Richard Rolke (left)

Richard Rolke (left)

Event rocks for health care

The sixth annual Rock for Care at the Longhorn Pub raised $7,000 for the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation

The sixth annual Rock for Care at the Longhorn Pub raised $7,000 and set a new record as its best fundraising year ever.

This year’s funds will be designated to the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation’s Take a Picture campaign to purchase a digital mammography unit.

“Digital mammography is an urgent need within the hospital,” says Sue Beaudry, VJHF director of development.

“With more than 6,700 screenings and 3,500 diagnostic examinations annually, our current analogue equipment isn’t sufficient to provide the quality healthcare our community needs.”

Organized by Longhorn co-owner Eric Juzwishyn and Rick Zip, from the Wheelhouse band, Rock for Care featured 12 bands in 12 hours.

“We get some great items for our auction, the bands donate their time and our staff is great, but it’s the customers that are the No. 1 reason for our success,” said Juzwishyn.

This year’s big ticket auction item was a Budweiser guitar that fetched $1,000.

Juzwishyn, whose mother was a nurse, supports the VJH Foundation as a way to give back to the community.

“Everyone will need the hospital at some point in their lives,” he said.

The goal for the Take a Picture campaign is to raise $428,400.

For more information, go to www.vjhfoundation.org or phone 250-558-1362.