Holiday Message from Heartwood Place
We are sending Best Wishes for 2018, along with Sincere Thanks for another year of outstanding support. The appreciation & gratefulness comes from everyone at Heartwood Place -- but especially from the tenants who benefit from living in our apartments.
2017 was another year of hard work and planning for Heartwood Place.
Building more affordable housing has always been the goal of Heartwood Place. With two completed buildings and 99 units the Organization committed themselves to expanding with a third project. This past January a third location was purchased (with an additional 21 units and lots of potential) in the heart of Cambridge. This building is located in the heart of Preston and will be a great fit for the organization. Due to the age of the building we have spent 2017 hard at work repairing and renovating existing units to bring them up to Heartwood Place standards. We’ve also been planning for construction of additional units on the large lot behind the building. Our end goal for this property is 30-50 units of affordable housing while maintaining some of the amazing historic character of the building as well as the current tenants which some have called home for many years. Our plans for 2018 will include a Capital Funding Drive to make the additional 20-30 units in Project 3 a reality.
In the spring Heartwood Place was awarded a donation of over $14,000 from 100 Men Who Give A Damn Waterloo Region towards a full renovation of one of our suites in the Project 3. This renovation will include a much needed complete Kitchen & Bathroom renovation. We are very grateful to this local organization who were able to impact the lives of our future tenants in such a positive and direct way.
The Homes, Gardens & All That Jazz fundraiser was held in November and was another great success. It was a beautiful evening at Deer Ridge Golf Club of jazz, fine food and exciting auction items all to raise funds and awareness to the need for more affordable housing in the Waterloo Region. Over $17,700 was raised and we look forward to holding this event again in the future!
Upon reflection of the past year, taking ownership of an “older building” in need of quite a bit of “tender loving care” as well as taking on additional 21 new tenants to manage has been a challenge; however with the excitement of finally taking ownership of the property for Project 3, the addition of some new part time staff & volunteers and a successful fundraiser under our belt the Board of Directors is looking forward to 2018. We look forward to continued support and a new project this year. Your support moving forward is needed now more than ever. We could not have made this great step forward without you.
Susan Raymond, Chair of the Board
Homes, Gardens & All That Jazz - November 18th
We are happy to announce that this memorable evening at Deer Ridge Golf Club of Gourmet Food, Great Live Jazz, Exciting Live & Silent Auctions raised over $17,000 to help support building more affordable housing in Waterloo Region.
Amazing Race for Heartwood Place
The Amazing Race for HEARTWOOD PLACE was launched in 2006 to create awareness and support of our work to provide more affordable housing in the Region of Waterloo. Based upon the hit reality show, The Amazing Race for Heartwood Place includes exciting and unexpected challenges across Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge which test skill, navigation and speed.
The 11th Annual Amazing Race for Heartwood Place was held on June 11th and was a great success raising over $14,000 for more affordable housing in the Waterloo Region. Families & Friends had a wonderful day of adventure and challenges. Thank You to all our supporters!
Homes, Gardens & All that Jazz
HOMES, GARDENS & ALL THAT JAZZ held on November 21 2015 was a great success. The evening was hosted by Deer Ridge Golf Club, guests enjoyed delectable marché-style food, exceptional jazz by the Paul Stouffer Quartet and exciting Silent & Live Auctions with a terrific array of items. This wonderful evening was a highlight for many of our supporters and raised over $24,000 for HEARTWOOD PLACE to provide more affordable housing in our community.
This all-day event held on June 7 to raise $$ and awareness for the need for affordable housing was a great success raising over $17,000.
Thank you to our 2015 Sponsors, Participants and Volunteers!!!
We are excited to plan 2016 with new and fun-filled challenges to test your brain & brawn. Get your friends, family members & co-workers together for a great day of adventure around the Waterloo Region.
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Lebkuchendorf, held October 19 at Kitchener City Hall was a lot of fun! In English it means "GINGERBREAD VILLAGE" and that's what we created as over 20 groups of families and friends decorated their own gingerbread houses to celebrate KW Octoberfest. Thank you to our Volunteers for helping make this a fun & family friendly event for Oktoberfest!
Heartwood Place is excited to announce that on May 29 2013 they were chosen as beneficiaries for a $5,000 donation from the Youth Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) Project through St. David Catholic Secondary School in Waterloo. YPI is a charitable organization that inspires youth in high school to become involved in their community to fundraise money and bring awareness to a local organization. A Special Thank You to YPI for the generous donation and to students Joseph Scarfone, Derek Fusari, Liam Nebrough and grade 10 teacher Jason Leduc for their great commitment and enthusiastic efforts.
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The Eleventh Annual Heartwood Blues on March 2 2013 was a great success! Performances by Matt Storch & The Usual Suspects, The Paul James Band and Fraser Daley were fantastic and enjoyed by everyone. Thank you to all our amazing attendees, performers and contributers for helping to support affordable housing in the Waterloo Region. See you next year!
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Heartwood Place is excited to announce that three young men from our community cycled across Canada in support of our organization and raised over $22,600 to support affordable housing in our community. Jordan Schmidt, Kyle Martin and Tyler Cadman left Waterloo on June 17 2012 and cycled to St. John's Newfoundland where they dipped their bike wheels into the ocean. They then flew to Vancouver and continued their journey across the Canadian west, arriving at Kitchener City Hall on August 7 2012. There were loud cheers and congratulations from their friends and family who welcomed them home! Special thanks to Doug Mochrie of M.O. Social Media, Royal Distributing and Marin Bikes for exceptional support.
July 12 2012 was the perfect day for the Westmount Charity Golf Tournament. HEARTWOOD PLACE was grateful to be named the "charity of choice" for this year's golf tournament and received over $26,000 to support more affordable housing in our region. While receiving national recognition for being an exceptional course, Westmount should also be recognized for its commitment to our community. Thanks to Coldwell Banker Peter Realty for being the title sponsor, to many other sponsors and contributors to the auction, with special thanks to Rick Smerchinski, chair of the committee who "makes it happen"!
It was a beautiful evening and the Victoria Park Pavilion was a wonderful setting for another marvelous performance by Alysha Brillinger, a brilliant young musician from our community. Then followed an exceptional performance by Ashley MacIsaac whose fiddle was on fire, accompanied by Barbara Magone whose fingers were hitting the ivory keys with great speed. June 20, 2012 will be an evening to remember for everyone in the audience.