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P.E.I. health-care workers earn key to the city

Charlottetown Mayor Philip Brown proudly wears a T-shirt featuring a comment he made at a press conference last month. It reads, “I love to shake hands, I love to kiss babies. You can’t do that anymore’’. The Community Foundation of P.E.I. is selling it for $25, with $10 going towards the foundation’s fundraising drive for not-for-profits, small businesses and artists. T-shirts are also available with catch-phrases uttered by Premier Dennis King and Transportation Minister Steven Myers.
Charlottetown Mayor Philip Brown wears a T-shirt being sold by The Community Foundation of P.E.I. in support of its fundraising drive for not-for-profits, small businesses and artists. Brown awarded the Key to the City of Charlottetown to health-care workers during the community foundation's online gala May 1. - Contributed

Chase the ace fundraiser also announced during online broadcast

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. —

Charlottetown’s highest honour, the Key to the City, has been presented to P.E.I.'s chief public health officer Dr. Heather Morrison, the province's chief of nursing, Marion Dowling, and all health-care professionals across P.E.I.

The distinction was virtually bestowed during the Community Foundation of P.E.I.'s Stay-At-Home online gala Friday evening.

“On behalf of Charlottetown City Council and all of our citizens, we would like to thank our Key to the City recipients for everything they do daily to keep us safe during this public health emergency,” Mayor Philip Brown said. “Their jobs are stressful at the best of times; we can only imagine the conditions they are working under during this pandemic."

The honour, which includes a plaque at Charlottetown City Hall, celebrates individuals, groups or organizations that have contributed much to the City of Charlottetown. 

As well, during the gala Friday, the Community Foundation of P.E.I. announced a new P.E.I. Chase-the-Ace Online Lottery in support of the CFPEI COVID-19 Community Impact Fund.

The fundraiser is a 100 per cent online progressive jackpot, multiple-draw, weekly raffle in which ticketholders have the chance to win a weekly prize. Islanders can now purchase tickets, and the first draw will happen Thursday, May 21, at 7 p.m. for a minimum progressive jackpot of $2,500 and with subsequent draws weekly. 

"Our intent is to operate this chase the ace lottery during this crisis to address the substantial negative impact COVID-19 has had, and will continue to have, on charities and non-profits," said

CFPEI president Jonathan Ross. "This lottery is not intended to compete with existing community or service club fundraisers, so we plan on running the lottery only until such time that the need for COVID-19 relief has been met.”

The goal of the CFPEI COVID-19 Community Impact Fund is to raise $100,000 or more to be dispersed to registered charities and qualified organizations whose work helps provide relief for those whose lives have in some way been impacted by the coronavirus.

Purchasers must be 18 years of age or older at the time of purchase and must be located in the province of Prince Edward Island at time of purchase. Visit www.chasetheacepei.ca for details.

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