THUNDER BAY, ON ------ April 12, 2013 ----- Women of Northwestern Ontario have, once again, stepped up to the plate in a big way. Last night’s Elekta Bachelors for Hope Charity Auction raised $100,906 – surpassing its goal of $100,000 and bringing the 15-year total to $850,217. The event supports the Northern Cancer Fund of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation. The event raised $96,906 after the completion of the auction, but an additional $4,000 donation from Gerry Hogue, Michael Power, Trevor McCartney and Chris Jowsey of Elekta pushed the final total over our goal.
“I’m absolutely amazed,” said Athena Kreiner, Manager, Annual Giving at the Health Sciences Foundation. “When the committee set its goal this year, we knew it was an ambitious target. I think it speaks to the importance of our cause – ensuring that women in Northwestern Ontario have access to the latest equipment to detect, diagnose and treat breast cancer. Exceptional close-to-home cancer care is paramount and we’re very grateful to everyone who joined us and supported the Northern Cancer Fund.”
Last night 460 women attended to enjoy a gourmet meal and the auction of 10 of Thunder Bay’s most eligible bachelors complete with fabulous date packages. They also participated in two Blitzes, where guests competed to buy boxes, not knowing what was inside. In the first blitz, one lucky lady went home with a beautiful diamond ring courtesy of Marv Chony Jewellers, and in the second blitz another lucky lady took home an incredible Girls Night Out package consisting of dinner for 20 people, including drinks, courtesy of 5 Forks Food and Drink and Lisa Wychopen, a gift certificate courtesy of the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium and spa & hair services courtesy of Michael’s Hair Design and Day Spa.
“This event is sometimes beyond words,” said Laurie Clarke, Committee Member. “The energy in the room, the camaraderie, the food, the décor, and of course, the Bachelors and all the guests contribute to an amazing event year after year. I’m honoured to work with the organizing committee to ensure we continue to raise funds that will directly impact the breast cancer care women receive in our region.”
Of course, without Bachelors, the event simply wouldn’t happen. Each Bachelor volunteers their time to be a part of the event – many because of very personal reasons.
“When my mother was diagnosed with skin cancer, it devastated our family and put into perspective how easily things can change,” said Stuart McMillan. “I participated in this auction for her, and for the many people that cancer touches. I’m so proud of what we accomplished.”