Hamilton Community Foundation will kick off its 60th anniversary celebrations with a special birthday gift to residents. On Saturday, June 28, the foundation invites Hamiltonians to enjoy the treasures of their city by providing free admission to over 40 recreation, conservation and cultural centres throughout Hamilton.
“This is a perfect way for Hamilton Community Foundation to celebrate the people and places that make Hamilton great,” said Terry Cooke, president and CEO. “Quite simply, Hamiltonians are the reason why HCF exists and we wanted to create a celebration that will allow everyone to enjoy many of the city’s treasures regardless of their age, background, interest or financial circumstance.”
Established in 1954, HCF was Ontario’s first community foundation and the third in Canada. Community foundations are charities dedicated to improving their city’s quality of life by pooling and investing charitable gifts from their donors, and using the income to support local charities.
Since receiving the first gift of $200 from a widow in north Hamilton, Hamilton Community Foundation has grown to an organization which last year received $6.6 million in donations and gave out grants of some $6.4 million to the community.
“Whether you want to swim, hike, go to a museum, enjoy a picnic or even a skate, you’re covered,” said incoming board chair Dr. Justin Cooper. “From Dundas to Stoney Creek, Waterdown, the mountain or downtown, there’s something in your neighbourhood. We hope all Hamiltonians will join us to celebrate the Foundation’s history and our future together.”
Ancaster Lions Pool, public swim, 1-4 p.m.; Ancaster Rotary Centre, exercise and fitness fair, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Fieldcote Memorial Park and Museum, free admission, noon to 4:30 p.m.; Griffin House free admission, noon to 4 p.m.; Tiffany Falls, Conservation Area, grounds admission and parking, 8 a.m. to dusk; The Hermitage, admission and parking, 8 a.m. to dusk.
Dundas Lions Memorial Community Centre, family gym parent and tot activity, 1-4 p.m.; Rock Chapel Trail, grounds admission and parking, dawn to dusk; Dundas Valley Conservation Area, grounds admission and parking, 8 a.m to dusk; The Hermitage, grounds admission and parking, 8 a.m. to dusk; Spencer Gorge, Tews Falls, Webster Falls Conservation Areas, grounds admission and parking, 8 a.m. to dusk.
For a full list of times, details and locations, visit www.celebrate60years.ca.