“This was a very good Gala Evening,” said Diane Rusnak, Chair of The Health Foundation. “We had 260 guests and were successful in raising nearly $40,000 which will help purchase new monitoring equipment in the ICU of the regional hospital.”
Anytime you can raise money and the people making donations are having fun and enjoying themselves, then you must be doing something right,” continued Mrs. Rusnak. "This Gala evening was very successful; the people who attended had fun. Our guests had a great meal, and were able to dance to a wonderful live band.”
“More and more we see people are looking for an opportunity to go out and have fun in a good atmosphere. Part of the Gala experience is the ambiance, with the beautiful decorations and the little extras that you don’t see at any other event. Gala is meant to be a special night out, and our committee works hard every year to create something special and memorable for our guests.”
In 21 years A Gala Evening in Yorkton has raised just over $560,000, all of which has been used to purchase medical equipment for the Sunrise Health Region.
“We have strong results like this because we have such great support from the business community, with great sponsorship and many donations to our silent auction. This year $14,235 was raised by the silent auction portion of the Gala."
In addition to the silent auction Sherring Diamonds donated a beautiful matching diamond necklace and earrings that was raffled off. We raised $2,300 on the raffle.
The members of the Gala Evening organizing committee are: Chair Diane Rusnak, MaryAnn Trischuk, Carrie Powell, Sandra Ruff, Vange Vallaster, Maxine Woodward, Wendy Zaporosky, Bridgette Carl, Kara Molnar, Cindy Dutchak, Ross Fisher and Debbie Blommaert.
The Health Foundation of East Central Saskatchewan, Inc. is a volunteer organization dedicated to being the leaders in continuously improving and expanding the quality of healthcare and medical services in east central Saskatchewan.
Our mission is to work in partnership with donors, the community, healthcare providers and government to raise and invest funds in capital and educational initiatives that will enhance healthcare services for our health region.
The Foundation is guided by a volunteer board, and operates independently from both the health region and government. It receives no money other than your much-appreciated donations.
Jack Wruth announced Nov. 4 that Re/Max Blue Chip Realty is donating a house valued at $169,900 to The Health Foundation.
“We decided to give this house to The Health Foundation for a number of reasons, key among those would be that we think the work the Foundation does is very important for everyone who lives in this area. The work they do improves healthcare services for everyone who lives in this region,” said Mr. Wruth.
“The other key reason we decided to donate this house is that we all know a new regional hospital is coming to Yorkton; we can all see it is needed. The existing hospital is old and out of date; it was not built to deliver the type of healthcare provided today. We wanted to help the Foundation move the process forward, to help them create awareness of the need for a new hospital, and to help them begin the fundraising that will be needed,” continued Mr. Wruth.
“We have suggested to The Health Foundation that they could use the house to establish a lottery with the house as the first prize. A lottery will raise money and provide the opportunity to raise awareness for the new hospital at the same time. Our team of agents can help to market the lottery, and we at Re/Max have billboards and other marketing tools that will be useful and we will make available to the Foundation.”
“This is an amazing donation and the largest one time donation we’ve received from individuals in almost 20 years. We are very grateful to Mr. Wruth and Mrs. Shank for their generosity. We also want to thank Jack and Doris for their thoughtfulness, because this is a donation that keeps on giving as it provides us opportunity for the future,” said Ross Fisher, Executive Director of The Health Foundation.
“Mr. Wruth is correct in that we need to advance the campaign for a new hospital, both with the public and with the government. Our board reviewed this generous donation and they agree that the best thing we can do with this wonderful new house is make it the first prize in a new lottery The Health Foundation will launch in 2017,” continued Mr. Fisher
“We have moved forward with plans for a house lottery, and have submitted an application for a lottery license. We will announce details for the lottery at a later date, however, we do expect to have tickets available for Christmas.”
“We have been supporters and sponsors of the work of The Health Foundation for many years now," Mr. Wruth added. "We have watched how they conduct themselves and seen the results of the efforts of the Foundation. We believe they will manage this donation wisely and to the benefit of the community."
“Doris and I, and our team here at Re/Max look forward to working with the Foundation on their new venture, an exciting house lottery”, concluded Mr. Wruth.
Radiothon: April 25 and 26
Charity Golf Classic:June 9
Road Race/Community Walk: Aug. 21
Gala: Oct. 22