Hospital fundraiser pulls in $68,000
A whopping $68,000 has been raised by the community at this year’s annual St. Paul and District Hospital Foundation fundraiser, surpassing last year’s total of $60,000 and allowing the foundation to purchase additional items for the health care centre as the need arises.
The St. Paul Rec Centre was nearly filled to capacity on Saturday night as community members, business people and local politicians took their seats at the event.
Following a banquet, organizers took to the stage to thank the volunteers, donors, and everyone who supports the foundation’s purpose. This year, the organization was raising money specifically for three pieces of equipment, an ECG, a ventilator and a colon scope.
Following a welcome message from Linda Kryzanowksi, Michelle Blanchette, the site manager at the St. Paul hospital, offered her thoughts on the event, saying the fundraiser shows the benefits of living in a small town as people pull together for a common cause.
She said that there was a lot of good help offering a hand to make the event possible.
Town of St. Paul Coun. Norm Noel spoke on behalf of the town, saying the event is a huge help to the community.
Lac La Biche-St. Paul-Two Hills MLA Shayne Saskiw took to the stage to offer his thoughts also.
He thanked the foundation for its hard work and said that with the relocation of medevac services to the International Airport, “events and functions like tonight are going to be even that much more necessary for the stability and longevity of our communities in the north.”
The entire cost of the ECG machine was covered by a $15,000 donation from Agland, heard the audience, while the St. Paul Legion donated $4,500 to be specifically spent on the ventilator. The St. Paul Health Care Auxiliary donated $10,000 to the foundation and CNRL donated $8,000.
The event also included a 50/50 draw, tables filled with silent auction items and a live auction with a variety of items, many selling for over $1,000, according to Kryzanowski.
She explained that the foundation has an ongoing list of equipment that is needed, and prioritizes that list. As funds are available, the foundation makes necessary purchases, said Kryzanowski.
The fundraising event also included ventriloquist/comedian Doug Arden, who performed a few magic tricks during his show. Arden got the audience involved in his performance by pulling up a few local residents on stage and offering entertainment that will not be forgotten any time soon.