TORONTO, June 23 /PRNewswire/ - Solidifi Inc., North America's premier next generation appraisal management company, today announced that its charitable foundation helped raise $100,000 at the first annual Kasting 4 Kids fly fishing event on April 30, 2010 at Ontario's Franklin Club. Kasting 4 Kids was created to help raise funds for children with disabilities at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital (formerly Bloorview Kids Rehab), Canada's largest children's rehabilitation teaching hospital.
The event was co-sponsored by leaders in Toronto's financial and professional community, including title sponsor Solidifi Charitable Foundation as well as Altus Group; BMO Bank of Montreal; Davis + Henderson; The Franklin Club; Genworth Financial; HKMB Hub International; National Bank Financial; Royal Bank of Canada; Paradigm Capital; and Whitecastle Investments. The occasion featured one-on-one instruction from Canada's fly fishing expert, Ian James, and the support of 20 of Ontario's top fly fishing guides. All guests received complimentary fishing gear from Orvis Fly Fishing Equipment.
According to Solidifi President and CEO, Jason Smith, Kasting 4 Kids is distinctive among fundraising events. "With so many golf, walk and run events competing for charitable dollars, it was important to introduce a unique event," he says. "We felt that its distinctiveness would definitely stand out in the crowd and help us achieve our fundraising goals. Based on the response we received, we definitely succeeded."
Valerie McMurtry, President and CEO, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation echoes Smith's sentiments: "The uniqueness of the event absolutely contributed to its success," she says. "We are thrilled that Kasting 4 Kids was created especially for Holland Bloorview. Community and corporate support allows Holland Bloorview to push beyond the traditional boundaries of healthcare to offer the innovative treatments, programs, services and technologies that transform the lives of children with disabilities. Holland Bloorview is committed to helping kids with even the most severe disabilities live ordinary and sometimes extraordinary lives - just like other kids."
The Franklin Club was selected as the Kasting 4 Kids venue for two reasons: It has a rich association with Ontario's hospital community and it's located within the Greater-Toronto-Area. In fact, the Club was established as a weekend retreat in 1909 by a group of doctors from Toronto's St. Michael's Hospital. Today, the club occupies 200 acres within the Oak Ridges Moraine and is a member-owned, private recreational fishing club specializing in fly-fishing for rainbow and speckled trout. Says Jim Oosterbroek, Manager of the Franklin Club: "The Club is thrilled to be associated with Kasting 4 Kids and honoured to have hosted the first annual event. We had an amazing first year and we're looking forward to many more years of fundraising."
Jason Smith stated, "We're enthusiastically looking forward to many more years of assisting Holland Bloorview and the children and families who use its services. Special thanks to everyone, including the Solidifi team, the Kasting 4 Kids committee and members of The Franklin Club for making it all happen."
About Solidifi Inc.
Solidifi is a leading provider of property valuation, collateral risk management and data analytic services to the North American financial services industry. Solidifi provides customers with a flexible service platform for procuring collateral valuation, data solutions, and other real estate services from marketplace vendors and appraisers, with complete transparency and data to make incredibly smart decisions. Solidifi currently serves leading global financial institutions and is located in Chicago, Toronto, Montreal and Calgary. Additional information about Solidifi is available at www.solidifi.com.
About Solidifi Charitable Foundation
The Solidifi Charitable Foundation is a not-for-profit organization devoted to enhancing the quality of life for children with disabilities and their families. The Foundation's mission is to support global research, facility enhancements, short term family accommodations and housing finance programs. The Solidifi Charitable Foundation supports children's rehabilitation charities across Canada through fundraising activities involving clients, partners, suppliers and employees.
About Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation
Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation develops relationships and raises funds in the community for Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. Holland Bloorview is Canada's largest children's rehabilitation and complex continuing care teaching hospital, fully affiliated with the University of Toronto. Holland Bloorview's work covers the full spectrum from clinical care and treatment, to assistive technologies and rehab therapies, to creative arts, education and research to empower children with disabilities and their families. Please visit www.hollandbloorview.ca.
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