The donors: Anton Rabie and Ronnen Harary
The gift: $250,000 and climbing
The cause: Camp Northland-B'nai Brith
Anton Rabie and Ronnen Harary were around 11 years old when they met for the first time at Northland B'nai Brith summer camp in Haliburton, Ont., north of Toronto. They became such good friends that they later ended up going to university together, then co-founded Spin Master Corp., Canada's most successful toy company.
The camp was a big part of both their lives growing up. They spent most of their childhood summers at Northland, as campers and later as councillors.
"I think that we owe a lot of our partnership to the camp," said Mr. Harary.
They've remained involved in the camp, which is more than 100 years old, ever since. Last year they donated $250,000 to help improve some of the facilities, and they plan to make more donations this year.
Their families are involved as well – Mr. Harary's sister, Michelle Muscat, is a director and his niece attended the camp, while Mr. Rabie's nieces and nephews have attended as well.
"If I think back, it was probably the best eight summers that I've ever had, at that camp," said Mr. Harary. "It leaves an indelible mark on you and for us to keep the camp going, and the fact that it supports kids that can't necessarily have that summer experience, is something that's meaningful to us."