Slow sales for hospital auxiliary fundraiser

Tickets still available for 'Naughty or Ice' event set for Dec. 1 in South Surrey

An inaugural hospital auxiliary fundraiser is at risk of being cancelled due to low ticket sales.

Diane Thompson, of the Peace Arch Hospital Auxiliary’s Kay Hogg Goodwill Group, said Friday the ‘Naughty or Ice’ event is more than half sold out, but if sales don’t jump soon, “we’ll pull the plug.”

“I don’t want to let those sponsors down,” Thompson said. “We’re giving it a kick-blitz… and then we’ll have to make a decision.”

Set for Dec. 1 at West Coast Gardens (1420 172 St.), the fundraiser is to feature a reverse draw with a top prize of a $2,500 diamond ring. Other prizes include a $1,200 travel voucher and a manicure per month for a year.

Thompson described the event as one her auxiliary group hopes will become an annual affair.

Tickets went on sale three weeks ago, but the idea is rooted in similar events of years past, when “just a truck load of gals would go down, drink too much and walk out with diamonds,” she said, describing the past events as “a blast.”

For the Dec. 1 event, sponsors were “more than happy” to donate prizes, Thompson said.

Other charities to be represented include the Surrey firefighters, Team Orange and Rotary.

“We’re trying to be charity helping charity.”

Tickets, $100, include an entry into the reverse draw, a photo with Santa, appetizers, wine and more. Thompson noted that proceeds will benefit the auxiliary’s $1.5 million commitment to Peace Arch Hospital’s new emergency department.

For tickets, call Alicia at 604-536-5634 or Kathy at 604-535-8552.

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