Donations much appreciated

The annual hospital gala coming up Saturday evening has been sold out with a waiting list for more than a month.

The annual hospital gala coming up Saturday evening has been sold out with a waiting list for more than a month, but that doesn’t mean people can’t help to purchase a new CT Scanner for the hospital.

A new CT Scanner is the Cariboo Foundation Hospital Trust’s new fundraising project for the hospital and the $100 a plate Mid-Winter Night’s Dream gala dinner, auction and dance Saturday is the society’s biggest fundraiser of the year.

The event takes place at the Sacred Heart Church Hall this Saturday, Nov. 26.

While the gala is sold out, people can still help with the fundraising efforts by purchasing tickets on the Woodland Jeweller’s 2016 pendant raffle, by making donations of items for the raffle and by making independent cash donations says trust co-chair Rick Nelson.

“We greatly appreciate all of the support we receive from the community which has been very generous over the years,” Nelson says.

The pendant was designed and made by Woodland’s jeweller Geoff Bourdon, as a change from the annual ring raffle the store has held

Tickets on the Woodland Jeweller’s pendant created by Geoff Bourdon will be available from trust directors and at Woodland’s right up until closing time Saturday, Nelson says.

If there are still any tickets left after that, they will be available at the gala until draw time which is about 10 p.m. Saturday evening.

If all 600 raffle tickets sell at $20 each, which the usually do, Nelson says the raffle alone will raise $12,000 for the new CT scanner.

“This is a very substantial gift,” Nelson says.

“We greatly appreciate all of the support we receive from the community which has been very generous over the years,” Nelson says, adding the annual Woodland jewellery raffle alone is approaching the $1 million mark in fundraising for new equipment for Cariboo Memorial Hospital.

As of Wednesday, almost 100 items had been donated for the live and silent auctions, says foundation co-chair Carol Taphorn. One of the live auction items is a three day weekend at Plato Island Resort.

Donations of auction items can be dropped off at Interior Properties Real Estate at 25-2 Fourth Ave. across from Safeway.

Cash donations are also much appreciated as they help to defray the costs of the gala, Nelson says.

Tax deductible receipts are available for all donations, be they cash or in kind.

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