Friends rally for fundraiser

The Sugar Skull Party/Fundraiser Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Elks Hall will assist accident victim Lindsey Hauck

Friends and colleagues are rallying for an injured Vernon nurse.

Lindsey Hauck was injured in an Oct. 23 car accident that killed co-worker Erin Smith. The two nurses had been heading downtown from Vernon Jubilee Hospital on a coffee break when their vehicle was struck by an alleged drunk driver.

Hauck, a single mom, LPN and RN nursing student, has suffered from a whole list of physical and emotional injuries from the accident and continues to recover.

“Lindsey has been off work since the accident and being a casual, (on-call for work) she has no benefits, sick time, vacation time or any other form of income besides medical EI which will run out soon,” said co-worker Tabatha Dunnill who, along with others, have organized a fundraising costume party for Hauck as Halloween is her favourite holiday.

“Since she missed being able to celebrate Halloween, as well as her birthday that week, due to being in the hospital, we thought it would be fun to make the fundraiser a dress-up party,” said Dunnill. “She loved the idea and is really looking forward to it.”

The dress-up party is called the Sugar Skull Party/Fundraiser, and is set for Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Elks Hall.

The event will feature four live bands: Linda-Sue Wilson Band, Foreman’s Basement, The Bone and Organized Chaos. There will be food, beverages, dancing and a huge silent auction.

Close to 40 local businesses and more than a dozen individuals have donated items for the silent auction.

People are encouraged to dress in a sugar skull costume. If you don’t know what that is, there will be a table set up to have your face painted (by donation) inside the hall.

Tickets for the event are $25 and are available by e-mail to Dunnill at or to Michelle Brown at

Some tickets will be available at the door.