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Hospital Foundation gala returns

The Portage District General Hospital Foundation’s gala evening has not only picked up steam in the 14 years, but has blasted past all expectations.

 

“It’s sold out again! We’re going to have to look at getting it into a bigger place next year,” said Foundation executive director Erin Miller. “We have tons of interest… we have a huge waiting list and even more people just walking by my office wondering what it’s all about.”

At capacity, the dinner brings in about 260 people every year and Miller projects that number could easily top 400.

“Honestly, we are so lucky to live in this great community,” she said.

The Oct.17 event will be completely sponsored this year, according to Miller, right from the wine to the catered dinner by Bill’s Sticky Fingers to the William Glesby Centre providing the venue. To add to the evening’s festivities a number of auctions will be held including a live auction by Dave Rodgers and a Rainbow Auction. Among the hundreds of prizes up for bid are a dinner at the Southport control tower, a sleigh ride through the Island of Lights with a pot of the Foundation’s award winning chili, event tickets, antique furniture, an Underground Railroad quilt, and pottery made by a local artist from clay collected from the Assiniboine River.

“They’re unique things that you can’t just go out to the store and buy,” said Miller.

The gala is the foundation’s biggest fundraiser of the year and in 2013 the event garnered $74,000 up from $46,000 in 2012. All the money raised goes towards purchasing equipment and supplies for the hospital.

“The Portage Hospital Foundation affects every single person that lives in our community and surrounding areas,” said Miller. “We offer great services here and everyone needs to use the hospital at some time or other.”

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