Hospital gala set for Oct. 11

Carole Morris-Underhill
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It's nearly time for the sixth annual Party with a Purpose Gala Fundraiser, and the organizers are buzzing with excitement.

Pam McKay, the chair of the Hants Community Hospital Auxiliary Fundraising Gala, said supporters of the auxiliary's biggest fundraiser should mark Oct. 11 on their calendars — and get their tickets while there's still some available.

“We've raised over $150,000 to date, without this year included,” said McKay, noting the fun-filled fall experience plays a “vital part” in helping the hospital.

“I don't think it's just supporting the hospital, it's supporting the community; what people do, how they give. It's always amazing to me, and it's always marvellous to see the outcome.”

The gala, which starts at 7 p.m., will be held at Cocoa Pesto Bistro again this year and will feature good food, entertainment, plus plenty of live and silent auction items. Bill Gibson will once again resume his role as the entertaining auctioneer.

Tickets cost $60, just like they have since the inaugural event.

The Hants Community Hospital Auxiliary Society hopes to raise between $45,000 and $50,000 to offset the hospital’s cost of purchasing a Mini C-Arm, which is radiology equipment that would allow for finer ortho, hand and wrist surgery.

“It's the event in Windsor for the year.” Pam McKay

“The hospital has a wish list and this is what they asked (for). It's a big item,” said McKay.

For those that haven't been to the evening function, McKay said they're missing out.

“It's the event in Windsor for the year,” said McKay. “Everybody is very happy to be there. There are affordable items for everybody and anybody, from low to high.”

In addition to the evening fundraiser, they will be selling tickets on a chance to win a $5,000 room makeover from Home Hardware. Tickets for that contest cost $20 each. Leading up to the gala, tickets for both the evening gala and the room makeover can be purchased from Home Hardware.

The fundraising gala committee members include McKay, Bette Stephens, Joyce Jank, Pauline Sullivan, Sue McNabb, Martha Wheaton, Sandra Langdon, Betty Ann Cochrane, Audrey Ross, Janet Turner, Dorothy Martin and Ann Hajdukewycz.

Organizations: Hants Community Hospital Auxiliary Fundraising Gala, Hants Community Hospital Auxiliary Society, Mini C-Arm

Geographic location: Windsor

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