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Kincardine hospital auxiliary raises more than $6,000 at Holiday Sale and Tea Room

November 26, 2022

The South Bruce Grey Health Centre – Kincardine hospital auxiliary raised more than $6,000 at the Holiday Sale and Tea Room, held Nov. 18-19, at the Inverlyn Lake Estates club room.

That news was shared by hospital gift shop conveners Tracy Robinson and Brigitte Rauket at the auxiliary’s Christmas luncheon, held Wednesday at Ainsdale Golf Course.

They raised a toast to Nancy Potter, former gift shop convener, for all her hard work and dedication to make the gift shop the success it is today.

Robinson thanked all the volunteers who work in the gift shop and everyone who assisted with the sale and tea room, noting the auxiliary has been successful because the members have a “what’s possible” attitude. She gave special thanks to Wilma Manary, Dotty McClelland and Sylvia Abbot who organized the tea room and baked goods sale.

Rauket told the group that the sale brought in $3,831.85 on the Friday (Nov. 18) and $1,388.30 on the Saturday (Nov. 19), and the tea room brought in $1,091, for a total of $6,311.15. All the money raised goes toward purchasing new equipment for the Kincardine hospital.

Robinson noted that John Satosek of Kincardine Canadian Tire has, once again, donated a Christmas tree to the auxiliary. A collection was taken among auxiliary members to purchase Canadian Tire gift cards. The tree and gifts cards will be given to a local deserving family selected in partnership with a community agency. The auxiliary appreciates the support of Satosek in helping to brighten up a family's Christmas.

At the luncheon, auxiliary president Cheryl Rogers welcomed about 40 members and guests, including health centre board chairman Bill Heikkila, president and chief executive officer Michael Barrett, and Kincardine and Community Health Care Foundation president Becky Fair.

“We have 65 volunteers in the auxiliary and we have welcomed a lot of new members recently,” said Rogers. “Our fund-raising activities have been amazing this year and I am proud of our efforts. We have achieved great things.”

The auxiliary presented a cheque for $43,000 to the hospital foundation, which includes $10,000 from the gift shop.

Heikkila thanked the auxiliary for its support of the Kincardine hospital.

“Your group is everywhere and you not only raise money for the hospital, you raise awareness,” he said. “All the money raised here, stays here at the Kincardine hospital. Exciting things are happening for our hospital, including the new CT scanner which is expected to be up and running next spring, and the hospital redevelopment project."

Fair echoed those sentiments, saying the auxiliary and the foundation are extensions of each other. “You are an amazing group of individuals, and what you do is incredible. Happy Holidays!”

Barrett added his thanks to the auxiliary members for giving back to the community in service to others.

“There are wonderful times ahead for the Kincardine hospital,” he said. “Construction is ongoing 24/7 to get the CT scanner suite completed. The scanner is to be installed in February, then calibrated and up and running by March.

“The hospital redevelopment is well on its way. There are a lot of challenges in the health system, but we want to focus on the good things that happening in Kincardine. Thank you to all of you for raising money and supporting the Kincardine hospital. All the best and Merry Christmas!”

Donna Mowry installed the new executive which includes past-presidents Pat Emmerton and Lois Dwan, president Cheryl Rogers, first vice-president Jeanne Lindsay, second vice-president Tracy Capeling, treasurer Wilma Manary, secretary Sally Lichtenberg, and press reporter Liz Nurton.

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