On November 15, the Cape Breton Regional Hospital Foundation will join Cape Breton University to honour and celebrate the Legacy Gift of the late Victor Harriss as part of National Philanthropy Day activities. Victor J. Harriss was a successful local entrepreneur with a long business history in this community and he took pleasure in expanding his knowledge while expanding his business. At the time of his passing, he chose to share a portion of his estate with Cape Breton University and the Cape Breton Regional Hospital Foundation
The gift has since enhanced both the hospital and university, with an emergency room renovation as well as the building of the Harriss Hall at CBU.
“Mr. Harriss’ generosity has helped thousands of Cape Bretoners and he will forever be a part of this hospital,” explains Cape Breton Regional Hospital Foundation CEO, Brad Jacobs, “We are grateful for the support Mr. Harriss and the executors of his estate have given us, so this is an opportunity to thank them while sharing the impact their gift has made in our community.”
“Here at Cape Breton University, Harriss Hall is beautiful home away from home for our students from all over the world who bring an injection of culture and diversity into our community,” commented Dale Keefe, President at Cape Breton University. “Harris Hall houses 111 students and a 300-seat dining hall used by the entire campus.”
The event will not only celebrate the legacy gift of Mr. Harriss but will also provide information and awareness around planned giving and promote both organizations as viable entities for planning giving and estate planning.
National Philanthropy Day is an annual celebration to honour and recognize those who contribute their time, talents, financial support and other resources to charitable organizations.