RUSSELL — The suspense just kept building and building at the official Catch the Ace Gala hosted by the Kin Club of Russell on September 29th. Supporters and sponsors were thanked and each of the six charities who benefited from the 22-month fundraiser — repeatedly delayed by the pandemic — were called up to receive their share of the whopping $1.11-million generated by the Club’s lottery.
The Winchester District Memorial Hospital came away with just over $300,000.
“All I can say is, wow, we are overwhelmed by this generosity,” said Cholly Boland, WDMH CEO. “We are so thankful to everyone for supporting your hospital and all the patients and communities we serve.”
Foundation director Kristen Casselman explained that the donation will be used to help purchase much-needed medical equipment. “The first $255,000 will help us purchase a new X-ray machine. And the rest of the donation will be directed to the Digital Mammography Fund. The combined total of these two pieces of equipment is estimated at $973,000.”
Other charities benefiting that evening included: Cystic Fibrosis Canada [Ottawa Chapter] ($108,893), Breast Cancer Action Ottawa ($135,166), Osgoode Care Centre ($118,385), Russell Minor Hockey Association ($82,410) and Valoris Foundation ($226,648).
Catch the Ace Chair Cindy Anthony offered effusive praise, thanks and gratitude for the involved recipients and the vendors. “I’d also like to thank you for your patience, it has been quite a long time to reach the point. And I think you’ll see it’s been very much worth the wait.”
“The real heroes out there are you … the people out there who bought tickets,” she said with emotion. “You made a difference in the lives of people … across the province.”
Watch the proceedings here.