The Lillooet and District Hospital Foundation (LDHF) asked, and Lillooet answered in fine, fun style as a packed Harvest Dinner capped off a fundraising campaign that surpassed all expectations and smashed all records in raising at least $55,000, enough to meet the LDHF’s goal of providing all new beds for residents of Mountainview Lodge.
“Very successful; we’re still doing our final counts but a rough estimate, around $58,000 with all the donations that people made ahead of time and then what we made last night we’re at around $58,000, but we haven’t finalized,” LDJF chair Jessica McLellan said.
“A huge part of that is people sponsoring beds, which was very successful thing year.”
“People sponsoring beds” doesn’t take long to say, so it’s worth remembering that these aren’t just any beds and come with a $2,300 price tag – a price tag a good number of private donors and clubs and businesses were willing to pay out in full as their contribution to the fundraiser.
"That was a huge part obviously and then T’it’q’et’s money ($5,000 donation) and all the rest added in and then last night we were over $35,000 just with the dinner, I think. We just had lots of really excellent donations, between the live auction, silent auction and the games as well as the cash raffle which was new this year.”
New and a lot more profitable than it would have been without the generosity of the three winners, Lloyd Leach, Melody Elesko and Wendy Reynolds, who all donated their $500 winnings back to the foundation.
“So, we made about $3,800 just off of the cash raffle."
All told, LDHF treasurer Taylor Ferron said the event succeeded beyond her highest hopes.
"I was hoping to hit $40,000, just a little beyond our last year budget," Ferron said.
The next step is up to Interior Health, which will now be shopping for beds.