After being forced to hold their annual fundraising effort online during the pandemic, the 2022 edition of the Stettler Festival of Lights was back in person and bigger and better than ever.
The event, held during the last week of November, raised a record-breaking amount.
As of Dec. 21. the Stettler Health Foundation reported that that the net-proceeds from the fundraiser were nearing $130,000 with funds still coming in.
“”It felt amazing to be back in the hall, seeing smiling faces again as we kicked off the Christmas season this year,” said festival chairperson Amy Roberts.
“The support we received is nothing short of phenomenal. There just isn’t a word big enough to express our gratitude.”
The funds raised allow the Stettler Health Foundation to fully fund the recent purchase of the portable ultrasound machine, which was recently received by the Stettler Hospital and Care Centre, and complete the fundraising to renovate the hospital atrium.
According to a media release issued Dec. 21, $210,000 has been committed by the health foundation for the renovation, which is scheduled to begin in 2023.
The Festival of Lights is a week-long fundraising marathon with many events occurring such as an artisan’s market, silent auction, and more before concluding in a gala event.