February 28, 2023
Nick Carnicelli Takes on the Bay Race as Community Champion
A Shorter Race Distance and a Big Fundraising Goal is in store for the local Home Builder
Nick Carnicelli is no stranger to the Bay Race. He completed the full 30k course in 2012 and 2014, and ran the 30k 3-person relay back in 2008. This year, he’s lacing up his sneakers again as he takes on the role of the Community Champion for St. Joseph’s Healthcare Foundation.
Nick and a team from Carriage Gate Homes will take part in the 5k Around the Bay Race route as a team building initiative. With the extra time he’ll have thanks to not having to train for the full 30k, Nick plans to lead his Carriage Gate team towards a fundraising finish line of $100,000.
“When I think of the Hospital that’s been there for me and for my family, it’s always been St. Joe’s,” says Nick. “I know as a builder, that when a Hospital has been around this long, there’s always a need for renovations, repairs and investments in technology. The sad part is, these projects aren’t always eligible for government funding. And while I may be new to fundraising, I’m a passionate advocate for how lucky we are to have a Hospital like St. Joe’s right in our backyard. It’s time for me to do my part, to give back to the Hospital and to the community where I’ve built a life, a family and a successful business.”
This year, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Foundation hopes to raise more than $500,000 through the Bay Race with the help of our community of walkers, runners and donors. Some of the funds raised through this year’s Bay Race will help the Hospital to renovate and upgrade its labour and delivery rooms in the birthing unit of the Hospital, which is fitting since Nick, his wife, and all four of their children were born at St. Joe’s. The remainder of funds raised through the race will support the acquisition of breast diagnostic imaging equipment to help women and patients facing a breast cancer diagnosis to get the definitive answers they need, sooner.
If you’d like to place your support behind Nick and Team Carriage Gate, please click here.
Thank you to our friends at the Bay Race who helped to kickstart their fundraising with a generous donation of $2,500 to support St. Joe’s and Team Carriage Gate!
The 30k Route Carries Runners Past Two Carriage Gate Sites
Interestingly, the 30k route of the Around the Bay Road Race winds its way past two of Carriage Gate Homes’ newest developments. At the 9k mark, runners will find themselves just north of the Roxborough Park site where a partnership between the City of Hamilton, its Housing Corporation, Urban Core Developments, Effort Group and Carriage Gate Homes will create 1,200 new mixed-income units intended to help to address the critical shortage of affordable housing in Hamilton. And at the 17.5k mark, runners will be south of the Gallery Lofts & Condos project currently under construction in downtown Burlington at the intersection of Brant and James Streets.
A Proud Tradition of Supporting St. Joe’s
2023 marks the 19th year St. Joe’s has been the official charity partner of the Around the Bay Road Race. Over that time, more than $5.1 million has been raised by Bay Race participants to help fund research studies, build a new home for emergency mental health care at our Hospital, purchase equipment, fund robotic surgeries and more.
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