On Saturday, Sept. 29, the Lillooet District Hospital Foundation (LDHF) hosted its annual Harvest Dinner at the curling rink. The night brought both fun and funds, as the event is the biggest annual fundraiser for the Foundation which works to support programs and equipment for the hospital.
LDHF Treasurer Taylor Ferron told the News, “The Harvest Dinner is currently one of our main fundraisers and by [hosting] it we are able to purchase larger ticket items or many items in general that did not get Interior Health funding.”
Since 1996, the LDHF has raised and provided funding for more than $1.1 million of equipment for the local hospital. This year, according to Ferron, the foundation has raised more than $35,000, which was above its annual goal of $27,000.
Ferron said Foundation’s key equipment focus this year is a Slit Lamp, which is a device used to examine the eye that provides a 3-D image of the various parts of the eye. The cost of the Slit Lamp alone is $27,000, and the additional funds have gone towards purchasing fall mats, slings, vital machines, mattresses and lab equipment, said Ferron.
The night began with cocktail hour at 5:30 p.m. and guests were welcome to begin bidding on the numerous silent auction items, buying tickets for the wine raffle, which included a chance at winning a bottle of Dom Perignon Rosé Champagne valued at more than $300. Later in the evening, guests participated in a Casino Royale and live auction, which saw items fetching bids of more than $1000.
The Harvest Dinner included food supplied by local farms such as Spray Creek Ranch, Airport Gardens, Green Dirt Farms, Fountainview Farms, Rosebank Ranch, with donations from Buy-Low Foods, and dessert provided by Abundance Bakery. The meal was prepared by a team from the Cookhouse and Reynold’s Hotel and was led by Mel Medrano of Mel’s Restaurant.
Taylor Ferron told the News, “We are so appreciative of all the volunteers, donors, and guests that support us every year so we can in turn support the community.”
For further information on the LDHF visit its website at https://lillooethospitalfo.wixsite.com/ldhf.