
“Whether it’s $1, $5, $100 or thousands of dollars, we are fully prepared, and look forward to, matching the amount.”
At some point in time, everyone in Burlington is going to need the hospital and residents want to know that the facility is there and they’re going to get the best care possible, Angelo added.
“We are incredibly thankful to the Paletta family for their extraordinary support,” said Anissa Hilborn, president of the JBHF. “Their commitment to our hospital and leadership within our community is demonstrated through their decision to create this community match challenge.
“Through their support, our community can double the impact of their gifts and help us reach our campaign goal and ultimately our goal of a new Joseph Brant hospital.”
Burlington has been home to the Paletta family since 1964; Jo Brant has served three generations of the family.
“I’ve grown up here, I work here every day, and I play here. MoneySense magazine has called it the No. 1 medium-sized city in the country. It’s been good to us. We’ve done very well here and over the 50 years, we’ve contributed back to the city many, many times. My father has always had the belief where you are based, and where you make your living, to make it a better place to live, you need to give back to the community.”
For more information about the $5 million Paletta Family Match Challenge or to donate online, visit jointhej.ca.