The Delta Hospital Foundation used its Moonlight Gala last Saturday to announce it has raised $5.7 million for the soon to be launched diagnostic services expansion.
The campaign has a goal of raising $7.5 million to expand and enhance Delta Hospital's medical imaging and laboratory departments.
The Moonlight Gala, the foundation's signature event, raised over $243,900, including $21,000 in gifts-in-kind, at its 15th annual renewal at the Harris Barn at Kirkland House in Ladner.
Delta Hospital Foundation executive director Veronica Carroll recognized leadership gifts from Delta Hospital Auxiliary, Delta Agricultural Society, Delta Hospital Foundation board chair Keith McGee and his wife Marilyn, John Hatfield, and media supporters, Delta Optimist and South Delta Leader.
"We are grateful for the generosity of these early commitments," said Carroll. "These individuals and organizations are leaders in our community and have been generous and tireless champions of Delta Hospital. In the weeks ahead, you'll be hearing equally exciting announcements as we move forward into this new phase of our hospital's growth."
The Harris Barn was a spectacular backdrop as guests walked about the cocktail reception, silent auction area and lavish decor. After a dinner from the Coast Tsawwassen Inn, the evening finished with a live auction by auctioneer Ian Paton.
"We're pleased that so many individuals and organizations came out and supported our event this year," said Moonlight Gala Organizing Committee chair Margot Millen.
Joanne Barnett, president of presenting sponsor MK Delta Lands Group, spoke of the company's support for community organizations like the Delta Hospital Foundation. She also announced support for the annual gala for an additional two years.
Master of ceremonies Vicki Gabereau entertained everyone with her unique brand of humour, but also reminded those in attendance that Delta is an extremely caring community that recognizes the importance of such causes as the hospital.