6 August 2020
Grosvenor Americas raise over $35K for Ronald McDonald House in partnership with HSBC Canada Sevens
Two initiatives raised a total of $35,065 for Ronald McDonald House BC & Yukon.
Over the course of the past year, in partnership with the HSBC Canada Sevens Men’s Team, Grosvenor Americas (Grosvenor) has been striving to deliver meaningful initiatives in support of Ronald McDonald House BC & Yukon (RMH), an organization that provides seriously ill children and their families with accommodation, while receiving treatment at nearby BC Children’s Hospital. Through Grosvenor’s sponsorship of the HSBC Canada Sevens’ tournament’s 50-50 draw, as well as a newly introduced fundraising initiative, ‘Boots to Kick Cancer’, a donation of $35,065 has been presented to Ronald McDonald House BC & Yukon.
The relationship with RMH traces back to March 2019 when Grosvenor, Premier Partner of HSBC Canada Sevens, became aware of an initiative led by the Canadian Men’s Sevens Team in support of four-year-old Abbotsford, BC native, Paisley MacRury, who was diagnosed with the leukemia in late 2018. Paisley’s father, Graeme MacRury, is a long-time member of the Abbotsford Rugby Football Club, the home club of current national team stars Jake Thiel and Justin Douglas. Thiel, a fellow Abbotsford native, was quick to embrace the story of Paisley and her battle with leukemia, subsequently bringing it forward to the rest of the team. Inspired by Paisley’s bravery, the team began lacing-up their boots with orange laces, which represents leukemia awareness, at the HSBC New Zealand Sevens tournament in January 2019 to carry Paisley’s fighting spirit out onto the rugby field. The orange laces movement has since gone viral, with numerous teams around the world coming together to show their support for Paisley’s fight and to raise leukemia awareness.
We're incredibly proud to be a part of this program, and to see how much good it has done in a short amount of time," said Thiel. "Paisley and all of the children at Ronald McDonald House are superheroes, and we're proud to give back anyway we can."
Moved by the initiative, several Grosvenor employees volunteered with RMH and the Company followed with a generous financial donation to and a commitment to continue their support during HSBC Canada Sevens 2020. At the annual event held in March at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, Grosvenor sponsored the 50-50 draw which split proceeds between RMH and the BC Rugby Union. Additionally, Grosvenor helped launch the ‘Boots to Kick Cancer’ initiative where Canadian players donned custom painted boots featuring artwork from young residents of RMH. Each pair of hand-detailed boots, designed by renowned local artist, Diego Zuniga, were auctioned online following the tournament. Together the two initiatives combined raised $35,065.25 for RMH.
“When we heard about Paisley’s journey and learned that over 2,000 families a year rely on Ronald McDonald House for accommodation while they travel to Vancouver with their ill or injured child, we wanted to help. ” said Patti Glass, Director of Corporate Marketing and Communications at Grosvenor Americas. “We were thrilled to present the 50-50 draw and facilitate the Boots to Kick Cancer initiative and we will continue to find innovative ways, working alongside HSBC Canada Sevens, to show our commitment to such a worthy cause.”
“We are extremely grateful for the support of Grosvenor, Rugby Canada and BC Rugby Union. The HSBC Canada Sevens tournament this year was inspiring to be a part of; the passion, teamwork and dedication of the athletes, and the outstanding tournament experience embodied the hard fought battles that kids and families face every day at Ronald McDonald House BC & Yukon,” said Richard Pass, CEO, RMH BC & Yukon. “We are grateful for the ongoing partnership of the Rugby community as we continue to serve families when they relocate to Vancouver with a critically ill child. “
For information on how to support Ronald McDonald House BC & Yukon please visit https://rmhbc.ca/.
About Grosvenor Americas
Grosvenor Americas is an active developer and investor in several high-quality cities across the U.S. and Canada. Our strategy is to invest in vibrant urban locations where our activities can make a positive contribution to neighborhoods and communities.
Our active development pipeline focuses on projects in urban, transit-oriented and/or amenity-rich neighborhoods and includes current projects such as Crescent in San Francisco, The Pacific in downtown Vancouver, and Eckington Yards in Washington, D.C. We are also advancing larger multi-year projects in San Francisco, West Silicon Valley and Vancouver. Our Investment program adds value to residential, commercial and retail assets while also managing a portfolio of stable, high-quality properties across North America. Our Structured Development Finance business provides funds for much-needed residential development projects in our high growth markets.
We are part of Grosvenor Group, a privately owned international property company. With a track record of more than 340 years, the Group develops, manages and invests with a purpose of improving property and places to deliver lasting commercial and social benefit.
As of December 31, 2019, Grosvenor Americas had assets under management of CAD $5B.
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About HSBC Canada Sevens
HSBC Canada Sevens is a two-day indoor rugby sevens tournament, hosted at the world-class BC Place Stadium, host venue to Canada’s most prestigious events, and features 16 of the world’s top men’s rugby sevens teams. The HSBC Canada Sevens is the sixth stop in a 10-stop world tour as part of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series. Sevens rugby, a fast-paced and shorter version of traditional rugby with only seven players per side, has built a huge international audience through the success of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, which attracts large audiences in markets around the world.