Heroes gala a success

By Geoff Lee

October 25, 2016 12:00 AM

FINGERS CROSSED Pamela Smith, 2016 gala committee chair, left and Lloydminster Health Foundation CEO Wendy Plandowski, hope the total from this year's foundation gala held Oct. 21 equals or suspasses the $330,000 raised at a previous gala.

The Heroes Among Us theme of this year’s Lloydminster Health Foundation Gala scored with board member and former chair, Dave Schneider, owner of Cliff Rose For Clothes.
Schneider won the draw prize for a trip for two the 2016 NHL Heritage Classic weekend in Winnipeg this past weekend and gave the once in a lifetime trip to his nephew, Catlin Schneider and his son in-law, Jason Carson.
The weekend featured an outdoor hockey game Sunday between the Winnipeg Jets and the Edmonton Oilers who won 3-0 to the delight of the two Lloydminster fans.
“I talked to them yesterday, they said the game was great—the seats were phenomenal,” said Schneider.
He also explained why he didn’t go the game played at Investors Group Field where the Winnipeg Blue Bombers play.
“Catlin and Jason, they are big Oilers fans, too, so they’re huge and they’re younger than I am and they can enjoy the three days of festivities more than an old fart like me can,” he joked.
When contacted on Monday morning, Schneider expected the pair to be back in Lloyd that evening around 5 p.m. with plenty of stories to share.
The trip was a donated prize from Dave Bryson, vice-president and investment advisor at RBC Dominion Securities.
The winning ticket cost Schneider just $50 and added to his longtime support of the gala held at the Lloydminster Stockade Convention Centre Oct. 21.
“The gala is near and dear to my heart,” he said.
“It’s a big part of not only our family, but our store —it was big part of our donations.”
The Health Foundation is hoping to raise $1.5 million for relocation and enhancements of the Lloydminster Renal Dialysis Unit from the Lloydminster Hospital and into the Prairie North Plaza downtown with a big chunk of that from the gala.
“In the past, we’ve raised as much as $330,000 in one night, so if we could meet or surpass that we would be ecstatic,” said Wendy Plandowski foundation CEO .
She said the total won’t be known for a few days, but it should be good despite the downturn in the economy.
“We are always so grateful to our community who comes through in the form of support for our gala through sponsorships, attendance and through purchases throughout the evening,” said Plandowski.
Schneider learned he had won the trip for the two at around 7:30 p.m. Friday night when he called his nephew and son in-law.
It took them just 15 minutes to pick up the tickets then they drove to Edmonton at midnight to catch a 6 a.m. flight to Winnipeg on Saturday.
“It was very exciting, more exciting for my nephew and my son-in law because I let them go so they were totally pumped,” said Schneider.
As for the gala, he said, “It was a fun event and very well organized.
“Pam Smith and her committee did a wonderful job.”
The Worth a Mint fundraising prize winners were Ron Kelly (Blue Jays trip for two) donated by Wilkinson Livingston Stevens, Kurt Moore (diamond earrings) donated by Richardson’s Jewellery and Les Hanson (ultimate man cave) donated by Dr. Kevin Govender.

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