Events & Gaming
There are many ways to get involved and enhance the care, teaching and research at St. Joseph’s. Join us at one of our annual fundraising events or host your own celebration.
St. Joseph’s corporate sponsorship program is an excellent opportunity to align your company’s brand with one of Canada's leading academic hospitals. Every year we host two signature events: St. Joseph's Tribute Dinner and Breakfast of Champions. These events help us showcase the work we do to enable world-class care, teaching and research. As a valued partner, your company can reach a large audience through a variety of corporate recognition opportunities.
Our partners and friends also host dozens of community events in support of St. Joseph's.
- Attend one of our signature events: Breakfast of Champions or Tribute Dinner
- Host your own community event or celebration in support of St. Joseph’s
- Learn how you can sponsor an upcoming event or support one of our major funding priorities.
Dream Lottery has raised more than $30 million (net) since 1996 to support innovative equipment and technology, research, teaching and unique patient care initiatives at St. Joseph’s Health Care London, London Health Sciences Centre and Children’s Hospital at LHSC. Combined, London's three hospitals receive more than 1.5 million patient visits from across Southwestern Ontario each year.
All Dream Lottery details including: rules, prize list, maps to the dream homes and their open hours, virtual home tours, sales deadlines, draw dates – and how lottery proceeds benefit patients at all three hospitals - can be found on the Dream Lottery website.
Meet the Joan Barnum - The 2017 fall Dream Lottery patient spokesperson
On beautiful sunny days Joan loves to be in her garden but refractive errors in her eyes were impeding her ability to see what she was doing. “When I would wear my sunglasses I couldn’t weed around the plants. I just couldn’t see them in the soil.”
Refractive errors occur when the shape of the eye prevents light from focusing directly on the retina, making image formation difficult. In Joan’s case, she was developing cataracts but she didn’t want surgery until she absolutely needed it.
“It came to a point where it was impeding my quality of life,” she says. “I knew I shouldn’t wait any longer.”
Having met Dr. Mohan Merchea several times at St. Joseph’s Hospital’s Ivey Eye Institute, she was prepared for the surgery. “I felt at ease. Dr. Merchea was quite clear on the benefits and potential risks of surgery.”
Joan was pleased with the result. “For me, there was a positive change immediately and as time went on, it got better,” says Joan. “You lose a great deal without your eyes; I know my life depends on them.”
Joan was so pleased with her care at St. Joseph’s Hospital that she boasts about her experience to friends. “I told any of my friends who were interested in knowing more about cataract surgery what an excellent doctor and surgeon Dr. Merchea was. The whole process at St. Joseph’s was excellent. Everyone was pleasant and attentive. St. Joseph’s is tip top in the city of London.”