December 9th, 2016 – our wrap-up fund-raising event! The Corner Café and Fireside Room were decked in their Christmas finery in anticipation of the Raffle draw and the annoucement of the happy winners who were lucky enough to be taking home a beautifully decorated Christmas tree or wreath. There was music from Steve and Ernie, cheese and nibbles, wine served by our own special barman and great conversation. A lovely evening indeed.
We must express our gratitude to Home Hardware who supplied our lovely pre-lit trees and to all the local businesses and the pupils from Our Lady of Mercy School who did such a beautiful job decorating them.
A special mention too to the young musicians from NHHS who entertained us through the previous week as visitors came to inspect the trees.A wonderful effort – thank you, thank you!
Congratulations go out to the winners of the North Hastings District Hospital Auxiliary 2016 Raffle, which was drawn on Dec. 9th. The grand prize of a $1,000 gift card from Bancroft Foodland went to Carole Boyle of Cardiff, the second prize of a $500 gift card went to Alex Matheson of Bancroft and the third prize of a $250 gift card went to John Sudnikowicz of Apsley. A big thank you goes out to Joe and Carol Favot of Bancroft Foodland for their generous support of the raffle prizes. The raffle raised just over $3,000 which will go to much needed equipment at the North Hastings Hospital.
Michael Brooks congratulating Carole Boyle of Cardiff on her grand prize win of the North Hastings District Hospital Auxiliary 2016 Raffle.
At our General Meeting in October, Jim Sopha was applauded for his outstanding service to our Auxiliary. Jim has held many executive positions since he joined in 2001, has gained his 7,000 hour Service Pin and has been honoured with an Ontario Volunteer Service Award.
We are now so pleased to announce that Jim is now the recipient of Provincial Life Membership in Hospital Auxiliaries Association of Ontario (HAAO) at a recent meeting in Toronto.
Jim and his wife Elda have now moved away from Bancroft but have faithfully promised to visit us regularly. We look foward to it!
That's what we were celebrating at our 31st Annual Aniversary Dinner. The Rivers Edge Golf Club may not have seen such a wacky bunch of diners in a long time! True to our theme of The Beat Goes On (an old Sonny and Cher song) many of us dressed up in 60s and 70s costume! Sonny and Cher actually turned up (aka Presdient Debbie Speck and V-P Michael Brooks). A motley bunch we certainly were!
We had a splendid meal, catered by Bruce Kellar and his helpers, great music from Steve Wright and Ernie Demuth, and a lot of fun. The "serious" part of the evening was the presentation of awards by former President Dianne Martin and also by Sonny and Cher. The list of recipients was long and included a special presentation to Jim Sopha who was honoured with the Provincial Life Membership for many hours of devoted volunteering. Cheers for Jim! Our Auxiliary President Debbie Speck was honoured with a Certificate of Appreciation, as was Moose FM for its support throughout the Radiothon. The high point of the evening, however, was the presentation of $50,000 to Kim Bishop and Jean Menard who accepted on behalf of the hospital fund.
Let's all pat ourselves on the back for another year of successful fund-raising. Truly, The Beat Goes On!
Looking forward to another great fund-raising season in 2017!
This year seems to have whizzed by! Hard to believe that our fund-raising activities are three-quarters over and we are looking forward – and getting ready – for our Christmas activities. Last year our decorated Christmas trees were a great success and the whole campaign was a lot of fun. Soooo – we're going to do it again!
This year Home Hardware is kindly providing us with 18 trees and already several businesses in town are clamouring for the chance to be a decorator! More news as we progress!