A recent golf tournament held by Great Gulf at Cardinal Golf Club raised a record $209,378 for Youth Bipolar Disorder at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.
This is the tenth year that Great Gulf has helped raise funds and awareness contributing to the expansion of the clinic. This strategic partnership has improved care, raised awareness to encourage early treatment and reduce stigma to improve the lives of teens suffering from bipolar disorder. In total, Great Gulf has helped raise $1.8 million in funds benefitting worthy causes.
“We have a proud tradition of supporting the Centre for Youth Bipolar Disorder through our commitment to raising much needed funds and awareness for mental illness, one of the most pressing issues facing our teens today. With each dollar we raise, we improve treatment and care for this disorder,” said Josh Reisman, Great Gulf, in a press release. “I would like to thank all the golfers, sponsors, the Golf Committee chaired by Rochelle Kaminsky-Glasner and all the volunteers for making this one of the most successful tournaments.”
Dr. Benjamin Goldstein, the director of the Centre for Youth Bipolar Disorder, and his team have advanced studies that bring together scientists and clinicians across the hospital and research institute, who are teaming up to accelerate progress in the treatment and understanding of youth bipolar disorder, including specialists in cardiology, ophthalmology, neurology, medical imaging and anesthesia.
“With the generous support of the Great Gulf community, the Centre for Youth Bipolar Disorder has grown from a staff of two to a team of 25, including psychiatrists, social workers, researchers, students and volunteers,” said Dr. Goldstein. “Our sustained focus on bipolar disorder in youth is yielding important advances in terms of comprehensive clinical services, research discoveries and public education. As a platform to speak openly about bipolar disorder, and to hear first-hand from our patients and families, the annual golf tournament has become an opportunity to collectively reduce stigma. We are ever grateful for, and honoured by, the support of Great Gulf.”
Photo (from left to right): Gus Platis, Eugene Filice, Carolyn Poirier, Aggie Wawszczyk, Rochelle Kaminsky-Glasner, Dr. Benjamin Goldstein, friend of the Centre, Tad Putyra, Josh Reisman.