Igniting Healthcare 50/50 Lottery Returns in Support of CKHA’s Urology Program Igniting Healthcare 50/50 Lottery Returns in Support of CKHA’s Urology Program – Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Foundation

Igniting Healthcare 50/50 Lottery Returns in Support of CKHA’s Urology Program

CHATHAM, June 17, 2020 – Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Foundation (CKHAF) has officially launched the Igniting Healthcare 50/50 FUNdraiser, and tickets for the online raffle are now on sale.

Last year’s raffle raised a total of $298,360, which sent winner Bert Vanderheide of Blenheim home with a cheque for $149,180. This jackpot payout set the record for the largest online charitable lottery in Southwestern Ontario.

“We were blown away by the overwhelming success of last year’s Igniting Healthcare 50/50 raffle, never expecting to achieve the incredible results that we did” says Mary Lou Crowley, President & CEO of Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Foundation.  “Any time you try something new, you’re not sure how it will go, but this community really got behind us and things just took off.” Adds Crowley.

Proceeds from this year’s fundraiser will once again support Chatham-Kent Health Alliance’s (CKHA) returning Urology program, through the purchase of a new C-Arm – a piece of advanced medical imaging equipment that uses X-ray technology.  The funds raised from last year were almost enough to fully fund the new $226,000 Holmium Laser, which has now been purchased and delivered to CKHA.

“We are really excited to get back out with another 50/50 raffle and raise as much as we can for the new C-Arm” says Gaye Thompson, Board Chair, Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Foundation. “We are so grateful for the support of our sponsors and everyone who contributes to this fundraiser.  Regardless of who walks away with the prize, it really is a win-win any time we are able to further advance health care in our community.”

Maple City Homes has partnered with the Foundation to sponsor the Igniting Healthcare 50/50 FUNdraiser for the second consecutive year, and new sponsors this year include SOAR Innovation and Milo-FAIS.

“The Igniting Healthcare 50/50 is a great way for Maple City Homes to get further involved in the community and do our part to support our hospital.” Said Robb Nelson, President, Maple City Homes.  “We had a lot of fun with it last year and I want to see us raise the bar and go even bigger this year!” he added.

Geetu Pathak, CEO of Milo-FAIS expressed her excitement to be part of this year’s fundraiser saying “Supporting our community hospital is a great cause, and after seeing the success of 50/50 from last year we had to be a part of it.”  She adds that the Wheatley, Ontario based company “has a long history in Chatham-Kent and the decision to partner with CKHAF was an easy one.”

This year’s draw will take place on August 26, 2020 at 1:00pm at the Foundation office.  Due to COVID-19 restrictions, plans to sell tickets at various events throughout the community as well as online will now transition to be exclusively online and available at www.ignite5050.ca

Tickets can be purchased by Ontario residents over 18 years of age. The secure, online portal where supporters can purchase tickets can also be found on the foundation’s website at ckhaf.ca, along with real-time tracking of the constantly-growing jackpot. Regular jackpot updates will also be posted on the foundation’s social media accounts throughout the sales period up to the day of the draw.

Igniting Healthcare 50/50 FUNdraiser (LL12036) is licensed by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) and conducted in accordance with AGCO-approved rules that can be found on the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Foundation (CKHAF) website at ckhaf.ca. The draw will be made using Random Number Generation (RNG) – a proven technology approved by the AGCO. Ascend Fundraising Solutions is providing the technical and systems expertise for sales, accounting, and the draw.

Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Foundation (CKHAF) was formed in 2019 as the result of the amalgamation of The Public General Hospital Foundation of Chatham, Sydenham District Hospital Foundation and Foundation of Chatham-Kent Health Alliance. CKHAF links the community of Chatham-Kent with its local hospital by raising money through philanthropic initiatives. These funds are used in the purchase of equipment and other items in the pursuit of excellence in patient-centred care at the Chatham and Wallaceburg sites of Chatham-Kent Health Alliance. Since 1998, more than $45 million has been raised for local healthcare in Chatham-Kent by CKHAF and its predecessor organizations. To find out how you can support the Foundation, visit ckhaf.ca.

For more information about Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Foundation’s Igniting Healthcare 50/50 online FUNdraiser, please visit ckhaf.ca or call the Foundation office at 519.436.2538.

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