Cariboo Foundation Hospital Trust volunteers Tammy Tugnum and Joy Hennig work the front of the Gala while attendees enter for the evening. Tara Sprickerhoff photo.

Cariboo Foundation Hospital Trust volunteers Tammy Tugnum and Joy Hennig work the front of the Gala while attendees enter for the evening. Tara Sprickerhoff photo.

Fire and Ice Hospital Gala raises $75,000

Money to go towards equipment at emergency room, surgery room and obstetrics

Stunning dresses and a decor to match graced the Sacred Heart School for the Cariboo Foundation Hospital Trust’s 13th annual Christmas Gala on Nov. 25.

The theme, somewhat fortuitously, was Fire and Ice, with dresses and suits matching the reds and whites of flame and snow.

Through tickets, donations and the silent auction, this year’s gala raised approximately $75,000 in funds that will go towards purchasing equipment for the Cariboo Memorial Hospital.

“I don’t know how to verbalize our appreciation for the community and how generous they are,” said Richard Nelson, Cariboo Foundation Hospital Trust co-chair.

This year’s gala was one of the most prosperous that they’ve had, he said.

“This year we didn’t know how it would go because of the fire and the problems we had but this year people sure came through,” he said. “The fire generated a real community spirit.

The meal was sold out and attendees bid very generously on the silent auction items, said Nelson.

This year’s money will go towards purchasing equipment for the operating room, the emergency room and obstetrics.

Through an agreement with the Cariboo Chilcotin Regional Hospital District, the fund contributes 60 per cent to the cost of a machine, while the regional district contributes the additional 40 per cent.

In the past, the fund has purchased items such as mammography units, CT scanners and an echo cardiogram.

“We’re all volunteers and virtually all the money that we raise stays in the community,” said Nelson. “We’re trying to improve conditions for local people in terms of providing equipment so they don’t have to travel. One of the big issues with providing diagnosis or treatment is all the travel. You have to go to the Okanagan or Kamloops. If we get the equipment here then we don’t have to plus we retain doctors or specialists here.”

Nelson encourages anyone who is thinking of donating for equipment at the hospital to contact the trust, so that they can leverage the money with their agreement with the regional district.

Otherwise, the trust already has plans for next year’s fundraisers. On Aug. 25, they’re planning an old-fashioned barn dance and barbecue at the Jacobsen Estate north of Wildwood.

“Anybody who can can remember the old barn dances out at the Horsefly area, this is going to be something that hopefully will remind people of that,” said Nelson.

The $75,000 brought the funds the Hospital Trust has raised in the community since its inception around the year 2000 to over $2 million.

“Thanks to the local community for the donations. We get blown away every year. You think you’d get used to it.”

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Tara Sprickerhoff photo                                Abbi King, Heather Cowan and Christy Smith wear dresses reminiscent of flames and ice matching the fire and ice theme of the gala.

Tara Sprickerhoff photo Abbi King, Heather Cowan and Christy Smith wear dresses reminiscent of flames and ice matching the fire and ice theme of the gala.

Just Posted

International Women’s Day is March 8. (Internationalwomensday.com)
International Women’s Day 2021: #choosetochallenge

International Women’s Day is marked annually on March 8

Celebrate women in leadership, March 8, International Women’s Day 2021 (Unsplash)
EDITORIAL: International Women’s Day 2021 shines spotlight on achievements, ongoing inequities

COVID-19 increased gender-based violence, economic stress, the burden of care giving for women

Amarjit Khakh of Williams Lake. (Photo submitted)
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2021: Amarjit Khakh

Kindness and giving, key to full life

Sierra William (left) with her grandmother Eileen William. (Roger William photo)
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2021: Sierra William

Xeni Gwet’in woman finds strength in tradition

Cynthia English (Photo submitted)
INTERNATIONL WOMEN’S DAY 2021: Cynthia English

Cynthia English, 30, has been working in the logging industry for several years

Elvira D’Angelo, 92, waits to receive her COVID-19 vaccination shot at a clinic in Montreal, Sunday, March 7, 2021, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
‘It’s been a good week’: Tam hopeful on vaccines as pandemic anniversary nears

Tam says the addition of two new vaccines will help Canadians get immunized faster

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Const. Allan Young. Photo: Abbotsford Police Department
Manslaughter charge laid in Nelson death of Abbotsford police officer

Allan Young died after an incident in downtown Nelson last summer

(The Canadian Press)
‘Worse than Sept. 11, SARS and financial crisis combined’: Tourism industry in crisis

Travel services saw the biggest drop in active businesses with 31 per cent fewer firms operating

Pictures and notes in from friends and classmates make up a memorial in support and memory of Aubrey Berry, 4, and her sister Chloe, 6, during a vigil held at Willows Beach in Oak Bay, B.C., on December 30, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Mother of slain daughters supports recent changes to Canada’s Divorce Act

Sarah Cotton-Elliott said she believed her children took a back seat to arranging equal parenting

Victoria man Brett Andersen is asking for people’s help to secure him one of eight free tickets to the moon. (Screenshot/@brettandersen Instagram)
Victoria man wants your help securing a free ticket to the moon

Japanese billionaire offering eight people a trip to the moon

The Conservation Officers Service is warning aquarium users after invasive and potentially destructive mussels were found in moss balls from a pet store. (BC Conservation Officers Service/Facebook)
Aquarium users in B.C. warned after invasive mussels found at pet store

Conservation officers were told the mussels were found in a moss ball from a Terrace pet store.

Hockey hall-of-fame legend Wayne Gretzky, right, watches the casket of his father, Walter Gretzky, as it is carried from the church during a funeral service in Brantford, Ont., Saturday, March 6, 2021. HE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Walter Gretzky remembered as a man with a ‘heart of gold’ at funeral

The famous hockey father died Thursday at age 82 after battling Parkinson’s disease

Most Read