Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Linda Ames
 your Foundation
Summer is quickly getting away from us all. After the ‘Art in the Badlands’ fundraising event, I spent a few weeks with my new granddaughter. Now it’s back to business as usual!

The ‘Art in the Badlands’ fundraising Auction was truly a wonderful success. With the support of the businesses, artists, craftspeople and all our neighbors, we were able to raise over $20,000 for Laparoscopic Equipment for our hospital’s Operating Room. Thanks goes especially to the contributors that helped make our event better than ever! All together, we had 40 submissions for the Fine Art, Quilts and Crafts Live Auction, 32 submissions for Silent Auction, and 4 really great Raffle items. Admission was free and there was Strawberry Shortcake, punch and coffee provided by the Drumheller Co-op, Extra Foods, IGA, Drumheller Wal-Mart and our wonderful volunteers.

The weather cooperated (after a delay due to rain on the original scheduled date) and all was sold on June 24th. The submissions were displayed in the hospital’s front lobby shop and on Facebook. We hope to be able to do the same next year.
Next year our tentative date for the 3rd Annual ‘Art in the Badlands’ Auction will be June 24th (a Thursday again). We’ll do it rain or shine – outdoors if it’s nice, indoors if it isn’t.
The Drumheller Area Health Foundation would like to thank the following for their Fine Art and Craft submissions:
Dan Weibe of WB Studios; Leila Bjerland of WB Studios; Janet Grabner of Caracol Clay Studio ; Rosalee Nimmo; Christeen Neffgen; Bertram Drilling Corporation; Mr. John Ryning; Mike Todor; Gwen Hampton of Mountain View Credit Union-Morrin Branch; Royal Sproule; Dianne Faulter; Home - Town Realty, Inc; Robert Haines; Amy Kuskee; Mark's Work Wearhouse; Harry and Di Stack of Scapa Log Works; Jane Dau; Bits and Pieces Keepsake Quilting; Nancy Guntrip; Gerda Sallows; Pioneer Trail Society; and Martha Lynn of Touch of Class Custom Quilting.

We’d also like to thank the following for their support by providing sponsorship, the Silent Auction submissions and the Raffle Items:

99.5 Drum FM; Gus and June Mattheis of Alberta Cottage Rest A-While Bed and Breakfast; Alberta Treasury Branch, Drumheller Branch; Mr. Nick Schinnour of Auto Sense Auto Parts/Allied Distributors; Joyce Bell; Bertram Drilling Corporation; Bill Cross Men's Shop; BMO - Bank Of Montreal, Drumheller Branch; The Calgary Flames Club; The Calgary Stampeders; The Canadian Badlands Passion Play; Chinook Credit Union of Drumheller; The Chop Shop; Curves of Drumheller; Drumheller Centre of Natural Foods; Dr. Ivan Chan of Drumheller Chiropractic Centre; Drumheller Co-Op Ltd; Drumheller Dragons Hockey Club - Drumheller Minor Hockey Association; Drumheller Equipment Sales; Drumheller Mail; Extra Foods, Drumheller; Gus's Corner Restaurant Inc.; H and H Optical (Drumheller) Ltd.; Highway 9 Express, Ltd. ; Karen Hansen; IGA Drumheller; Sherri and Don Tchir of Kneehill Creek Trees; Bev and Gary Krabsen; Darrell and Barb Steeves of Looking Good Fashions; Dr. and Mrs. Boris Nahornick; Old Grouch's; Janice Burke of Over The Rainbow Giftware; Q91 Country, Drumheller; RBC- Royal Bank Of Canada, Drumheller Branch; R and J Flowers (Specialties, Inc); Reality Bytes Of Drumheller; Rosebud Theatre; Cindy Malmberg of The Rosebud Theatre Gift Shop; The Royal Tyrell Museum Cooperating Society; Mr. Arsen Gincher of Shoppers Drug Mart, Drumheller Store #2346; SJ Fashions, Inc.; Joan Snyder;  Dave and Lori Powell of The Sports Room Source For Sports; Doug and Carol Stanford; Starland County; Strings and Things Drumheller; Wade's Jewellery Ltd;  Wave Electronics; Westergard Motors Drumheller; Yavis Family Restaurant; and many anonymous donors, Thanks so very much!

A huge thank-you goes to our tireless volunteers who answered questions in the display centre for the weeks prior to the auction and helped throughout the event:
Monica Sleep; Yvonne Friedley; Lynn Zacharuk; Maxine Popovich; Delphine Viczko; Rita Pallesen; Betty Montgomery and June Currie.

Special thanks to
Joan Snyder and Don Pontifex who organized all the art and silent auction submissions; Kathy Dudley for her tireless assistance throughout the planning and implementation of the event; Linda Krieger who coordinated the volunteers; Aaron Krabsen, who tickled the keyboard; Dr. Neffgen (maestro extraordinaire); Skip McArthur, our tireless auctioneer; Lisa Simmil and her recreation therapy assistants; and the wonderful Maintenance and Food Service workers who made things run so smoothly.

Let’s do this again next year!

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