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Gene Pidwerbesky’s Inspiring Gift for Kids to Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation

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Welcome Support from a Generous Farmer Creates “Harvest for Kids’ Health”

SASKATOON, SK, Aug 25, 2022 – Saskatchewan agricultural producer Gene Pidwerbsky has given Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation (JPCHF) a monumental gift of support.

Gene Pidwerbesky joined the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation family with a contribution of $1,980,000 through Saskatoon Community Foundation for “Harvest For Kids’ Health,” a new, urgently-needed equipment program inspired by the Pidwerbesky family. This meaningful gift will greatly assist medical teams and provide the latest technology and cutting-edge equipment that required for specialized health care at Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital (JPCH).

“Kids now more than ever need to live the life they deserve to the fullest, and that’s what this gift is about,” Gene said in describing his reason for giving to Saskatchewan’s Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation. “Kids don’t know what is happening to them or why. Being in hospital is hard enough for an adult, but these kids are hurting, and need the best options available.”

When urgently needed equipment is purchased, health care professionals at JPCH can better treat and care for Saskatchewan children and their families, serving patients from all corners of the province, which equate to *499 Saskatchewan communities.

“There are various great places these funds can go, but these kids deserve it the most,” said Gene on his inspiring gift for the ‘Harvest For Kids’ Health’ program at Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation.

“The rapidly growing need for maternal and pediatric medical advancements will never stop, and thanks to the life-changing contribution of Gene Pidwerbesky and his family, in cooperation with Saskatoon Community Foundation, this tremendous gift will help provide access to urgently needed specialized equipment at Saskatchewan’s Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital,” said Brynn Boback-Lane, President and CEO of Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation. “A ‘harvest’ heartfelt thank you to Gene and his family for this commitment to the mothers that will give new life and to the children who deserve to live their very best. In true Saskatchewan spirit, this donation is a testament of how you can help your neighbours, friends and families when they most need it.”

JPCHF is pleased to support provincial partnership opportunities with Saskatoon Community Foundation and other like-minded organizations, providing donors a meaningful experience and inspiring philanthropy throughout the community.

“It has indeed been an honour to assist Mr. Pidwerbesky in the making of this meaningful gift. Working with him, his professional advisors, and Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation is a wonderful example of the power of charitable giving through a partnership with Saskatoon Community Foundation. Together, we create a more vibrant community. Today’s announcement is exciting for the children and families of Saskatchewan. Thank you to the Pidwerbesky family for this incredible gift – we know that your generosity will inspire more families to join you in living their legacy through their charitable giving,” said Carm Michalenko, CEO at Saskatoon Community Foundation.

“Partnership with Saskatoon Community Foundation demonstrates that local community organizations can do their good work together and have a positive impact in the lives of others,” said Brynn Boback-Lane, President and CEO of Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation.

In honour of Gene’s generous gift to Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation, the Moose Pod within Pediatric Outpatients at Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital will be named to showcase Gene Pidwerbesky and his family.

*Pediatric Outpatients: JPCH served over 25,000 patients, with 47.4% from outside of Saskatoon.

Gene and his family invite other farming families to give this fall to the “Harvest For Kids’ Health” program. Learn more about “Harvest For Kids’ Health” on Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation’s website –

*Saskatchewan Health Authority reporting year April 2020 to March 2021.


About Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation

Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation will inspire philanthropy by connecting communities to support Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital to provide specialized maternal and children’s health care throughout the province and pursue the advancement of innovative research. For more information, please visit

About Saskatoon Community Foundation

Saskatoon Community Foundation inspires philanthropy, builds community, and leads change in Saskatoon. The foundation stewards $67.8 million in endowed and non-endowed funds and manages $24.8 million in funds for other charitable organizations, ensuring a reliable stream of grant funding flows into the community forever. The foundation has worked and served on Treaty 6 Territory and the Homeland of the Métis since 1970. It has disbursed over $51.4 million in grants for the community, supporting over 280 charities and representing over 350 fundholders. Beyond charitable sector expertise, the foundation’s professional staff team brings passion for actively supporting positive change in our community for quality of life, youth, equity, inclusion, and reconciliation. Follow Saskatoon Community Foundation on FacebookLinkedInInstagram, and Twitter or visit our website at

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