The 21st Annual Gala raises $38,600


“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. 

• Thank you to Grain Millers, the Yorkton Antique Auto Association and the Willowbrook Lions Club for their generous donations to the ICU campaign. Click here for details •
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Improving health care in our region


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 and Doris Shank of Re/Max donate House to The Health Foundation


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. 

2016 events


​​Radiothon: April 25 and 26

50/50 Lottery:on sale to May 10, draw date May 13

Charity Golf Classic:June 9

Road Race/Community Walk: Aug. 21

Gala: Oct. 22​


Thank you!


The following individuals, organizations and businesses contributed more than $1,000 in 2015.

A and W Yorkton Drive-In Ltd. | Access Communications | Alfred Achtymichuk | Dr. Praveen Ahuja | Doug and Terry Alberts | Atlas Aggregates and Construction

Bailey's Funeral Home Ltd. | Barbour Excavating Inc. | Bev Berger | John Bilokreli | Brayden Ottenbreit Close Cuts for Cancer | RM of Buchanan No. 304 | Village of Buchanan | Kenneth Burch

RM of Calder No. 241 | RM of Cana No. 214 | Canadian Pacific Railway | Canadian Tire | Canadian Western Bank | Canora Hospital Auxiliary | Canora Wheatland Lioness Club | Cargill Limited | Charis Medical Inc | Chernoff Family Foundation | Christie's Funeral Home and Crematorium | Churchbridge Credit Union | RM of Churchbridge No. 211 | CIBC | City of Yorkton | Core Real Estate Inc. | Core-Tech Structured Cabling | Cornerstone Credit Union | Credit Union Manager's Association | Crossroads Credit Union Limited | Crusader Drilling Corp. | Culligan  of Yorkton | Custom Printers

D.R. Auto Extras Ltd. | Days Inn & Suites | Dick and Faye DeRyk | Done-Rite Autobody and  Painting Ltd. | Dr. C.A. Spies Medical Prof. Corp | Dr. Greg Trischuk Dental Professional Corp. | Dr. N.T. Swan Medical Prof. Corp. | Duck Mountain Ambulance Care Ltd.

E.M.W Industrial Ltd. | Eecol Electric | Roy and Elsie Elsasser | RM of Emerald No. 277 | Energy Guard | John and Josepha Engel

Fair Court Asset Management | Farrell Agencies Ltd. | Fedorowich Construction | RM of Fertile Belt No. 183 | Town of Foam Lake | Leonard    Ford | Functional Rehab Inc.

G & M Excavating Ltd. | Gateway Co-operative Ltd | Dave Gerega | RM of Good Lake No. 274 | Harlow Gough | Ron Gough | Grain Millers Canada Corp. | RM of Grayson No. 184 | GX 94/Fox FM Radio | GX94 Community Support Fund

Harvest Meats | Highway 10 Homes Ltd. | Larry and Kathy Hilworth | Vi and the late Andy Hnatuk | Alice Hollinger | Don Hood | Peter and Barbara Hutzul | Hyas Recreation Board

RM of Insinger No. 275 | Integrity Builders Ltd. | RM of Invermay No. 305 | Invesco Canada | Town of Ituna | RM of Ituna Bon Accord No. 246

Kamsack Hospital Auxiliary | R. Bruce and Gwen Keith | Henry and Florence Kereliuk | Key Chevrolet Oldsmobile Cadillac Ltd. | RM of Keys No. 303 | Raymond and Nancy King | Kinsmen Club of Yorkton | Ryan Kitchen | Donna Kitsch | Knights of Columbus #2031 | Gene and Gladys Krepakevich

Gerald and Helen Lamson | Leland, Campbell LLP | Logan Stevens Construction | Loucks Medi-Health Pharmacy | Louis Dreyfus Commodities | Wasylina Lushney | M C Knoll School | W.Donald and Frances McLaren | RM of McLeod No. 185 | McMunn & Yates | Barry Mehling | Melrose Place | Melville Chevrolet Buick GMC | Melville Money Men | Miccar Aerial Ltd. | Morris Industries | Mosaic Canada ULC | Nestor Mykytyshyn | John and Anne Mysko

National Bank Financial | Newton Landscaping and Hydrovac Service Ltd. | Norenda Construction | Town of Norquay | Nykolaishen Farm Equipment Ltd.

RM of Orkney No. 244 | OSS (2002) Ltd. | James and Patricia Overend | Mike and the late Mary Ozirney

Painted Hand Casino | Painted Hand Community Development Corporation | Doris Elaine Parr | Parrish & Heimbecker Ltd. | Diane Pask | Murray and Adele Pask | Penguin Refrigeration Ltd. | Edward and Agnes Perpeluk | Wayne Pochynuk | Prairie Co-operative Limited | RM of Preeceville No. 334 | Grant and Betsy Preston | John Prien

Neil and Tricia Rathgaber | RBC Foundation | RBC Royal Bank | Re/Max Blue Chip Realty | Thelma and the late Bob Ribchester | Richardson  Oilseed | Royal Canadian Legion Branch 77 | Royal Canadian Legion #249 | Rusnak  Balacko  Kachur Rusnak

Sage Creek Developments | RM of Saltcoats No. 213 | Kris and Debbie Sapara | SaskTel | Schaan Healthcare Products | SeCan Association | SecurTek Monitoring Solutions | Wally and the late Helen Sedlick | SEI Investments Canada Company | Gerard Severin | Shawn Patenaude Legal Prof Corp. | Sherring Diamonds | Shyiak Enterprises Ltd. | June Skrepnick | RM of Sliding Hills No. 273 | Ruth Smith | Smith Steel Inc. | Solon Core Contracting | Sorgaard Ranches Limited | Town of Springside | RM of Spy Hill No. 152 | St. Henry's Rosary Sodality | St. Paul Lutheran Home Foundation | St. Peter's Hospital Foundation | RM of Stanley No. 215 | Strategic Charitable Giving Foundation | Town of Sturgis | John Sukenik | Sun Local #78 | Sunrise Regional Medical and Surgical Staff | Supreme Basics

TA Foods Ltd. | TD Asset Management | Terry Ortynsky's Royal Ford | TF Yogurt Yorkton Inc. | Travellin Outlaws

Sylvia Ukrainetz | Ukrainian Catholic Brotherhood

Viterra Inc. | Bernie and Karen Vogel

RM of Wallace No. 243 | Roy and Nancy Werle | Western Financial Group | Willowbrook and District Lions Club | Ruth Wilson-Bigg

Yorkton Antique Auto Association | Yorkton Area Parents for The Milk Box | Yorkton Co-operative Association Ltd. | Yorkton Curling Club | Yorkton Hyundai | Yorkton Lions Club | Yorkton SaskTel  Pioneers Club | Yorkton Toyota | Yorkton Welding & Machine (1983) Ltd.