Columbia Valley Communities Help Raise $21,721 for Healthcare

Submitted by EKFH on 12-12-2013

Invermere, BC … The Columbia Valley’s most prestigious non-event, ‘The Phantom Celebrating Health Care Golf Tournament’, wrapped up on November 30, with a tremendous show of support from individuals and businesses throughout the Valley.

The unique charitable campaign launched in early September and was a creative way for Kootenay Savings and the East Kootenay Foundation for Health to carry on the tradition of the now-defunct annual Celebrating Health Care Golf Tournament, while continuing to raise much-needed funds towards medical equipment and patient comforts at the Invermere & District Hospital.

“It really was amazing to see $6,751 in donations collected during the Phantom campaign. With Kootenay Savings matching each and every dollar donated, the amount raised instantly doubles to $13,502,” shares EKFH Executive Director, Donna Grainger. “We sincerely thank the residents of the Columbia Valley and the employees at Kootenay Savings for their ongoing dedication and support.”

Along with all Phantom campaign donors being recognized on special donor boards in Kootenay Savings Invermere and Radium branches and the Invermere & District Hospital, the EKFH, as part of the annual Starlite campaign, will light two stars atop the East Kootenay Regional Hospital in honour of all the generous donors.

While the Phantom event has now concluded, the EKFH’s annual Starlite campaign is just beginning, with a focus of lighting 17 stars and raising $150,000 for community health care initiatives for the East Kootenay.

“We are very pleased with the success of the Phantom campaign and are inspired by the generosity of all the donors and the passion of EKFH,” offered Dario Cescon, Kootenay Savings Vice President of Marketing. “In addition to matching the Phantom campaign donations, we are thrilled to announce an $8,000 contribution to help kick-off the Starlite campaign, and have two more stars light-up at the Regional Hospital.”

The Starlite campaign runs until January 31, 2014, with donations gratefully accepted at your local hospital, health care facility or on-line at

Photo details: EKFH Chair Brian Clifford (front row center) accepts a gift of $21,721 from KSCU Director Helga Boker (left) and Branch Manager, Janice McGregor along with staff from the Invermere Branch