On Friday, April 14th, Radville Regional High School Gym was filled as over 300 people gathered for the 3rd Annual Radville and District Health Centre Foundation Dinner and Auction.
Glen Rodgers from AM 1190 in Weyburn, served as Master of Ceremonies for the evening. He introduced Doreen Eagles, MLA for Estevan, Marga Cugnet, Interim President and CEO for Sun Country Health Region.
They both spoke of the commitment and dedication Radville and area has shown in raising the money needed to build the new Heath Centre.
Murray Hlavka, Chairman of the Radville Marian Health Centre, was also in attendance. He spoke of the progress being made on the facility and expressed his pride in the community.
Following the speeches, Rodgers introduced Reverend Dianne Robinson who asked a blessing before auctioneer Farron Ward, auctioned off the first six tables that were permitted to eat. An excellent meal of salads, roast beef, potatoes and green beans with a selection of desserts was enjoyed. The meal was sponsored by E. Bourassa and Sons and Bourgault Industries.
Following the meal Farron Ward once again took the stage and, with the help of his spotters the live auction got under way. Many items had been donated from various business and community members, but the top bid of the evening was made by the Weyburn Inland Terminal. They purchased a Dessert a Month, donated by Richelle Carles for $7,500.
The evening was also interspersed with a heads and tails game, where those who bought cards had the chance to win a Keurig Coffee Maker (donated by Bordertown Saloon) or a Sony Camera (donated by 620 CKRM); silent auction tables and a Dutch Auction. Hats were auctioned off throughout the night and those who bought them had the chance to win either a Diamond Ring (Donated by Radville Pharmasave), a John Deere Pressure Washer (Donated by Emile and Sandra Carles), Saskatchewan Roughrider Excursion (Barber Motors) or an Apple Ipad (Donated by Enerplus). The Dutch auction raised $37,750.
Those in attendance could also take part in a raffle for various items donated by the community. At the end of the evening the leftover beef from supper and the midnight lunch was also auctioned off.
It was a great evening that was enjoyed by everyone in attendance. Many are already looking forward to next year’s event. This is a great fundraiser that really gets the community involved, and shows just how important a new Health Centre is to the area.