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Yuletide Elimination Draw & Auction raises $408,757

November 20, 2021

QEH Radiologist Dr. Melanie McQuaid, left,  with Patsy MacLean, QEH Foundation Chair displaying the record-breaking total of $408,757 for the QEH Foundation’s Yuletide Elimination Draw & Auction in support of new mammography machines.

QEH Foundation Elimination Draw & Auction raises $408,757

CHARLOTTETOWN – The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) Foundation held its Yuletide Gala Elimination Draw & Auction virtual event, raising a record-breaking $408,757 to fund the purchase of priority medical equipment for the QEH.

Presenting sponsor was CN and there were 500 guests who purchased tickets and participated from home for this signature fundraising event.

The highlight of the evening was the elimination draw, in partnership with Quartermaster Marine, with Peter Lawlor from Millcove winning the 2022 Bayliner VR4 Outboard boat and trailer valued at over $50,000.

“At CN, we are proud of our rich history on Prince Edward Island and that is why our company is pleased to be the presenting sponsor for this important fundraising event for the Island’s major referral hospital,” says Sean Finn Executive Vice-President Corporate Services and Chief Legal Officer. “Similar to what the Island railroad represented, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital reaches every community in the province and many Island families rely on it for care.”

Patsy MacLean, QEH Foundation Chair, says this event would not be possible without the remarkable generosity of all volunteers, sponsors, prize donors, and guests who support the QEH. 

“This new state-of-the-art equipment will cost a total of $1.2 million and the success of this evening’s gala has certainly helped cover a big portion of the funding that is needed,” says Patsy MacLean.   “The new units will replace the current mammography machines presently in use that are twelve years old.”

QEH Radiologist Dr. Melanie McQuaid says both of the new state-of-the-art units will be equipped with advanced technology known as tomosynthesis.

“Breast tomosynthesis is an imaging test that combines multiple x-ray images to create a 3 dimensional picture of the breast,” adds Dr. McQuaid.  

“This equipment and technology will be helpful in problem-solving complex breast imaging cases, in particular, for Island women with extremely dense breast tissue.”                                             

CBC’s Matt Rainnie was master of ceremonies for the evening.

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

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For more information:

Helen Chapman

Director, Donor Relations

QEH Foundation

hpchapman@ihis.org

w) 902-894-2432 / c) 902-394-3973