Group of women sitting on chairs and standing on grass

Members of the Un-Gala@Home fundraising event planning committee (back left to right) Mark Williamson, Jake Neville, Leigh Costello, Patti Bromley, Carol Murphy, Christy Natsis, Claire Ullrich, Marion Ullrich, (front left to right) Lisa Edmonds, Lana Murphy, and Stephanie Lemay. Submitted photo.


Virtual Un-Gala@Home returns for
final year in support of the PRHF

Submitted

Posted on Thursday September 23, 2021


PEMBROKE - As Ontarians gradually expand their social bubbles, the Pembroke Regional Hospital Foundation will host a virtual gala on October 16 that serves as an opportunity for attendees to reconnect with friends and loved ones while supporting a great cause

Individuals can purchase tickets for the virtual Un-Gala@Home fundraising event, a sumptuous four-course dinner fully prepared by Ullrich’s complete with homemade baguette by Loaf Artistry Bakery, dessert by 2 Tarts & a Truffle and coffee provided by Madawaska Coffee Co. The meal will be specially paired with wine and accompanied by beautiful flowers from Astrid’s – to be picked up or delivered to your home by Valley Eats.

To purchase an Un-Gala@Home ticket, simply visit www.prhfoundation.com and click on Un-Gala@Home tickets (Tickets are limited). Proceeds from the Un-Gala@Home will support the Pembroke Regional Hospital Foundation’s Cancer Care Campaign, which will fund the expansion and upgrades to the Chemotherapy and Medical Daycare units at PRH.

Un-Gala@Home Committee Chair Laura Carroll described the vision of this charity event.

“For the past 16 years, the Gala has presented an opportunity for our community to celebrate the amazing health care we have here in Pembroke, and despite the pandemic, we have been able to continue that celebration in the comforts of home,” she said. “The Un-Gala@Home was a huge success last year, raising over $135,000 and this year will be no different.

“Friends and family are gathering in small groups, to raise a toast to our amazing doctors, nurses, and hospital staff, who have worked tirelessly to keep us safe and healthy over the last 18 months,” she added. “We’re going to have a fantastic time, and raise much needed funds for the Cancer Care Campaign - a win, win. Thank you to everyone who has donated, and participated in this amazing event.”

PRHF Executive Director Roger Martin remarked on the importance of continued support for the regional hospital.

“Things have certainly been different over the past 18 months during the pandemic, and shifting the Gala to an Un-Gala, was something that simply had to happen. We had hoped that the community would once again rally for the hospital’s needs and they did not disappoint,” he noted. “We are already on track to achieve our goal of $175,000 to assist us with closing our Phase 1 Cancer Care Campaign Goal of $1.65 million in the coming months, so we can move forward with Phase 2 of the campaign which is an additional $1.85 million to complete the entire project to upgrade the Chemotherapy and Medical Daycare units and keep cancer care close to home.

“I wish to thank our many sponsors and contributors for the Un-Gala, as we would not be able to reach these milestones without their generosity and support,” Martin added. “A special thank you to this year’s Gift of Humanity sponsors; Frank Carroll Financial, Ray and Barb Pilon (Canadian Tire Pembroke), Pembroke Radiologist Group and BUMP 50/50.”

Community Fundraising Specialist Leigh Costello said the event would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of the planning committee.

“I would like to thank each and every one of them for their hard work and dedication, making this event a huge success for local health care,” she said. “Thank you to Laura Carroll (Chair), Lana Murphy (Vice-Chair), Marion Ullrich, Holly MacDonald, Marianne Minns, Marcey Stefanski, Lisa Edmonds, Patti Bromley, May Seto, Stephanie Lemay, Victoria Sweet, Carol Murphy, Claire Ullrich, Briana Donnelly, Donna Saal, Jake Neville, Christy Natsis and Mark Williamson.”

To receive upcoming announcements, updates, or to sponsor the Un-Gala@Home, contact the PRH Foundation or follow the Foundation on Facebook. You can sign up for their monthly newsletter at www.prhfoundation.com.