FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Hospital Foundation has officially tallied the results of its 21st annual ‘Be an Angel’ campaign, announcing that this year’s fundraiser brought in over $315,000.
Throughout November, December and into January hundreds of donors contributed to the “Be An Angel” Campaign by participating in one of several opportunities to donate. The Foundation said that donations were received via mail, through donation drop boxes at all six local financial institutions, at Moose FM’s “Light-a-Moose” Radiothon, and at the “Be an Angel” Gala on November 18th.
This year’s Gala raised over $99,000, Light-a-Moose raised over $21,000 for quality of life projects for Peace Villa residents, and Unforgettable Memories donated nearly $8,000 from their Santa photos, bringing their cumulative total to over $32,000 from this project. The Foundation said that the average donation was $65 and that 75 percent of the donations were less than $250.
The Foundation added that the ‘I Remember’ quilt has been returned to the display cabinet in the hospital with Pam Okrainec’s name added after a very generous donation by Wyatt and Twila Soule. This quilt has raised over $31,000 since 2007 and honours community members who have been lost.
“The generosity of this community never fails to humble us,” said FSJ Hospital Foundation Executive Director Jennifer Moore. “This year’s campaign was such an amazing success and we couldn’t achieve our goals without the support of our donors, sponsors, and volunteers. Together, we are undeniably making a difference in the lives of patients in Fort St. John.”
The campaign’s donations have been directed to the Foundation’s Angel Fund, which helps purchase medical equipment for the Fort St. John Hospital and Peace Villa Residential Care Facility. Donations to the campaign help to ensure that equipment can be purchased as soon as the need arises.