For Immediate Release: Contact: Ralph Suppa, President & General Manager
The Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating Celebrates Gala
Dinner by Surpassing the $1.5 Million Dollar Goal for the 2008/2009
Fundraising Campaign in Support of Habitat for Humanity Canada
Toronto, Ontario, April 4, 2008 . . . In December 2006 the Charity Committee in support of Habitat for Humanity
of the Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating (CIPH) began its fundraising campaign with an aggressive
goal to raise $1.5 million in cash & products. During the March 26, 2008 Gala Dinner held at the Fairmont
Royal York, Charity Committee Chairman Russ Morgan (IPEX) proudly announced that the Institute and its
members had raised a record-breaking $1,599,644! Since 1994, CIPH members have now contributed over
$5.1 million in cash and products to Habitat for Humanity Canada (HFHC) and helped more than 1,000
Canadian families move into safe, affordable homes across the country. CIPH is one of HFHC’s top corporate
donors. Over 315 industry members and guests attended the elegant event that featured an exquisite
gourmet meal, charity auction and entertainment by Comedian Brent Butt of Corner Gas.
Case de Jong (Franke Kindred) was recognized for his many
contributions to Habitat for Humanity Canada. Case chaired the
initial fundraising campaign in 1994 and was responsible for the
development of the unique certificate program that CIPH uses to
distribute products to Habitat affiliates cross the country. Case
still remains a very active member of the Charity Committee.
[L to R: Chairman of the Board Barry Raycroft (Bardon Supplies),
Charity Committee Chairman Russ Morgan (IPEX), David Hughes
(CEO HFH Canada), Case de Jong (Franke Kindred) and Ralph
Suppa (CIPH President & General Manager).]
Ontario Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing - The Honorable
Jim Watson attended the dinner and provided a special greeting
recognizing CIPH’s efforts in helping Habitat families on behalf of
the Provincial Government and also congratulated CIPH on its
A special thanks goes out to all those who contributed to the campaign and to the major
donors who donated $25,000 or more in cash and/or product (at least $5,000 of which
was required in the form of a cash donation).
MAJOR DONORS FOR 2008/2009
Blanco Canada Inc. Moen Inc.
Canadian Hydronics Council Rheem Canada Ltd.
Emco Corporation Royal Pipe Systems
Franke Kindred Canada Usines Giant Factories
GSW Water Products Inc. Weil-McLain/Aqua Tech Sales & Marketing
HeatLink Wolseley Canada
Congratulations to the Charity Committee consisting of Chair Russ Morgan (IPEX), Co-
Chair Adrien Pilon (Emco), David Coffey (In-Sink-Erator), Case de Jong (Franke Kindred),
Eric Richard (Wolseley Canada), Don Hambly (GSW Water Products), John Hammill
(Moen), Peter Howell (Cello Products), David Morden (ECR International), and Peter
Stojanov (Onward Sales) on achieving this outstanding goal.
“CIPH members should be very proud of this great accomplishment on behalf of Habitat
for Humanity Canada – our association is truly making a difference for many Canadian
families in need of affordable housing. CIPH members are encouraged to consider the
CIPH Habitat Program when donating to a charity”, states Russ Morgan (IPEX).
CIPH Chairman of the Board Barry Raycroft (Bardon Supplies) announced that the fifth
CIPH Home is planned for this spring in Montreal during the campaign. It was also
announced that enough funds have been generated to build another home in 2009.
A full list of CIPH members who contributed cash and product and information on how to
donate to Habitat for Humanity Canada through CIPH is available on the Habitat for
Humanity section of CIPH's web site: http://www.ciph.com/events/habitat.php
The Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating is a not-for-profit trade association.
Founded in 1933, the Institute is a vibrant organization committed to providing members
with the tools for success in today’s competitive environment. More than 260 companies
are members of this influential Canadian industry association. They are the manufacturers,
wholesaler distributors, master distributors, manufacturers’ agents and allied companies
who manufacture and distribute plumbing, hydronic heating, industrial waterworks and
other mechanical products. CIPH wholesalers operate more than 600 warehouses and
showrooms across Canada. Total industry sales exceed $6 billion annually.
For more information, contact:
The Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating