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A Mad Hatter’s Tea Party is theme for 2022 Cariboo Memorial Hospital Foundation Gala

“No wise fish would go anywhere without a porpoise,“ wrote Lewis Carroll, author of Alice in Wonderland.
The CT scanner at the Cariboo Memorial Hospital is one of many pieces of equipment the Cariboo Foundation Hospital Trust has helped to purchase. (File photo)

“No wise fish would go anywhere without a porpoise,“ wrote Lewis Carroll, author of Alice in Wonderland.

A chance for lakecity residents to swap blue jeans for costumes or formal wear for a good cause is back on for 2022.

The Cariboo Memorial Hospital Foundation’s annual gala fundraiser will be at the Sacred Heart Catholic School on Nov. 5.

Tickets for the event are already nearly sold out.

The event will be themed “A Mad Hatter’s Tea Party” and will include a fully-catered dinner, rides available to get you home, live auction and the return of their popular live band March Hare. The draw for the Woodland Jewellers ring raffle will also take place at the event.

The gala will provide 250 people a night on the town in costume or formal wear and this year’s master of ceremonies will be Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Lorne Doerkson.

Tables are for eight or 10 people and while most of the tables have been sold out there are options to put your name on the list for tickets if any become available.

There will also be an online auction running Oct. 30 to Nov. 6 for the entire community to participate in supporting the foundation via the foundation’s website.

Already purchased tickets can be picked up with cash or cheque at REMAX in Williams Lake. This year‘s proceeds will go towards $200,000 in surgical equipment.

“There’s a need because we have new surgeons coming into town,” explained Richard Nelson, a foundation director.

The specialists coming to town will do surgeries not previously available in Williams Lake said Nelson.

In past years, the foundation has raised money towards a CT scanner, a mammography machine and an electrocardiogram machine and the new Deni House patio roof.

The equipment enables earlier diagnosis and local treatment for area residents.

“Who wants to drive to Kelowna in the middle of winter,” asked Nelson.

For more information or to simply donate in support of the foundation online go to or email

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