There are only two days left before the special Valentine’s Day Gala fundraiser for the Weyburn and District Hospital Foundation. Residents are encouraged to attend the gala to raise awareness of the Hospital Foundation.
The event will be held Friday, Feb. 14 at McKenna Hall. Tickets are $150 per couple or $100 per person. They are available at York Jewellers, Superior Office Products, Pharmasave or from any board member of the WDHF.
“We are not requesting sponsorship from the community, we only ask that a lot of people attend our fundraiser,” said Bernice Erickson, office manager for the Hospital Foundation.
The Valentine’s Day Gala will include cocktails and appetizers at 6 p.m., a plated dinner at 7 p.m. with a choice of prime rib or baked lemon chicken, and desserts and chocolate fountains.
Other special events during the Valentine’s Day Gala will include a photobooth, deejay, dancing and special entertainment by comedian Kelly Taylor.
“Comedian Kelly Taylor is getting great reviews and we all need humour in our lives, it is what gets us through these long Saskatchewan winters,” said Erickson. “The meal will be fantastic, amazing ambiance, and everyone will have a great time!”
There will be a special “Diamond in the Ice” fundraising during the evening.
The Hospital Foundation will be selling ice cubes, one of which will contain a one-carat Canadian diamond.
In other news for the Weyburn and District Hospital Foundation, Adam Knight is vacating his position as chairperson as of Friday, Feb. 28. Mal Barber has accepted the position of interim chairperson, and will serve from March 1 until the annual general meeting in June.
Also leaving the board will be Peter Andrews and Dave Harazny. Established board members include Mal Barber, Ron Milleker, Michael Hoffman, Al York, CJ Mainil, Dan Cugnet, Grant Marinos and Laura Resler. Their liaison member from the Sun Country Health Region is Karen Stephenson. New board members will include Jeff Hayward, Dr. Alain Lenferna, Scott Moffat and Jennifer Morrice.
The Weyburn and District Hospital Foundation was incorporated since 2009 and has raised, in cash and pledges, identified funds to date of $15.5 million towards the goal of $20 million. The other 80 per cent of funds for a new hospital has to be committed by the province.