The Little Town That Could – Did

Submitted by EKFH on 18-04-2012

Yahk, BC…. It is sometimes said that little towns often have the biggest hearts and nothing could be more truer for the community of Yahk.

This past weekend members of the Yahk Kingsgate Recreation Society hosted the Breast Fest for A Clear View, a chicken breast dinner with no squash and desserts in cups of all sizes and what an event it was! The community hall was dressed in its finest pink with balloons, fresh roses and tables full of donated auction items all in support of East Kootenay Foundation for Health’s digital stereotactic mammography campaign.

With smooth sounds of classic favourites serenading the crowd and enticing people to dance, the Creston Community Band was just one of the many highlights of the evening.

Judy Dickson, the event coordinator was all smiles greeting guests but it was her poise and gentleness that stood out when making the presentation to EKFH’s Donna Grainger and Cindy Yates. Judy, also one of the faces of the campaign for Creston, and her team of creative organizers set out to prove that no matter where you live in the East Kootenay, breast cancer affects us all. With a mantra of “Yahk is the little town that could” the group set a strong fundraising goal of $5,000 and by the end of the weekend their efforts realized an amazing $8,000 for the A Clear View campaign.

“When EKFH decided to undertake this campaign we could never have realized that the biggest impact isn’t the money we will raise for the equipment; it is about the people, the communities and the gift of giving of themselves that is really the true story,” explains Donna Grainger, EKFH Executive Director. “I am absolutely humbled beyond words.”

This latest gift from YKRS helped move the 2-year, $1 million campaign to just over $750,000 in pledges and donations in just over six months time. If you would like to bring leading edge technology in breast cancer care to the East Kootenay Regional Hospital please consider making a donation today by visiting EKFH’s secured website

Thank you to all the individuals and businesses who donated items for the Breast Fest, to the organizing committee for such a fun and entertaining event and to every person who came out and supported the Yahk Kingsgate Recreation Society.

Yahk the little town that could, certainly did.

The organizing committee of the Yahk Kingsgate Recreation Society pause to celebrate its successful Breast Fest for A Clear View.     L-R: Brian Eddy, Marcia Eddy, Judy Dickson, Logan Dickson, Dave St. Germain, Lin Gracewood, Lee Rose, Theresa Vandergeest, Jeff Vandergeest (missing from the photo is Penny A.P. Anderson, Don Brady and Tara Dickson.