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RBC Foundation and Cranbrook local branch donate for Starlite

(From left) Brenda Kleisdorff, Sheilah Moore & Sam Cowan (Directors at EKFH), Maureen Foxworthy  (RBC Cranbrook Branch Manager), Shannon Muhlig & Brenda Thompson.  - Photo submitted
(From left) Brenda Kleisdorff, Sheilah Moore & Sam Cowan (Directors at EKFH), Maureen Foxworthy (RBC Cranbrook Branch Manager), Shannon Muhlig & Brenda Thompson.
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EKFH Executive Director Donna Grainger had the chance to join in a get together with managers and staff at the RBC Cranbrook branch this morning.    While there Grainger also had the opportunity to personally thank the RBC Foundation, the local branch and all the individuals who work for RBC for making a difference in the lives of others.   Last week the financial institution continued its support of EKFH with a gift of $10,000 for the 2013 Starlite Campaign.

“The Starlite Campaign is a very rewarding part of the work done by the foundation but none of it would be possible without the generosity of organizations and people like at RBC,” explains Grainger.

The RBC Foundation and branches in Cranbrook and Creston have been working with the regional hospital foundation for more than a decade.  During that time over $150,000 has been dedicated to help fund many health care items that would not normally be considered a high priority.  These items have included software upgrades to health care programs for diagnostic imaging and the operating room, wheelchairs for patient transfer in the regional hospital, support for major campaigns such as the MRI and digital stereotactic mammography unit and so much more.

This year’s $10,000 gift will light stars #14 and #15 along the roofline of the East Kootenay Regional Hospital.  RBC’s decision to support the foundation’s general unrestricted fund also gives the foundation’s board of directors the ability to determine and dedicate funds to areas of greatest need with a focus on community health initiatives.   This may include smaller essential equipment items that benefit wound care, falls prevention, patient monitoring and other vitally important community focused programming.

The Starlite Campaign and its beautiful stars is the largest annual fundraising effort by EKFH.  Funds that are donated through Starlite are stewarded by EKFH for funding medical equipment, patient comforts or educational needs for hospitals and health care facilities in the East Kootenay.

Thanks to charitable corporate giving, the RBC Foundation and its Cranbrook branch are to be commended for its ongoing commitment to the quality of care residents living in the region.

The 2013 Starlite Campaign fundraising goal is $150,000; if you wish to make a gift to support health care in your community visit www.ekfh.ca.

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