The Lloydminster Region Health Foundation (LRHF) held its 15th annual gala on Oct. 2, which raises money for health care enhancements in Lloydminster and the surrounding area.
“The gala has been hugely successful and we look now at some of the successes that our gala funds have gone towards,” said Wendy Plandowski, CEO for LRHF. “So for example, we have just opened the Primary Healthcare Centre in the Prairie North Plaza. We have a really great primary health care team there as well and that fundraising campaign really started right here at our gala.”
This time around funds raised will be going toward the enhancement of dialysis treatment as Plandowski says the current dialysis area in the Lloydminster Hospital isn’t quite large enough to serve the community. As part of the LRHF’s contribution it is hoping to kick off a relocation campaign with the help of Alberta Health and Prairie North Health Authority.
The current overall aim for the foundation is to raise $1.5 million for the dialysis initiative and proceeds from the gala will be going toward that goal.
“We look forward to the gala because it’s such an exciting event and it’s really a way for many people to give back to a cause that’s near and dear to their heart,” said Plandowski.
“We know that dialysis is absolutely lifesaving so it’s going to be really heart warming this year to see the proceeds start that enhancement campaign for dialysis.”
The theme of this year’s gala was Cirque de Reve, which translates to “Circus Fantasy,” and saw the Stockade Convention Centre at the Lloydminster Exhibition Grounds decked out in traditional black and white tents with circus performers doing tricks and stunts as guests arrived.
Other features included specialty drinks served by professional bartenders hired out of Saskatoon and musical performances by the bands Tangerine Blue and the Famous Players Band.