On June 30th at 11am, Cindy Bromley and Patricia Biron, both of Sault Ste. Marie, ON, won $177,212.50 in the Sault Area Hospital Foundation’s (SAHF) June electronic and online 50/50 draw. Their lucky number (H-1973397) was drawn electronically, and they were contacted immediately. Each will receive $88,606.25.
The two friends have been purchasing SAHF 50/50 tickets together since the draws began in November. “We just want to support our hospital. It’s been a great draw since the beginning. It’s so exciting watching the prize grow and dreaming what we could do with it, when we won,” said Cindy, who purchases the tickets on behalf of the pair. “We are going to pay for some bills and treat ourselves! It’s going to be great. I’d love to go camping this summer.”
“This month’s record jackpot has inspired us as a community,” said Teresa Martone, Executive Director of Sault Area Hospital Foundation. “It has shown us what we can accomplish when we all come together, as we often do in Sault Ste. Marie. This is especially so when fundraising to ensure everyone in our community has access to outstanding care, right here at home.”
Proceeds from these 50/50 draws are used to purchase the critical medical equipment Sault Area Hospital needs to deliver outstanding care. Over $380,000 has been raised to date. Most recently, proceeds were used to purchase wireless cardiac monitors for the emergency and inpatient departments. These monitors allow healthcare teams to monitor the vitals of patients as they enter our emergency department and are admitted to our hospital. The information they capture is one of the first pieces in the puzzle to determine the diagnosis and potential treatment options for our loved ones.
“We’ve purchased $60,000 in equipment so far (an osmometer and wireless cardiac monitors). We celebrate equipment purchases because of the impact it makes on our local care.” said Martone. “In the coming months we plan to purchase:
· smart IV pumps to deliver needed medication,
· specialized washers to sterilize equipment and keep our high standard of infection control,
· defibrillators to resuscitate and save lives,
· and so much more.
We will require $5 million a year in medical equipment to maintain and grow the services SAH offers and this 50/50 has shown it’ll bring our community together to purchase a significant portion each year.”
Tickets for SAHF’s July 50/50 draw are already on sale, and remain available online only. The prize is guaranteed at $9,999, but (as seen this month) can grow much higher. Tickets will be available for purchase until July 30th at 9PM, and the draw will take place on July 31st at 11am.
SAHF 50/50 tickets can be purchased by anyone 18+ years old within the province of Ontario at www.soo5050.ca. Visit the page regularly and follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/saultareahospitalfoundation) to stay up to date on how high the current prize is.
On behalf of the entire community, thank you to all who continue to support. When our hospital is able to purchase equipment like this, we all win.