Members of the Auxiliary to the Lacombe Hospital and Care Centre from left to right: Marianne Gustafson, president, Kathy Medd, treasurer and Dawn Atkinson, vice president, stand next to the unique 26-inch cedar cart made by local resident Don Gustafson before the annual raffle draw. Photo supplied

Members of the Auxiliary to the Lacombe Hospital and Care Centre from left to right: Marianne Gustafson, president, Kathy Medd, treasurer and Dawn Atkinson, vice president, stand next to the unique 26-inch cedar cart made by local resident Don Gustafson before the annual raffle draw. Photo supplied

Lucky Lacombe resident wins auxiliary raffle

The annual May raffle was delayed until September due to COVID-19

Frances Vander Wekken, a Lacombe resident, won the annual raffle of the Auxiliary to the Lacombe Hospital and Care Centre.

The prize included $200 worth of gift cards and a 26-inch cart that was handmade by local resident Don Gustafson.

The auxiliary did the prize differently this year. In past years, members of the auxiliary would donate items to fill a basket. This year, members donated money to go towards gift cards supporting local businesses.

All 600 of the $2 tickets were sold. However, the raffle, which was originally slated for May, was extended to September due to COVID-19.

“Because of COVID-19, it has been challenging to raise money this year, as the auxiliary cannot hold bake and craft sales,” said Marianne Gustafson, president of the Auxiliary to Lacombe and Hospital Care Centre. “The raffle is another way of raising funds. It was planned before COVID-19 and we’re so thankful to the community for their part in making it a success.”

Proceeds from the raffle went to the Lacombe Hospital and Care Centre. The money from the auxiliary goes towards purchasing equipment like wheelchair recliners, air beds and vital signs monitors for the hospital.

The most recent purchase from the auxiliary went towards three tablets so residents would be able to connect with friends and family throughout COVID-19 visitor restrictions at the Lacombe Hospital and Care Centre.