It was a night of surprises, pleasant ones, at a fundraising event Saturday in aid of the county’s largest hospital.
In a show of community support and awareness of just how important Prince County Hospital is, two Island businesses stepped up to the plate and stepped up their game in aid of the Prince County Hospital Foundation.
The first surprise of the evening came from Danny and Martie Murphy of D.P. Murphy Inc.
Organizers of Saturday’s Grass Roots and Cowboy Boots event, held at Eastlink Arena at Credit Union Place, already knew that the Murphys were donating $100,000 to the effort.
But, when Danny stood to speak, he told of how, just that very day, a loved one had been admitted to the province’s largest hospital. He spoke of the importance of these health-care facilities in our communities and announced, to the glee of the more than 1,100 in attendance, that he was doubling his pledge to $200,000.
The next surprise came from Jeff Poirier of Vector Aerospace, a company that employs many in the area.
That company, too, had already indicated to organizers that it would be making a very large contribution of $100,000.
But, as Poirier spoke, he, too, upped the ante, doubling his company’s pledge to $200,000.
Those two donations, coupled with monies raised through the televised event, auction, event tickets, brought the total raised and pledged Saturday evening to $622,000, almost half of the $1.3-million goal of the Prince County Hospital Foundation’s goal this year.
It’s a staggering amount of money. And the amount raised and pledged shows just how important and vital people of the Island feel the services offered at Prince County Hospital are to the community.
The money raised Saturday night was the most raised to date at the annual event. It has become one of the largest contributors to the hospital fund, which is used to purchase much-needed equipment for the Summerside-based hospital.
Organizers and contributors should be commended on the event.
While few of us can afford to pledge hundreds of thousands of dollars to the equipment campaign, we, too, can do what we can to support our hospital.
It is vital that when events such as Grass Roots and Cowboy Boots or the other big fundraising event in aid of the foundation — Lights for Life — come around that we give what we can to help.
Because there is little doubt that we, or one of our loved ones, will someday need one of the services offered at the health-care facility.
It’s our hospital, so let’s support it.