The Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital Foundation’s 17th Annual Gala was a smashing success, raising more than $90,000 for senior’s care. The sold out event took place at Casino Rama Resort on October 12th, and saw more than 300 hospital supporters and attendees celebrate to the Fabulous 50’s Rock N’ Roll theme.
“We are so proud of the incredible support and work that went into making our 17th Annual Gala such a success,” said Lisa Wanamaker, Development Officer, OSMH Foundation. “I can’t say enough about our amazing Gala Committee who worked hard to bring the 50’s theme to life, as well as our sponsors, donors and attendees who helped us raise funds for such an important cause.”
The funds raised at the Hospital Gala will support equipment, programs and education for seniors care at OSMH. Seniors are three times more likely to be hospitalized than younger people. Last year alone, three of every five inpatient beds at the Hospital were used by the elder patients. Given that seniors receive care in virtually every area of OSMH, these funds will be critical in ensuring new equipment and programs are in place to respond to this growing and diverse population.
“At the end of the day, our Gala is about making sure the best possible care is available for our patients when they need it,” said Mark Riczu, Executive Director, OSMH Foundation. “We couldn’t be happier with the outcome of this year’s Gala, and we truly have our supporters to thank for its success year after year.”
Since it began in 2002, the Hospital Gala has raised more than $870,000 in support of the Hospital’s greatest needs. In previous years, the gala has supported the Paediatric/NICU renovations, the Electronic Medical Record system, cancer care and vital equipment purchases at OSMH.