Friends of the Foundation award recipients. From top left: Jennifer McDuff

Friends of the Foundation award recipients. From top left: Jennifer McDuff

Peace Arch Hospital donors receive recognition

Friends of the Foundation event awards generous community members

The Peace Arch Hospital and Community Health Foundation recognized groups and individuals for their above-and-beyond contributions at its eighth annual Friends of the Foundation celebration.

More than 150 people attended the Sept. 28 event held at the Morgan Creek Golf Club.

The foundation raises money for the Peace Arch Hospital and wellness programs in the community.

“We instituted these awards a few years ago to recognize certain individuals in the community who really go above-and-beyond their giving and whether that’s through financial or volunteering their time,” said Vicki Brydon, director of public relations for Peace Arch Hospital and Community Health Foundation.

This year’s list of award recipients include three individuals, one family, two businesses and one service group.

The Peace Arch Hospital Auxiliary won the community service award.

“They have been around before the hospital was even built. They got together in 1948 to convince the BC government to build the newest hospital in White Rock instead of Cloverdale, and they did it. They started off with a $1,000 cheque and you can imagine in 1948 it was a lot of money. Since then they have raised more than $13 million,” Brydon said.

The Schill family was recognized for a sizable monetary contribution made over the past 12 months.

Jennifer McDuff – a registered nurse at the hospital – won the medical category.

“She is such a friend of this foundation, she leads donor tours for us, she volunteers her time. Any time we need her to go to an interview or something about the new ER she is always there,” Brydon said.

Marjorie Mooney, a lawyer, has made many generous and transformational gifts.

Westland Insurance recently made a $500,000 donation to the ER campaign.

Joelle Paleologou, a passionate volunteer, was one of the lead organizers of the foundation’s annual gala.

Moby Dick Restaurant has raised more than $25,000 since 2000.

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