Spring gala a fun, festive way to support ANA Analyzer

YARMOUTH (March 18, 2010) – Guests attending the 6th annual Yarmouth Hospital Foundation Spring Gala  will  have the opportunity to support a new $66,000 Anti-Nuclear Antibody analyzer (used to detect autoimmune diseases such as lupus and other connective tissue diseases) at our Regional Health Center while enjoying the festive theme this year of  —  A Night of Stars!

“The evening will feature fine food, entertainment and fundraising through a live and silent auction and a variety of raffles and prizes,” according to Kathryn Murphy & Paulette Muise, YHF Spring Gala Chairs. All proceeds from the event will go towards the analyzer and other areas of greatest need.

The Spring Gala will be black tie optional and take place Saturday, May 8, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. at the Rodd Grand Convention Centre.

Bruce Rainnie, host of CBC News at Six, the supper-hour news program in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, will emcee the event.  He is known as the voice of CBC Sports in Atlantic Canada and has worked with CBC Sports during coverage of all Olympic Games from 2000-2006.  Mr. Rainnie came to the CBC from CJLS Radio where he hosted the morning show from 1989 to 1995. While at CJLS, he received a Canadian Radio Award for Inventive Broadcasting and was twice named Citizen of the Year (1993, 1994) for his volunteer work in Yarmouth and surrounding areas.

Mr. Rainnie will keep the evening moving on a night that will feature a fine menu, relaxing piano music,  live and silent auctions, the popular  Balloon Blitz (with a chance to win Canadian Tire patio furniture),  the celebrated Diamond Draw (with a chance to win a diamond earrings valued at $3,000 compliments of Crescent Gold & Diamonds), and much more.

Presenting sponsor Rodd Hotels and Resorts is pleased to highlight the talents of their Executive Chef Trevor Cunningham.   Cunningham is an honors graduate from the Culinary Institute of Canada and former restaurateur.  He will be working with his team to prepare a memorable and enjoyable dining experience.  The evening includes a reception offering sumptuous hors d’oeuvres and complimentary glass of bubbly, followed by a delicious three-course meal, served with wine.

To date, the annual Spring Gala has raised over $170,000.00.  These funds have contributed to the purchases of equipment from portable blood pressure units to high tech diagnostic equipment like the MRI and a new cancer center.

Tickets to the spring gala are $125 per plate and are available at the Yarmouth Hospital Foundation office by calling 749-1669. Tax receipts will be issued for approximately half the ticket price.

Kathryn Murphy, Gala Chair     663-2973         kmmurphy@eastlink.ca

Paulette Muise, Gala Chair        645-3047         pamisamu@eastlink.ca

Paulette Sweeney-Goodwin,
YHF Managing Director           749-1669         psweeney@swndha.nshealth.ca