Fundraising auction huge success
Trinity Conception Placentia Health Foundation raise some $100,000 for medical projects
The Trinity Conception Placentia Health Foundation continued its successful run of fundraising events with the 22nd annual dinner and auction, which took place at the Harbour Breeze in Harbour Grace June 8.
The foundation’s efforts boasted a total of some $100,000 to aid with the purchase of new equipment for the GI unit and new pediatric equipment for Carbonear hospital, said Don Coombs, the foundation’s chief development officer.
Dr. Gary Baker, a pathology specialist employed with Eastern Health, has been a supporter of the foundation since 1989, and was named this year’s event patron.
Coombs said 253 people attended at $75 a ticket, but it was the dona-
tions that really made a difference.
The event began with a sombre feeling as a dedication to the late Alice (French) Dawe, an avid supporter of the event, was made.
“Alice and her friends used the auction as kind of a reunion each year,” Helen Clarke, chair of the foundation, told The Compass.
Clarke said for years 76-year-old Dawe and her friends, including photographer Lorne Rostoski and artist Christopher Pratt, would attend the event and sit at a table together to share stories of the past year.
She added Dawe had died suddenly of heart-related complications only one week after last year’s festivities.
Roger Pike of the Pike Group of Companies honoured Dawe during the auction. He spoke kindly of her to the sold-out crowd, and completed his speech with a $10,000 donation in her memory to the foundation, said Clarke.
Pratt also made a donation in memory of his friend.
“Chris took a piece of artwork off his own wall from his own collection and donated it in (Dawe’s) memory,” Clarke said. “It was valued at $10,000.”
Piece of cake
Christa Fowler, wife of Carbonear General Hospital doctor Robert Fowler, organized a new fundraising event this year, a cake auction. If someone placed a “solid bid” on one of six specialty cakes on display, they would win a cake, said Clarke. The top six bids would then choose their cake in descending order of their bid.
Clarke was expecting bids of $50 for each cake, but the generosity proved lucrative when the first cake was purchased at a price of $501, with the second coming close behind at $467.
“Groups of people were getting together to purchase a cake for their table,” Clarke explained. “We were blown away by the support.”
Many different items
The event was a huge success for the foundation, but the item donations from sponsors left attendees with smiles on their faces as well. Coombs said they received some 400 donations to auction for the event and most of them were luxury items.
Some of the donations included seal skin coats and purses, trips, booths at Mile One Stadium for hockey games and a five-night and four-day fishing trip to Labrador.
“Some artists donated artwork as well,” Coombs said. “It is a good way for them to get some exposure.”
All items were auctioned off in both a silent and live auction.
The live segment was conducted by Blair Loveless of Fitzpatrick’s Auctioneering.
“As much as the generosity of our donors was important, we could never have done it without our volunteers,” noted Coombs.
Coombs said executive chef Gary Gosse, owner of the Harbour Breeze, was a huge supporter of the auction. Gosse donated the space for the event as well as provided and prepared the food.
Chefs Abby Noel and Chris Parsons also volunteered their time and talents to prepare meals for the foundation.
Radio personality and co-owner of Coast 101.1 in St. John’s, Andy Newman, hosted the event again this year. Newman said it is his 23rd year volunteering with Trinity Conception Placentia Health Foundation and he has been involved with the auction for over a decade.
Anne Whelan and the Carbonear Collegiate choir and Spirit of Newfoundland Productions performed for the crowd as well.
One of the most important jobs of the night came at the conclusion of the event.
“We had a shuttle and designated drivers bring people home,” Clarke said. “We did not want anyone drinking and driving.”
Foundation working hard
The previous fundraiser, the annual telethon, was a huge success as well. The money raised during the October event is currently being spent on a waiting area for dialysis patients and a second integrated operating room.
Some of the equipment upgrades are necessary since the hospital is using what Clarke referred to as “archaic equipment.”
She said things like loungers in palliative care rooms and chairs in waiting areas can also make all the difference for patients and their family, especially during times of need.
“Simple things can be just as important as big, shiny equipment,” she stated.
The Trinity Conception Placentia Health Foundation will hold its next event — a golf tournament — July 5.
To participate or share fundraising ideas visit http://www.tcphealthfoundation.ca.
The Trinity Conception Placentia Health Foundation honoured Alice (French) Dawe, an avid supporter of the foundation, at the 22nd annual auction June 8. Two large donations worth $10,000 each were donated in her memory.