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Northern Lights Health Foundation's Spring Fling raises $205-thousand

Last Updated Mar 20, 2017 at 10:47 am MST

Northern Lights Health Foundation

The Northern Lights Health Foundation’s (NLHF) 30th annual Spring Fling was a huge hit, raising $205,000.

Over 500 guests gathered at Shell Place on March 18, 2017 to enjoy dinner, dancing and live and silent auctions. The live auction alone raised $58,500 for the Health Foundation.

Guest were also provided with an update on the foundation’s Gratitude Campaign.

In just one year after it’s launch, the campaign has secured $6.6-million in donations and pledges. This fundraiser is the largest in the foundations history and the goal is to raise $16-million to provide critically-needed health care projects across the region.

“The Board really appreciates the opportunity to bring Health Foundation supporters together with the local health care team every March. In light of the current economic and post-wildfire conditions, we were overwhelmed with the number of companies and individuals who chose to invest in local health care through the event,” says Melanie Antoine, Board Chair of the Northern Lights Health Foundation. “We were also very pleased to announce 10 new business donors in the over $50,000 level to the Gratitude Campaign. The campaign projects are needed more than ever and we appreciate their support.”

Cindy Amerongen, Executive Director of the Northern Lights Health Foundation, shared a video of over 80 people who are honoured on the Health Foundation’s Memorial Wall.

“Friends and family often leave a legacy gift in a loved one’s name to recognize the care provided, or to ensure their name is not forgotten. The In Memorial Wall has a profound effect for everyone who works at or visits the Health Centre. We are so privileged to ensure their names and stories are told,” said Amerongen.

“Ensuring the best care possible is one of the hallmarks of our work and that is why one of the major projects in our Gratitude Campaign is to provide quality spaces for end-of-life care.”

Amerongen also updated attendees on the Palliative Care Suites fundraising that is closing in on its $1.3-million goal to create three family-friendly palliative care suites at the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre (NLRHC).

“Thanks to individuals and businesses that have made pledges and donations, purchased tickets for the Jeremy Snook Memorial Raffle, or contributed at our signature events such as Spring Fling, this project has been approved to begin the detailed design and costing required for creating the scope of the suites.”

Tickets for the 2017 Jeremy Snook Memorial Raffle are on sale now.

 

The NLHF was established in 1985 and exists to provide funds to support health care priorities within the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB).