A record-breaking $300,000 has been raised by golfers attending last weekend’s annual Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation Charity Classic golf tournament at Predator Ridge.
The foundation is hoping to raise $3.6-million over 18 months for surgical care at the hospital.
VJHF executive director Lisa Westermark says the money will go to the foundation’s current campaign ‘Operation: Surgical Care for Life’ campaign.
“We’re at a tipping point in our operating rooms now where we really can’t serve as many people as we need to, as quickly as we need to,” says Westermark.
She says the money raised at the golf tourney is “a big step” towards the foundation’s goal to $3.6-million for surgical care over 18 months.
Westermark says sponsors, supporters and donators made the 9th annual event an outstanding success, sending a special thanks to title sponsor, Paul Docksteader Foundation and venue sponsor, Predator Ridge Resort.
“We are overwhelmed by the generosity of our community – from the fantastic sponsors, many who come back year after year, to the players and bidders,” says Westermark.
The ‘Operation: Surgical Care for Life’ campaign aims to improve surgical capacity at VJH by reducing wait times and upgrading equipment.
It plans to use the money raised to equip a fifth operating room, purchase new anesthesia machines and a urology table with real-time imaging.
(Photo courtesy of VJH Foundation)