The Foundation of Chatham-Kent Health Alliance 8th Annual Charity Curling Classic was held Saturday, February 9th, 2019 at the Sydenham Community Curling Club in Wallaceburg, ON. Pictured above is the top fundraising team, from TekSavvy Solutions (Submitted photo)

On Saturday, February 9, the Foundation of Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA) hosted the 8th Annual Charity Curling Classic at the Sydenham Community Curling Club in Wallaceburg.

A total of 16 highly energetic teams participated and together, the community raised more than $13,500 to help with the purchase of a new transport defibrillator for Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA).

“People in Wallaceburg and across our municipality truly care about community health care and their local hospital, and that passion shone through today,” stated Mary Lou Crowley, President & CEO, Foundation of Chatham-Kent Health Alliance, in a press release.

“A big thank you goes out to all of our volunteers, committee members, participants, sponsors and donors for their generosity and for helping make the day a special one for our community.”

For the first time, this year’s attendees were treated to the sounds of Al Kominek, whose music filled the curling club throughout the day. Participants were also treated to lunch, dinner, a silent auction and 50-50 draw, and prizes for the top teams and top fundraisers. The ultimate winner of the bonspiel was the Negrave-Van Arkel team, and the top fundraising team, as well as the top individual fundraiser, were both from TekSavvy Solutions.

The Foundation was also pleased to have new partners in 2019, including Cavanagh Funeral Homes, which not only provided a sponsorship but donated the wine that was served during dinner.

Other new partners included Aarkel Tool and Die, Dowler-Karn, North Kent Mutual Insurance, JFK Chartered Accountants, Riversite Realty, and Tim Horton’s in Dresden. Kevin Wise – Express Yourself, a hair salon in Wallaceburg, also very generously donated a large portion of the door prizes and auction items for the event.

“On behalf of the Foundation of CKHA and the Board of Directors, I want to say how grateful we are to our loyal supporters, as well as our new partners who joined us for a wonderful day of curling,” stated Gaye Thompson, Board Chair, Foundation of Chatham-Kent Health Alliance, in a press release.

“Their support, along with that of our bonspiel participants and donors, has made a profound impact on healthcare in Chatham-Kent.”