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Gala raises $290,000 for Delta Hospital

Anonymous donation of $30,000 helps boost total for 13th annual event last weekend at Sacred Heart School

Over 200 guests at last Saturday's Moonlight Gala raised a whopping $290,000 for the Delta Hospital Foundation.

The 13th annual gala, hosted at Sacred Heart School and presented by Envision Financial, had a 1920s theme.

After the enormous success of the gala, an anonymous donor came forward with a donation to raise the initial evening's total of $260,000 to $290,000.

Arriving guests were welcomed back in time by swingin' volunteers. The theme encouraged guests to taste flavours from the decade in an elegant champagne reception and dinner.

The incredible transformation of Sacred Heart's 5,400-square-foot facility was a spectacular backdrop as guests walked about the "Galeries Lafayette" with over 100 silent auction items as well as an exciting live auction by auctioneer, and Delta councillor, Ian Paton.

Presenting sponsor Envision Financial's Bev Brown spoke of its commitment and support for community organizations like the Delta Hospital Foundation. This marks the second year Envision Financial has been the gala's presenting sponsor.

Master of ceremonies Paula Hill entertained with her unique brand of humour. She brought to mind, as a resident, that Delta is an extremely caring community that recognizes the importance of such causes as the hospital.

The signature event is the foundation's largest fundraiser of the year. The gala exceeded its goal of $250,000 to support the Delta Hospital Foundation Cancer Care Fund, a newly designated fund dedicated to early detection and the purchase of diagnostic equipment.

The excitement of the evening hit its highest point with the presentation of the cheque to foundation chair Lois Wilkinson by ecstatic gala chair Sarah Toigo.

"I am very pleased with the outcome of the evening," said Toigo. "We surpassed our goal. Delta is a very lucky community to have such dedicated volunteers and residents who make these events so successful."