Resident donates piece of hockey history to Foundation’s online auction

Submitted by St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation

Get your bids in before Friday, September 1st at 6 p.m.

With more than 80 different items in the St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation`s online auction, there is truly something for everyone.

But if you have a hockey buff in your life, be sure not to miss out on a piece of memorabilia that’s available in this year’s online auction. Above: St. Francis Memorial Hospital staff members hold the coveted Gordie Howe jersey signed by Mr. Hockey himself. The online auction features more than 80 items ranging from kitchen equipment to unique experiences and so much more. Proceeds from the sixth-annual auction will go toward local healthcare, including the purchase of essential equipment for St. Francis Memorial Hospital. Pictured, left to right: CNO & Director of Patient Care Services Mary-Ellen Harris, Unit Clerk Colleen Murack, RPN Jane Johnson, Manager of Health Information Services Kim Stewart and RPN Kelsey Scrim. (Photo submitted)

Carla Rozell has been coming to Barry`s Bay for 41 years. Her husband`s parents purchased the property on Kamaniskeg Lake in the late 1960s and built a summer cottage. During their regular visits to the area, Carla and her family had a few occasions that required a visit to the emergency department at St. Francis Memorial Hospital.

“We appreciated and valued the importance of having a local hospital,” she said.

In 2018, the Rozells purchased property and decided to build a permanent home.

When she retired from her job of 34 years at General Motors, she received a very special recognition award: a framed jersey signed by Mr. Hockey himself: Gordie Howe.

“Since we now belong to the community and KAPOA, we wanted to donate the jersey to help raise funds for the hospital via the St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation,” Carla said. “We hope it finds a new home with a hockey fan.”

Bidding has begun and the jersey is one of many items up for grabs. There are also items like an electric push lawnmower, stand up paddleboard, Homestead at Wolf Ridge golf packages, artwork and so much more.

The St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation, in conjunction with volunteer auction coordinator Rosanne Hoffman is organizing the sixth annual auction for local healthcare needs, including the purchase of two Workstations on Wheels (WOW), two stretchers, and a telemetry unit/pack for St. Francis Memorial Hospital.

The WOWs are used by staff to allow for real-time documentation and chart reviews. Of the two stretchers, one is specialized for emergency use, while the other can be utilized for outpatient clinic needs including women’s health, obstetrical care/emergency delivery, and sexual assault care. The telemetry unit/pack is placed on cardiac patients anywhere on the inpatient unit. This device allows them to be monitored remotely and not attached to a monitor.

The auction is now live online and bids are accepted until Friday, September 1st at 6 p.m. – which culminates the Friends of St. Francis Charity Golf Tournament being held at the Homestead at Wolf Ridge.

Visit to register, view and bid on all of your favourite items.

Hudder,C.,St.Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation(2023,Aug.18) Resident donates piece of hockey history to Foundation’s online auction [media release]

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