At an informal gathering outside the Midland Avenue location on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, The Beer Store presented a generous gift to the University Hospitals Kingston Foundation (UHKF), which will support Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC).
Since the onset of COVID-19, The Beer Store has been running a fundraising campaign in its stores to raise funds for local hospitals across Ontario. Through this campaign, The Beer Store customers donated part, or all, of their empty returns to benefit their local hospital foundation. Customers were also asked at the till if they would like to donate a monetary gift.
Kingstonians rallied together to support this initiative and raised an outstanding total. Despite the low profile of this campaign, which Kingstonist learned about when invited to the cheque presentation, Kingston locations of The Beer Store were able to gift $23,053.60 to the KHSC. Overall, The Beer Store raised more than $2.3 million for local hospitals across the province.
“We are very fortunate to have thoughtful, compassionate leaders like the owners and managers of The Beer Store in our community,” says Wayne Owens, University Hospitals Kingston Foundation (UHKF) Board Chair. “We have seen an outpour of support for our healthcare heroes, patients and hospitals during this pandemic. This donation is another example of our community coming together to support each other in times of need. On behalf of the UHKF Board of Directors and the staff of UHKF and KHSC, I would like to thank every customer and staff member for their role in making this campaign a success.”
Robin Urie, District Manager for The Beer Store, couldn’t emphasize enough that this wonderful donation would not have been possible without the local store managers, staff, and customers at each store. He made it very clear that they are responsible for achieving this generous total.
“The Beer Store saw an overwhelming response to the campaign in the Kingston community as well as across the province,” says Robin Urie, District Manager. “We are proud that these funds will support our local hospitals. We are also very thankful to all those in Kingston that helped support this initiative. It was only possible through our dedicated employees and loyal customers who stepped up to give back to their community.”