Light A Bulb ready to shine

Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation will launch its 27th annual Light A Bulb campaign Wednesday

A fundraising tradition continues to focus on improving health care in the North Okanagan.

The Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation will launch its 27th annual Light A Bulb campaign Wednesday.

“All proceeds from this year’s Light a Bulb will support the Tower of Care campaign to equip and furnish the sixth and seventh floors at VJH,” said Richard  Finn, campaign co-chairperson with Chris Cunningham.

“We are excited to be part of this campaign that will have so many benefits to the health of North Okanagan residents.”

Kiss FM will broadcast the Light A Bulb kickoff from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at VJH.

With a goal to raise $250,000 by the end of December, the success of Light A Bulb will ensure the Tower of Care is completed by the end of 2015.

“Doctors, hospital staff and community members have been eagerly anticipating the completion of the top floors,” said Sue Beaudry, VJH Foundation director of development.

“Light A Bulb will bring us that much closer to seeing this become a reality in the near future.”

Local businesses are taking a lead role in helping to ensure the success of the campaign.

Nolan’s Pharmasave will accept donations on behalf of Light a Bulb throughout launch day Wednesday, while Silver Star Mountain will donate 100 per cent of proceeds from its season opener lift ticket sales Nov. 15 at Cooper’s Foods, Safeway (Vernon Square) and Save-On Foods.

Businesses, schools or organizations wanting to support Light A Bulb through fundraising events are encouraged to contact 250-558-1362.

Since 1988, Light A Bulb has raised about $3.75 million that has purchased essential medical equipment for the hospital.

Each $35 tax deductible gift will light one bulb on the tree of lights a top Vernon Jubilee Hospital; $500 will light an entire string.  Every gift great or small brings it closer to the goal.

“Light A Bulb donation brochures will be distributed throughout the North Okanagan the second week of November,” said Beaudry.

Donations can be made at www.vjhfoundation.org or mailed to the VJH Foundation at 2101 32nd St., Vernon B.C., V1T 5L2.