March 8 dinner to serve as wrap-up to CARES campaign

Eric McCarthy
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Published on February 06, 2014

The Knutsford Women’s Institute bake sale in aid of the Community Hospital’s equipment fund campaign proved doubly successful. Because ScotiaBank O’Leary staff members volunteered to assist with the bake sale the banking institution matched the proceeds, bringing the total contribution to $3,136.  David Ferguson, co-chair of the Community Hospital’s Community CARES campaign, accepts the proceeds from WI members, from left, Wanda Adams, Orell Smallman, Barb Sweet, Susan Smallman, Empress McDowell, Betty Sweet and Fairley Yeo.

Published on February 06, 2014

The last time Community Hospital O’Leary held a major fundraising campaign in 1994 Doug and Georgina Ferguson were the campaign co-chairs. This time their son and daughter-in-law are the co-chairs. Doug and Georgina, from left, present their contribution of $2,000 for the Community CARES Campaign to Carol and David Ferguson. The campaign to raise $450,000 for new X-Ray equipment is now within $20,000 of its objective.

Published on February 06, 2014

CARES Dinner

O’LEARY -- With the campaign to raise $450,000 for new X-ray equipment for Community Hospital now on the homestretch, the O’Leary Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, with the support of other service clubs in the community, is putting the final touches to plans for a campaign wrap-up dinner.

The dinner will be held at the legion on Saturday, March 8. It’s a St. Patrick’s Day-styled event, complete with good food and local entertainment.

Legion president Wayne Gorrill said other community groups, including the fireman’s club, Lions Club and curling club, have been invited to help out. “Our feelings are we’re stronger as a community than as individuals,” said legion president Wayne Gorrill.

Area businesses will be helping to provide ingredients for the buffet meal.

The St. Patrick’s/fundraising/celebration dinner also has the backing of ScotiaBank. Staff from the O’Leary branch will be helping out with the meal and, as a result, the financial institution will match the proceeds raised at the event, up to $5,000.

Carol Ferguson, co-chair of the O’Leary Community Health Foundation’s CARES (Can Advance with x-Ray Equipment Services) Campaign is pleased with how the fund is growing, now within $20,000 of its objective. She’s confident dinner proceeds and related fundraising activities during the evening, will push the campaign over the top, thereby making the dinner a community celebration event.

Along with local entertainment there will be a 50-50 draw and a silent auctions on donated items. There will also be a decorated cake contest and those cakes will be auctioned off to the highest bidders at the end of the evening. Anyone interested in donating items for the silent auction or in decorating a cake is asked to call Alan at the legion.

The March 8 event gets underway with a reception at 6 p.m. followed by the buffet dinner at 7 p.m. Storm date is March 15. Tickets are available from participating service clubs.  

Organizations: Lions Club, ScotiaBank, O’Leary Community Health Foundation Equipment Services

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