Stouffville community spirit supporting local hospital

Community spirit will be on full display at a new, all-Stouffville event to benefit Markham Stouffville Hospital (MSH). The inaugural gala, Planting Seeds – Growing Friends, will be held May 31 at Spring Lakes Golf Club.

Even before MSH opened in 1990, there was tremendous support for the institution in Whitchurch-Stouffville. That backing included significant fundraising and volunteerism. Stouffville residents
were front and centre on the still unconstructed hospital boards and committees. Like-minded community members, business leaders and longtime Stouffville residents are organizing this inaugural fundraising event.

Stouffville’s own: CTV reporter Andria Case will emcee the evening and live entertainment will feature vocalist Quisha Wint.

“We are thrilled to come together as a community, have some fun and give back to a hospital that truly brings incredible healthcare close to home for generations to come,” said Carole Nelles, gala committee chair.

As MSH moves into the future, it is responding to the ever-changing landscape of community healthcare and its rapidly growing and aging patient population. The government cannot fund all of the hospital’s ongoing equipment needs and priorities. It is community support from events like the gala that drives innovation and enables the purchase of essential, life-saving equipment.

Gala seats are $150 per person and can be ordered by contacting 905-472-7373 ext. 6606 or cortiz@msh.on.ca.

Members of the gala committee also launched the inaugural Stouffville Community Raffle, on sale now and appearing at Stouffville festivals and events leading up to the big draw at the gala. The grand prize winner will drive home in a 2018 Toyota RAV4 LE, valued at more than $33,000 donated by Stouffville Toyota. Ticket holders also have a chance to win a ladies diamond tennis bracelet, courtesy of Barthau Jewellers and a Panasonic 65-inch 4K UHD TV thanks to Card’s Appliances & Televisions. Tickets are $100 each or three for $250. To order, call or text 833-MSH-BEEP (674-2337).

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