Thunder Bay – The Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation celebrated the winners of its fourth annual Save a Heart Car Raffle.
The grand prize winner, Ted Kolisnyk, let his son Adam drive away as the proud new owner of a 2014 Acura ILX, generously donated outright by Balmoral Park Acura,allowing more funds to go directly to cardiac care. “Our entire team at Balmoral Park Acura is thrilled to support this raffle because we can directly see the impact these funds have on our community,” said Ryan Witiluk, General Manager. “We’re extremely thankful for the excellent level of care we have now and want to ensure this continues in the future.”
Other prize winners included Linda Bell, second prize winner of the 2 return trips to any Porter Airlines scheduled destination, donated by Porter Airlines, and Ed Kauzlarich, third prize winner of a Samsung Home Entertainment Package, donated by The Power Centre.
All proceeds from the Save a Heart Car Raffle support the Northern Cardiac Fund of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation. 100% of the proceeds remain in Northwestern Ontario to fund cardiac care at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre. This year, $41,270.07 was raised through ticket sales, bringing the 4-year total to over $167,000 to ensure the care cardiac patients need is available to them, close to home.
Vince Mirabelli, Director, Health Sciences Foundation Board, confirmed how important community support is to the future of cardiac care. “Because of a vision for expansion, and a community that supported that vision through donations to the Northern Cardiac Fund, cardiac care in Northwestern Ontario looks a lot different than it did just a few short years ago, with the gold-standard of care, 24/7 angioplasty, available to patients. We stand behind our cardiac care team and support their efforts to expand our program to a future that includes a cardiovascular surgery program here at the Health Sciences Centre.”