January 17th, 2021

Care from the Heart sets record for funds

By Kuhl, Nick on February 15, 2020.

Lethbridge Herald

The Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation had a record-breaking week.

The foundation held its annual Care from the Heart Day Radio-a-thon on Thursday and raised more than $352,000, surpassing the goal of $250,000.

Jason VandenHoek, executive director for the CRH Foundation, says Care from the Heart Day continues to be a success because of the generous citizens of southern Alberta.

“We are once again thankful for the outstanding support of our community,” he said in a news release Friday. “Because of this support, we can continue to ensure that the best of care is available at the Chinook Regional Hospital.”

Costco Wholesale Lethbridge also added an additional $100,000 to its donation, for a total of $189,740.

“Because we exceeded our fundraising goal and saw the biggest increase in funds raised of all stores in Western Canada, Costco Lethbridge was awarded an additional $100,000 by Costco Canada to support the Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation” said Bryan Storey, membership supervisor, with Lethbridge’s Costco, in the news release.

“We can’t thank our members enough for their support.”

During the radio-a-thon, six local radio stations broadcast live from the atrium of the Chinook Regional Hospital, encouraging listeners to make a donation. KiSS 107.7,106.7 Rock, Country 95.5, B-93.3, 94.1 Juice FM and 2Day FM 98.1 all participated.

“My family, just like yours, has utilized the services of the Chinook Regional Hospital,” said Bob Balog, honorary chair, in the news release.

“We will all continue to experience the best of care thanks to the many generous donations that were received during Care from the Heart. I am humbled and thank everyone for their support.”

Proceeds from the event will be used to support the ongoing renovation and redevelopment of the mental health area at Chinook Regional Hospital.

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