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Musicians make donation to oncology department

The St. Joseph’s General Hospital Foundation aims to raise half of the money for a $1.4 million expansion project
Hospital Foundation vice-chairman Earle Jones (centre) received the $3,200 donation from musicians (from left) Patti Weber, Brian Williams, Louise Williams, Sheila Hoo and Debbie French

Five musicians who staged an afternoon of music recently made a $3,200 donation from the event to the St. Joseph’s General Hospital Foundation as part of its fundraising work to improve the oncology department at the hospital.

The foundation has a fundraising target of $700,000 with the province set to cover another $700,000 for the $1.4 million project. More than $500,000 has been raised so far locally.

The goal is to improve cancer treatment here so people don't have to make the trip to Sudbury.

The musicians who staged the event on February 4 were Brian and Louise Williams (Mr. and Mrs. Williams), Harmony duo Debbie French and Sheila Hoo and single artist Patti Weber.

The group was delighted with the sold-out concert held on the afternoon of February 4 at the Renaissance Active Living Centre. Jane MacDonald graciously offered her talent in the kitchen, offering delicious treats and beverages.

“All proceeds from the door and the kitchen went to the expansion project and an unbelievable $3,200 was raised on that special, musical afternoon,” Weber said. “Plans may be in the works for an encore benefit next year.” 

The donation was received by foundation vice-chairman Earle Jones on Saturday.

“Your contribution, as well as everyone’s testimonials has cemented the very fabric of this community,” he said. “This donation is not about the hospital, nor the foundation. It’s about the people and the love they have for each other."


About the Author: Kris Svela

Kris Svela has worked in community newspapers for the past 36 years covering politics, human interest, courts, municipal councils, and the wide range of other topics of community interest
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