The Ace of Spades was caught by lucky ticket holder Lorna Leach of Micksburg at this afternoon’s Catch The Ace lottery draw held by St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation (SFVH) at the Barry’s Bay Legion Branch 406. Viewers watching on Facebook Live were able to share in the excitement as the ticket was drawn from among more than 9,000 in the drum by Donor Relations Coordinator Christine Hudder. At that point, Lorna Leach had won herself $9,070 (the weekly prize). As her chosen number was 26, Catch The Ace team member Maxine Smaglinski then opened envelope number 26. Sighing, “Lucky Lorna,” she held up the Ace of Spades as those present at the Legion whooped and applauded. Above left: Christine Hudder holds the winning ticket while Maxine Smaglinski displays the Ace of Spades.
Meanwhile the big winner, of course, is the community. CEO of Valley Manor Long Term Care, Trisha Sammon, was present at the draw and announced that the Catch The Ace progressive lottery has raised $330,000 for Valley Manor Redevelopment. photo inset
The Manor’s Board Chair, Kathryn Marion, was also present and took the opportunity to thank everyone who brought tickets, volunteered their time and worked so hard to host the draw.
SFVH Executive Director Erin Gienow, host of the weekly Facebook Live videos, thanked all staff and volunteers and gave a special shout-out to the Legion for providing a venue for the virtual draw. SFVH Foundation will present the winner with her cheque in the very near future. Check back with The Current for that story.