At Today’s Homes & Condominiums, we take our responsibility as part of York Region Media Group’s “community” newspapers seriously, and so do our advertisers. York Region builders go far beyond the bricks and mortar of the homes and neighbourhoods they create by supporting a strong social infrastructure for a healthier greater community. The upcoming 33rd Annual Building Industry Luncheon (BIL) to support United Way York Region is a prime example.
Last year, United Way York Region’s most successful one-day fundraising event raised $829,250 for the organization’s community priorities: helping kids be all they can be, moving people from poverty to possibility, and building strong neighbourhoods. Sponsored by DG Group™, this year’s event will be held on Wednesday, June 10th at LeParc in Markham, and to give you some idea of the industry’s generosity and enthusiasm about helping, approximately 1,400 builders and other industry professionals are expected. The keynote speaker will be the Honourable Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation. I’ve been privileged to be part of the York Region Media Group contingent at this luncheon several times, and I’m always amazed at the turnout and the excited buzz in the air. This phenomenal outpouring of support is all thanks to DG Group™, which has brought industry leaders together for this cause for 33 years. The luncheon was started by co-founders, the late Alfredo De Gasperis, Honorary BIL Chair, and the late Marco Muzzo, to improve neighbourhoods across York Region. They left a legacy so admired that the tradition continues under the dynamic leadership of CoChairs Jim V. De Gasperis, President and CEO, Condrain Group; Wayne Emmerson, Chairman and CEO, The Regional Municipality of York; and Marc A. Muzzo, President, Pemberton Group.
In addition to playing a key role in Ontario’s economic engine, the new home building industry is a driving force when it comes to philanthropy. These leaders set an example by putting their money where their heart is. Why United Way York Region? The funds raised go into the Community Fund, which in turn supports services that improve people’s lives. In fact, donations support nearly 100 programs that provide critical social services to hundreds of thousands of people throughout York Region. Among those whose lives are bettered by this tremendous effort are single parents, young children and teens, abused women, the physically challenged and elderly, the homeless and new immigrants to Canada. United Way York Region works to meet the critical needs of partner agencies who interact directly with those who need help the most.
Everyone at Today’s Homes & Condominiums is proud to bring new home builders’ messages to the public. For us, it’s more than just business; we also see firsthand how much the builders in York Region and beyond work toward creating homes and neighbourhoods that nurture quality of life — and how they reach out to the greater community to help those in need. The BIL is all about civic mindedness and a dedicated commitment to give back to York Region.
Again, we at Today’s Homes & Condominiums applaud the community of new home building professionals, and we look forward to this year’s event with enthusiasm. For more information on United Way York Region, visit york.unitedway.ca.
As of July 1st, United Way York Region will join United Way Toronto to officially become: United Way Toronto & York Region. The new merged entity will continue to have two locations and cover 10 municipalities. Together, the organization will invest in 240 social service agencies and support 832 programs and services, building stronger neighbourhoods across the Greater Toronto Area.<