Kalynda Hampshire (left)

Kalynda Hampshire (left)

Gala to help hospital reach goal

With the new patient care tower at Vernon Jubilee Hospital only months away from welcoming patients, an upcoming event is serving up some support.

The second annual Service in Style JCI Hospital Gala is slated for April 16 in support of the VJH Foundation’s Tower of Care campaign.

“This is a big push, there’s less than $1 million left to fundraise out of $7 million,” said event co-chair Kalynda Hampshire, with JCI Vernon.

The elegant evening at the Best Western Vernon Lodge begins at 5:30 p.m. and will include a martini bar, gourmet four-course meal, casino, entertainment from Latin jazz band Major Mambo, photo keepsake and some chocolate treats designed with the Tower of Care in mind from an Armstrong business called Chocoliro Finest Chocolate.

There will also be a live and silent auction with everything from a landscape re-design to a media promotional package and even a Predator Ridge cottage getaway up for grabs.

Funds raised from the evening will help equip the newly built emergency ward.

During tough economic times, Tolko Industries’ Lavington division has found a unique way to throw its support behind the event.

Through a monthly employee charity payroll deduction, the company was able to donate $3,500 towards the fundraising event.

“With the economic downtown it’s a little more difficult to get companies to commit,” said Hampshire. “But (at Tolko) there was still an employee base that wanted to give back so it turns their dollars into something a lot larger.”

Marnie Caton of Tolko says the employees voted on where they wanted their money to go and the hospital came out as the beneficiary.

“As a rule, Tolko likes to keep the charities local,” said Caton, adding that the support also allows some of Tolko’s employees to take part in the gala.

Anyone wanting to take part in the event can purchase tickets online at vjhfoundation.org, under special events, or contact Jason Gilbert at 250-260-1350. Tickets are $85 ($35 of which will get a taxable receipt) or $600 for a table of eight.

Additional auction items are also being sought.