Larry Hilworth, chair of Farming for Health introduced the committee to the Gala guests. Those in attendance were: Dallas Bond of Pattison Agriculture, Blake Herperger of Rocky Mountain Equipment, Brad Guenther of Yorkton New Holland, Al Mitchell of Agratactics Agronomy; and Michael Yaholnitsky of Miccar Aerial. Not in attendance but on the committee are Darryl Flunder of Louis Dreyfus Commodities and Bruce Thurston of the Yorkton Co-operative. In addition to these individuals there are a number of individuals and businesses that participate and contribute in the project.
Mr. Hilworth announced that the Farming for Health project will continue for another four years.
"I have to say our committee really outdid themselves this year; the decorations were absolutely fabulous", continued Mrs. Rusnak. "Part of the Gala experience is the ambience, 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 22 years A Gala Evening in Yorkton has raised just over $600,000, 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 $13,130 was raised by the silent auction."
In addition to the silent auction Sherring Diamonds donated a beautiful set of diamond earrings that were raffled during the evening, which raised $2,040.
The members of the Gala Evening organizing committee are Chair Diane Rusnak, MaryAnn Trischuk, Cassidy Wagner, Carrie Powell, Sandra Ruff, Maxine Woodward, Wendy Zaporosky, Bridgette Carl, Kara Molnar, Cindy Dutchak, Ross Fisher and Debbie Blommaert.
"Northern Lights Gala was a tremendous success raising nearly $40,000," said Diane Rusnak, Chair of The Health Foundation. "
"There were 240 guests who had a great time and helped us to raise money for the new surgical microscope needed to continue the cataract surgery program at the Regional Hospital in Yorkton."
One of the highlights of the evening was the presentation from the Farming for Health committee, who announced the results of the farming project. This year Farming for Health had net proceeds of $243,656, one of the best years ever. In total Farming for Health has raised $1,000,000 in five years.
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