More than 1,300 professionals turned out for the 33rd Annual Building Industry Luncheon (BIL) to benefit United Way York Region. There was a buzz of excitement in the air in the packed ballroom at Le Parc in Markham, as the announcement was made that the event raised $1,015,900!
Keynote speaker, The Honourable Steven Del Duca, MPP Vaughan and Minister of Transportation, commended the builders for their collective leadership and enduring generosity by carrying on the tradition of the BIL founders, the late Alfredo De Gasperis (Honorary Chair) and the late Marco Muzzo. Metrus Development Inc. continues to bring together building industry professionals for this luncheon under the guidance of Co-Chairs 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.
Citing “progress over politics” and “solid results over rhetoric,” Mr. Del Duca spoke to the transportation improvements that have benefited York Region, including the completion of the first phase of the Highway 407 extension. He also mentioned that construction of Highway 427 up to Major Mackenzie Drive will begin next year, and that the government is reviewing the Greenbelt Plan to determine the path forward for development.
Mr. Del Duca ended with a tribute to the builders who create neighbourhoods and also build hospitals and schools, which he called “cathedrals of health and learning.” He thanked BIL participants for their philanthropy in creating a better social structure for our communities.
Today’s Homes & Condominiums was proud to be part of this phenomenal luncheon, which was sponsored by DG Group™ and is United Way York Region’s most successful one-day fundraising event. The monies raised will go toward the Community Fund, through which the organization helps kids be all they can be, moves people from poverty to possibility, and builds strong neighbourhoods. Donations support nearly 100 programs that provide critical social services to single parents, young children and teens, abused women, the physically challenged and elderly, the homeless, new immigrants to Canada and others in need. United Way York Region works to support partner agencies who interact directly with those who need help the most.
At Today’s Homes & Condominiums, we see firsthand the outpouring of generosity that comes from the builders who advertise with us, for United Way York Region and numerous other charitable causes. Our new home builders make Ontario stronger economically, physically and socially, and for that, we thank them.