The Knights of Columbus Kingsville Donates $50,000 Toward MRI, following the Groundbreaking of Erie Shores HealthCare’s MRI Suite

The Knights of Columbus Council #8233 (Kingsville) made a generous $50,000 donation toward helping Erie Shores Health Foundation bring MRI home. The donation was inspired by the groundbreaking of Erie Shores HealthCare’s MRI Suite last week, and was made in memory of a dear friend of the Council, Rob Repko.

Erie Shores Health Foundation (ESHF) and Erie Shores HealthCare (ESHC) hosted the groundbreaking of what will be the permanent MRI Suite with a $1 million kick-off donation from Unico and Primo Foods.

The MRI project is now half-way funded. Upon breaking ground, ESHF and ESHC are calling on the community to be inspired and donate in any capacity to help bring the project to fruition.

For the Knights of Columbus Council #8233, this was the right opportunity to donate to in honour of Rob.

“Rob trusted that we would donate the money that he left to us to the right cause. After hanging on to it for some time, we decided that bringing MRI to Erie Shores HealthCare was the worthy opportunity for us to donate the funds as it will take care of his family, our families, and the families of so many others,” shared PGK, Larry Everaert.

The Knights of Columbus has 115 active members and is focused, in good faith, on programs that better our community. The donation became full circle as Paul Repko, Rob’s brother, and Carole Repko, mother, came down from Carole’s Hospital room to witness the cheque presentation and join the Knights in the celebratory photo.

“It is such an honour to receive this donation from The Knights of Columbus alongside the members of the Council and the Repko Family,” commented Penny Bellhouse, Executive Director of Erie Shores Health Foundation. “We are so excited to bring this life-changing technology to Erie Shores HealthCare and it is this kind of unity that will get us there.”

Pictured from left to right: Dave Gelinas – KofC Ontario State Secretary, Penny Bellhouse – Executive Director of Erie Shores Health Foundation, Kurt Phanuef, Larry Everaert – PGK, Carole Repko, Paul Repko, Ken Bosse – Grand Knight, Bob Phanuef, Gary Smith, Wilfred Kobelsky, Kim Lewis, Kristin Kennedy – President and CEO of Erie Shores HealthCare, and Jeff Lewis – Chair of Erie Shores Health Foundation Board of Directors

Erie Shores HealthCare Breaks Ground on It’s MRI Suite with a $1 Million Fundraising Kick-Off Donation from Unico and Primo Foods