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Black Tie Bingo surpasses $2 million

The Foundation of Guelph General Hospital’s annual fundraising gala, Black Tie Bingo, held Saturday night, raised $177,305 (net of expenses), putting the 18-year cumulative total to more than $2 million. This year’s proceeds will go towards the purchase of equipment for the Hospital’s surgical program.

“We are thrilled,” said Foundation President and CEO Suzanne Bone. “It was an incredible event with incredible results, thanks to the collective efforts of so many – sponsors, guests, prize donors, volunteers and staff. And $2 million – wow! As always, our community stands strong behind the Hospital and we’re so grateful.”

While many may think the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s funding covers all capital costs, in fact, hospitals are on their own when it comes to buying most equipment. At Guelph General Hospital, one in every two dollars spent on patient care equipment comes from the generosity of a donor.

A soldout crowd of 430 guests bid strongly on more than 150 silent and live auction prizes including trips to Paris, China  and Mexico, golf and spa packages, jewellery, fine wine, clothing, home décor items and more. They also purchased raffle tickets for the opportunity to win great prizes. The grand prize for the final bingo game was a trip for two to Atlantis, Paradise Island in the Bahamas.

The theme this year was “An Aqua Gala.” There was a mermaid on the bar, aqua-coloured signature drinks, aquarium-like centerpieces and a tropical, ocean-like dining room. Our guests got into the theme – there were many dresses in various shades of blue, and even an octopus lariat. The chefs at the University of Guelph Conference and Catering Services outdid themselves with a marvelous four-course meal inspired by the oceans of the world.

There was a special ceremony to acknowledge the 10-year commitment of presenting sponsor Westminster Woods. Our Gold Sponsors included The Letter M Marketing, Lindsay Construction Services, and The Guelph Tribune and Silver Sponsorswere Danby Products Ltd., Devlan Construction Ltd., Guelph Mercury Community Partnership Program, Knar Jewellery, Nestlé Waters Canada, Palmer Audio and Event Services, Scotiabank, Sleeman Breweries Ltd., Sorbara Law: Sorbara, Schumacher, McCann LLP, Synndicus Studios, Barbara Fisk – Travel Professionals International.

The Foundation of Guelph General Hospital was established in 1987.  Since that time, more than $40 million has been raised to help Guelph General Hospital fulfill its mission – “Together with our community and guided by our values, we provide quality, patient-centred health care.”

March 3, 2014