Taste of Italy nets auxiliary $15,000
By Jenn Watt
The Haliburton Legion was bustling on Saturday night for the Haliburton Hospital Auxiliary’s annual Taste of Italy fundraiser.
Artists donated a smorgasbord of pottery, paintings and sculpture, while businesses offered up free passes, tickets to sporting events, items of clothing and much more for the silent auction.
Haliburton Highlands Health Services CEO Varouj Eskedjian and auxiliary president Tracey Lear both thanked attendees for supporting the hospital with the equipment and furnishings necessary to maintain the high standard of health care the community has come to expect.
Since its inception in 1971, the local auxiliary has purchased more than $1 million worth of equipment for the hospital and long-term care unit. Saturday night’s event raised another $15,000.
“Once again, people who attended seemed to have a heck of a good time as well as helped raise some very significant funds for such a good cause,” said organizer Judy Skinner following the event.
Besides the Italian dinner, the auxiliary holds many other fundraisers throughout the year including the quilt raffle, wheel barrow of wine raffle, geranium tea, tag day and more.
In the last year alone, the auxiliary funded a security camera, stove for Highland Wood long-term care, privacy curtains for the emergency room, lead apron and curtains for the X-ray department, bariatric chair for triage, Christmas gifts for Highland Wood residents, chairs and tables for Highland Wood and more. Those purchases totalled just less than $70,000.