North Renfrew District Women’s Institute Bolster Community Health Care
The North Renfrew District Federated Women’s Institute of Ontario has made a $2,500 contribution to the Pembroke Regional Hospital Foundation’s MRI Campaign.
The Branch made the decision this spring to give the money to MRI. “It was the right thing to do” said Elaine Hennessy, Newspaper Liaison of the Greenwood branch. “MRI is badly needed in this community. We are thrilled to have been able to make a contribution to such a worthwhile cause.” PRHF Executive Director Nancy Warren echoed her sentiments. “MRI is considered an essential piece of medical equipment. The donation from the North Renfrew Women’s Institute brings us another step closer to having MRI technology in our regional hospital. We are truly fortunate to have such generous groups supporting the campaign.”
In October, Elaine Hennessy and Iris Briggs (Treasurer of the North Renfrew District Women’s Institute), both long time members, visited the Foundation office to share their story and to make the donation official.
Originally the organization was created for farm women as community-building social club. Since that time, the Women’s Institute has grown into a social club for women throughout rural Ontario including the Upper Ottawa Valley. The local branch was founded 115 years ago and now has over 20 members. The Greenwood Branch has held a tea and fashion shows in years past while also participating in the Renfrew North District’s annual quilt raffle. “The proceeds from our events are returned directly to the community, something we are especially proud of” said Iris Briggs, Treasurer. “It is important to support local projects and to stay involved in our communities.”
Watch for the ladies this fall selling raffle tickets for this year’s quilt at the Giant Tiger, the Christmas Farmer’s Market, and other events.
(Photo left to right) Presenting the cheque were Elaine Hennessy and Iris Briggs to Marc Poirier, MRI Cabinet Member and Jessica Bray Fundraising and Development PRHF.
To get involved, donate, or help organize a fundraising event, please contact Donor Relations Coordinator Greg Junop at 613-732-2811 ext 7408 or email email@example.com.
Petawawa (ON) – Oh what a night! Saturday October 13th marked the 7th Annual Black & White Gala in support of the Pembroke Regional Hospital Foundation. The event was held at the Normandy Officer’s Mess at CFB Petawawa: a perfect location for guests to mingle with friends old and new, enjoy a gourmet meal, and dance into the early hours of the morning at the Ottawa Valley’s premiere event.
This year’s Gala raised over $76,000 bringing the total from all 7 years to $638,000. The proceeds from this year’s Gala will be donated to the PRHF’s MRI: Image Matters Campaign to bring MRI to the Ottawa Valley.
The Normandy Officer’s Mess was transformed with impressive décor infused with silver highlights, into a regal black-tied soiree. Attendees mingled over appetizers, and martinis. Guests were then piped into the dining hall by Cpl. Winston Tam. Prior to enjoying a delectable four-course dinner created by Marion and Willy Ullrich of Ullrich’s on Main, guests were addressed briefly by Col. Kerry Horlock, Gala Committee Chair Marnie Stunt, Dr. Fred Matzinger, and Hospital CEO Pierre Noel.
After dinner, guests gathered to dance and sing the night away, led by the effervescent and talented Michael Sicoly.
“The dedication and hard work from all of our volunteers is truly inspirational,” said Karen McEwen, Gala committee member. “Work on this Gala began in February, and continued right up until our first guests began arriving. It would not be possible without their tireless support and motivation.”
“We are truly fortunate to have such wonderful, generous supporters” reflected Mrs. Stunt. “We are thrilled to contribute the proceeds from the 7th Annual Black & White Gala to the MRI: Image Matters Campaign. To our volunteers, sponsors, guests, committee members, and staff of Normandy Officer’s Mess: Thank you for your continued support.”