Summer fun yields big benefits for local healthcare

Two of the most popular summer activities in the Valley – golf and boating – have resulted in significant funds raised for local healthcare, reported St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation after two cheque presentations earlier this week.

Friends and family members of the late Lorna Hudder gathered to remember their loved one and give back to local healthcare. Money was raised at the July 8 second-annual Lorna Hudder Memorial Golf Tournament, which took place at the Homestead at Wolf Ridge. A total of $2,665.42 was raised. Tournament organizer Pat Pilgrim said Lorna was a strong supporter of local healthcare and would want the money to be forwarded to the St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation (SFVHF). The Foundation raises funds for its three partners including St. Francis Memorial Hospital (SFMH), Madawaska Valley Hospice Palliative Care (MVHPC), and Valley Manor. Proceeds will go toward the purchase of essential healthcare equipment. Shown above from left: Lorna’s husband Andy Hudder, SFMH Chief Operating Officer Greg McLeod, Valley Manor CEO Trisha Deslaurier, tournament supporter Sue Klatt, MVHPC Program Assistant/Clinical Assistant Debbie Morin, tournament organizer Pat Pilgrim , Lorna’s son-in-law and tournament sponsor Joe Holly, and SFVHF Executive Director Erin Gienow. Photo submitted.

The organizers behind this year’s Kamaniskeg and Area Property Owners Association (KAPOA) Poker Run announced an ambitious goal to raise $27,000 for essential medical equipment at the Barry’s Bay hospital. St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation was pleased to report that KAPOA hosted its 11th annual Poker Run on July 29 and visited with the SFVH Foundation to drop off the proceeds from the event. An incredible $37,398.57 was raised, with proceeds going to local healthcare including the purchase of a baby isolette for St. Francis Memorial Hospital (SFMH). Pictured above from left: KAPOA President Kerra Wylie, poker run organizer Bruce Willmer, SFMH Chief Operating Officer Greg McLeod, KAPOA Treasurer Laura Stevens, and SFVH Foundation Executive Director Erin Gienow. Photo submitted.

Editor’s note: The cutline for the above KAPOA photo was amended Aug.26

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