The Come Together fundraising event, held at Bayview Farm Restaurant on February 26, raised $15,500 which will be donated to the University Hospitals Kingston Foundation (UHKF) in support of Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC)’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and pediatric program.
Clark Day, owner of the historic homestead restaurant, and Josephine Matyas, organized the five-course fundraising dinner. Josephine’s granddaughter, Athena, was born prematurely and had an 18-month stay in the NICU and pediatric program at the hospital.
“We owe Athena’s good health to these amazing caregivers [at KHSC’s neonatal unit],” says Matyas. “This dinner, and especially the support of Bayview Farm and its big-hearted patrons, is truly a way the Kingston community comes together.”
“Small patients, like Athena, keep our team striving to do their best to ensure they live happy, healthy lives,” says Dr. Bob Connelly, KHSC, NICU. “We thank everyone involved in the event for their generous support.”
Clark Day’s reputation on the Kingston culinary map is rock solid – he has been the driving force behind popular eateries such as the River Mill, Clark’s by the Bay, and Clark’s on King. “I was pleased to create this event,” says Day, “and not surprised that we sold out. We can always count on the caring Kingston community.”