Michael Cress of Casey House

Founded in 1988, Casey House is a specialty hospital in Toronto, Ontario, with community programming including home care and outreach programs for people who are living with the HIV/AIDs virus. The mission of the facility is to provide compassionate care to those in need, while celebrating life and embracing diversity. During the process of developing the ROLLOUT edition of the Vitra Panton chair, we had the opportunity of getting to know Michael Cress and his tireless efforts to promote awareness and support as the Senior Development Officer for Casey House. His creativity, grace and dedication have touched the lives of so many, and we were honoured to be a part of his efforts during IDS11.


Company/Organization: Casey House Foundation




Education: Mount Royal College, Calgary
University of Calgary, B.A.


Describe your work: As a professional fundraiser, I raise funds through sponsorships, community events and major gifts for Casey House. Casey House was founded in 1988 as Canada's first free-standing HIV/AIDS hospice.


Inspirations: My sisters - they are 2 of the most amazing women on earth.


Awards or Recognition: Biz Bash event Industry Hall of fame, 2008


Future Projects/Goal: Raise millions for Casey House, and lose 15 pounds.


What is one word that describes your creative style? Crazy


How did you get started working with ROLLOUT? A great partnership with ROLLOUT and the Interior Design Show - The ROLLOUT XO Chair is a fabulous addition to the fundraiser.


Please list a few cool or inspirational websites you visit and love: - always great for a good laugh to break up the afternoon doldrums. - started in Toronto, the creator is now off the market - is this what it takes to get a man? Really?


What did your parents want you to be instead of creative? I was supposed to be a doctor or lawyer!


Is there a piece of art you wished you had created, and why?: Picasso's untitled sculpture at the Civic Centre Plaza in Chicago. it's been over 40 years since it's installation, and it is still shrouded in mystery, intrigue and excitement. What is it - really?


What gets you excited about tomorrow? The unknown.






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