After the loss of their beloved son and brother, James Patrick Peek, at the age of 17, the Peek family was determined to raise awareness of mental health issues and help to remove the stigma often associated with suicide and depression.
“If we can prevent even one family from suffering the tragedy we experienced, we will have been successful,” said Randy Peek.
Each year on June 30 – James’ birthday – the Peek Family, together with family and friends, celebrate James’ life by hosting a golf tournament and dinner to raise awareness in the community and fund initiatives to improve Mental Health Services at York Central Hospital (now Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital).
In the last 16 years, they have raised nearly $400,000 and generously funded a mental health library, an in-patient dining room, the James Peek Memorial Lectureship Series and the James Peek Mental Health Outpatient Services.
MORE EXCEPTIONAL DONORS
On Tuesday, September 25, John A. D’Angelo, Giuseppe Maio and Claudio Memme of HBNG Holborn Group donated $2M to Mackenzie Health Foundation’s $250-million Exceptional Care Belongs Here campaign.
On Wednesday, May 30, TransCanada Corporation announced pledged $250K to Mackenzie Health Foundation’s $250-million Exceptional Care Belongs Here campaign
On Tuesday, March 27, Anatolia Tile + Stone pledged $1 million to Mackenzie Health Foundation’s $250-million Exceptional Care Belongs Here campaign.
The Carlo and Angela Baldassarra Family pledges $5M to Mackenzie Health Foundation’s $250-million Exceptional Care Belongs Here campaign
Longo’s Family Charitable Foundation’s gift of $1 million to the future Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital inspired by a sense of family.
Giving to Mackenzie Health was an easy choice: their customer base resides in the Vaughan area and it is the hospital for many of their employees and clients.
Siblings Edward Sorbara, Marcella Tanzola and Gregory Sorbara stand together before a rustic log cabin that is a symbol both of their family’s deep ties to Vaughan and of the proud heritage that has helped to make Vaughan the progressive city it is today.
Through an annual golf tournament marking the birthday of the late James Peek, his family has generated nearly $400,000 to help raise awareness of mental health issues.