Stars Fade on Seasonal Campaign with $63,643 in donations

Submitted by EKFH on 01-02-2010

Cranbrook, BC   Just a few short months ago East Kootenay Foundation for Health launched its 2nd annual Starlite Campaign for Excellence in Health Care with a goal of raising $85,000. 

Although the major fundraising goal was not reached, the generosity of donors from all over the East Kootenay and elsewhere has resulted in $63,643.77 to be allocated to areas of care and health care facilities in the region.   The second year event surpassed its inaugural launch by over $8,600 and the Board of Directors of the regional hospital foundation are ecstatic with the results.

“As said previously the push for $85,000 was going to be a challenge but no matter what the end result in dollars and cents is, it is more than EKFH had yesterday.  All donations EKFH receives play a critical role in our mission to provide funding for the East Kootenay Regional Hospital and other community health care facilities in meeting the needs of the region,” explains Donna Grainger, Executive Director. 

The Starlite Campaign resulted in 12 out of 17 hand-made stars being lit in response to the many generous donations including: 

1.                   East Kootenay Community Credit Union (2009 Star Sponsor)
2.                   Dr. Joe Kotlarz
3.                   Kate Fox
4.                   Accumulated Public Donations
5.                   Kimberley Health Care Auxiliary
6.                   Cranbrook Health Care Auxiliary
7.                   Rocky Mountain Diesel
8.                   Matt Fraser & Denny’s Shoot for the Star #1
9.                   Matt Fraser & Denny’s Shoot for the Star #2
10.                Accumulated Public Donations
11.                Anonymous gift in honour of Dr. Gertjan Simons
12.                Accumulated Public Donations and Matt Fraser & Denny’s Shoot for the Star proceeds

And support for:

$22,096.27 – Unrestricted fund
$ 17,575.00  – Cancer
$   182.50 – Pediatrics
$   883.33 – Columbia House (Invermere)
$   883.35 – Dr. F. W. Green Home (Cranbrook)
$ 5,050.00 – Palliative Care
$ 2,200.00 – Mental Health Programs
$    833.33 – Swan Valley Lodge (Creston)
$      50.00 – Golden Hospital
$10,000.00 – Surgical
$     100.00 – Invermere & District Hospital
$     395.00 – Creston Valley Hospital
$     833.33 – Durand Manor (Golden)
$     858.33 – Elk Valley Hospital
$     833.33 – Kimberley Special Care Home

EKFH is looking to expand the Starlite Campaign in 2010 through other initiatives throughout the year ending with the major focus on lighting the stars at the East Kootenay Regional Hospital.   Those wishing to make donations in support of its efforts can continue to do so through on-line donations through its secured website,

EKFH wishes to publicly thank our Star Sponsor, East Kootenay Community Credit Union and its branches in Cranbrook, Fernie and Elkford; Matt Fraser and Denny’s Restaurants of Canada for the Shoot for the Star fundraiser; to those who lit their own personal star with a corporate and/or personal donation and to all those who chose EKFH as a beneficiary in your charitable giving.    We would be remiss if we did not  also thank Wilkinson Steel, Martech Electrical Systems and the amazing “Starmakers” of East Kootenay Regional Hospital for our beautifully hand-crafted stars.

East Kootenay Foundation for Health is a non-profit society and charitable public foundation.  EKFH is currently looking for individuals interested in our board of directors from locations throughout the East Kootenay.  For more information please contact Donna Grainger at 1-877-489-6481 or email:  [email protected]