Palmerston Legion donates $34,500 to local organizations

PALMERSTON – The Palmerston Legion’s Catch the Ace committee has announced five local recipients of nearly $35,000 in funds raised by its latest round of Catch the Ace draws.

On March 15, members of the Catch the Ace Committee presented the five groups with cheques totalling $34,500.

The donations were presented to:

  • Palmerston and District Hospital Foundation, $14,000;
  • Minto Mental Health (for the Integrated Youth Services Network Initiative), $10,000;
  • All Aboard Palmerston’s Beautification Committee, $5,500;
  • Norwell District Secondary School, $2,500; and
  • Palmerston Public School, $2,500.

Dale Franklin, development officer for the Palmerston and District Hospital Foundation, says the funds received from the Legion will be used to put the last two pieces of equipment in place for the new ear, nose and throat surgical specialty being offered at the Palmerston and District Hospital.

“Our friends at the Legion have purchased the two nasopharyngoscopes required for these important procedures to be available in our community,” said Franklin.

“We are proud and grateful to partner with the Palmerston Legion to keep quality care close to home.”

Jessica Martin of Minto Mental Health says the IYSN Hub in Palmerston will use the funds to purchases some of the final items for the youth to use while visiting the Hub across from Norwell.

“We are so grateful for the generous donation from the Palmerston Legion,” said Martin.

All Aboard Palmerston’s Beautification Committee plans on putting its portion of the Catch the Ace proceeds towards the purchase of a new sunshade shelter at the Palmerston Pool.

“We know how much the pool spectators will appreciate being protected from the sun,” stated Amy Habermehl and Amy Heinmiller of the Beautification Committee.

“We are so blessed to have you, as well as the Palmerston Lions, to help out with these expenses.”

Norwell District Secondary School is using its share of the funds for its “Families in Need” fund. This fund has been used so far to provide some grocery gift cards and clothing to those who need it.

Palmerston Public School representatives were unable to attend the cheque presentation but expressed their gratitude to the Legion for the donation. They plan on using the funds to purchases laptops for students and for supplies for the school’s breakfast program.

“On behalf of the Palmerston Legion’s Catch the Ace committee, we want to thank the community for their support,” stated BJ Cochrane. “Without each of you purchasing weekly tickets we would not be able to support our community like we do.”

The next Catch the Ace draw starts on April 9, and tickets are on sale now.