Fire and Ice theme for 2015 Starlight Gala

The communities of Minto and Mapleton have a long tradition of solid partnership with their hospital in keeping quality health care close to home.

Each year the municipalities are at the top of the class for rural communities in the total funds raised for priority projects not funded by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.

“Through successful fundraising campaigns, citizens of our communities contribute faithfully in order to continue the excellence in rural health care experienced at their hospital,” states a press release from the Palmerston and District Hospital Foundation.

The foundation will be celebrating this tradition of excellence this spring by organizing the annual Starlight Gala. Fittingly, the idea for this event came from a group of staff, and over the years the event has become the hospital’s biggest fundraiser.

On May 23, the 15th Annual Starlight Gala will take place in Harriston at the Harriston – Minto Community Complex.  The theme will be “Fire and Ice” and will feature a delicious meal by Alex Petter of  Culinary Fool, along with hors d’oeuvres by Helen McFadzean.

A large silent and live auction will be offered again with donated items by supportive businesses and community members. Gray’s Auction Services will create an exciting atmosphere as auctioneers for the live auction. There is still time to donate to the silent auction by calling foundation development officer Dale Franklin at 519-343-2030 ext. 4402. Cash donations are also gratefully accepted as well.  

The MCs for the evening will be local broadcast personalities Phil Main and Julie B. The evening will wrap up with dancing to the sounds of “Motown Mania.”

The business community has again been supportive, with over 40 businesses and organizations coming on board as sponsors for the event. Tickets are always in short supply as this event is seen by many as one not to be missed, but there are still a few available at this point.

The foundation fundraising programs always focus on the highest priority need of the hospital.  The proceeds for this year’s gala will be directed to the purchase of a new ultrasound machine. Additional funds, if raised, will be directed to the next highest priority equipment required.

“Our foundation is extremely appreciative of our community’s commitment to its hospital and to keeping quality care close to home,” organizers state.

For information contact Franklin at 519-343-2030 ext. 4402.