Local Health & Wellness Groups Get $426,000 in Grants from The James Goreski Private Foundation
2019 lottery winner Jason Goreski and family established a foundation in father’s name to provide assistance and support to others dealing with health-related matters.
James Goreski always told his children that he wished local lottery winners would use a portion of their winnings to give back to their community. So, when his son Jason won the 649 Lottery in 2019, the family’s first order of business was to establish a
foundation in his father’s name.
The James Goreski Private Foundation was created in honour of James Goreski (1941-2017) who passed away after a long battle with cancer. Having experienced the emotional and physical challenges of caring for a loved one going through a long-term medical issue, the family wanted a way to provide assistance and support to others dealing with health-related matters.
The James Goreski Private Foundation’s mission is to improve the lives of Grey and Bruce County residents by providing resources to groups and organizations committed to promoting health and assisting those who suffer from health-related issues.
Since its creation in the fall of 2019, the Foundation has donated a total of $1,288,000 to Grant Recipients for a variety of health and wellness initiatives in the Grey Bruce area. The Foundation’s experience with grantees has highlighted the significant need in Grey Bruce for resources to assist organizations and groups committed to promoting health and assisting those who suffer from health-related issues.
Recent recipients include:
Home & Community Support Services Grey Bruce (HCSS) granted $152,000 to help create four safe and comfortable overnight respite spaces.
Canadian Mental Health Association of Grey Bruce received $50,000 to continue the “Talk Today Program” bringing OHL team players and high school youth together to discuss mental health issues.
PUCK PIGS sponsored by Grey Bruce United Way granted $5,000 to provide ice rentals for a hockey program that brings together newly placed CMHA recipients.
This year also marks the Foundation’s first sponsored Med Ahead Workshop. Open to Grey Bruce students in Grades 10 to 12, the goal of the Med Ahead program is to support, mentoring and education opportunities that will inspire the next generation of healthcare professionals, especially from our own community.
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Source: Deb Shaw, Avenue A