This year’s festival of lights event which took place during the last week of November at the Stettler Community Hall had record-breaking results.
The current net proceeds from the event are close to $130,000 with the total still climbing as donations and Tribute Tree sponsorships are still coming in.
For members of the Stettler Health Services Foundation (SHSF) the support received is nothing short of phenomenal, said the Chairperson of Festival of Lights, Amy Roberts.
“It felt amazing to be back at the hall, seeing smiling faces again as we kicked off the Christmas season this year. There just isn’t a word big enough to express our gratitude,” said Roberts.
The total raised will allow SHSF to purchase a new portable ultrasound for the Stettler Hospital, said Foundation Administration Mary-Jane Jackson.
“It’s the second ultrasound there so now they will be able to have one in the ER department and one in the labour and delivery department instead of the departments having to share an ultrasound.”
Money fundraised will also be going towards completing the fundraising effort to renovate the Stettler Hospital Atrium. SHSF has committed $210,000 for the project.
“The atrium is a nice refuge for people to take their loved ones too,” said Jackson.
The renovation of the atrium is slated to start in 2023.