QEH Yuletide Gala Auction supports emergency, dialysis, and cancer care – November 16, 2019

Left to Right: RBC Presenting Sponsor Regional Vice President, Eastern N.B. and P.E.I., Janice McNutt Lanctin, QEH Foundation Board Chair, Ed Lawlor; and Yuletide Gala Auction Prize Co-chairs Nancy Costa and Menna MacIssac.

CHARLOTTETOWN – The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) Foundation held its annual Yuletide Gala Auction, raising a record-breaking $277,576 to fund the purchase of priority medical equipment for the QEH.

Over 275 guests attended this signature fundraising event in existence for over 25 years which, thanks to the generosity of Island businesses, organizations, and individuals, featured an extraordinary collection of silent and live auction items for bidding.

RBC returned as Presenting Sponsor for the fifth year. “At RBC, we are delighted once again to support this amazing event for the Island’s major referral hospital,” says Janice McNutt Lanctin, Regional Vice President, Eastern N.B. and P.E.I. “We are truly amazed every year at the generosity of all sponsors, prize donors, and guests who support the QEH.  We are privileged to do our part to help such a great cause.”

Ed Lawlor, QEH Foundation Chair, says this event would not be possible without the tremendous effort and dedication of a team of volunteers, particularly our Sponsorship and Gala Auction Committees who have been instrumental in bringing together our Island community.  

Lawlor adds it is the priority equipment purchased from the gala that impacts our guests the most.

“With the funds this evening, the emergency department will get a new video laryngoscope that will provide faster and less traumatic intubation for patients,” says Lawlor.  “Also dialysis will receive two new hemodialysis machines, providing life-sustaining therapy to patients with end-stage kidney disease. Remaining funds will go to the new CT Simulator for radiation treatment planning for the PEI Cancer Treatment Centre.”

Returning sponsors also included Live Auction Sponsor, Stewart McKelvey; Silent Auction Sponsor, Brighton Construction; Wine Sponsor, Clarke Smith Foundation; and Reception Sponsor, Atlantic Lottery Corporation.

In addition, many new partnerships were forged including Platinum Sponsor, CN National Railway; Venue Sponsor, Delta Prince Edward; Audio Visual Sponsor, Cerner; and Entertainment Sponsor, Reliable Motors. 

CBC’s Matt Rainnie was master of ceremonies for the evening, while Myles Enstrom, provided by Parkdale Sherwood Lions Club, led the live auction.

A highlight of the evening was a $9,700 winning bid for equipment to aid privacy for chemotherapy patients receiving treatment at the PEI Cancer Treatment Centre at the QEH.

The QEH Foundation gratefully acknowledges the heartfelt community effort that went into making this memorable evening a success.