BOWMANVILLE, Monday, February 25, 2019 – The Hennessey family had a lot to celebrate this Family Day. While watching the Peterborough Petes play the Niagara Ice Dogs, Steve Hennessey announced a $100,000 gift to the Bowmanville Hospital Foundation. This gift will go to support the redevelopment and expansion of Bowmanville Hospital and is made in honour of Kathleen Hennessey who was fondly remembered.
“This year marks the 10th anniversary of my grandmother’s passing, and, as a family, we thought this was the perfect way to honour her memory while supporting a very important initiative,” said Mr. Hennessey, Realtor and Board Member, Bowmanville Hospital Foundation. “Clarington has been great to our family over the years and we hope that by supporting the redevelopment and expansion of Bowmanville Hospital, it will continue to do the same for families in and around Clarington.”
As descendants of Irish immigrants, Kathleen and Herbert Hennessey raised nine children in Peterborough. In 1964, Kathleen became the family’s sole caretaker when her husband suffered a stroke. The majority of the Hennessey family still resides in and close to Peterborough. Several of Kathleen’s descendants reside throughout the Greater Toronto Area, including Clarington and some have moved as far as Western Canada, primarily in the province of Alberta.
“We are grateful to the Hennessey family and for this generous gift,” said Frank Cerisano, Chief Executive Officer, Bowmanville Hospital Foundation. “Steve has been a valuable member of our Foundation’s Board of Directors for several years and we thank him and his family for demonstrating
such a deep commitment to the health of our community and for reinforcing the true spirit of philanthropy.”