On June 30th at 11 am, Greta Lingenfelter of Chapleau, ON won the $170,592.50 jackpot in the Sault Area Hospital Foundation’s (SAHF) June electronic and online 50/50 draw. Her lucky number (T-3287058) was drawn electronically, and SAHF connected with her later that day.
When Greta found out about her win, she was in complete shock. She had just returned home after some errands and, although she had plans for the afternoon, had to take some time to reflect. “I couldn’t sit still,” she said. “The feeling you get when the reality sets in is just unbelievable. This is an incredible security blanket as I think of my future. Every day is a gift, but today is a blessing.”
Greta had received care at Sault Area Hospital in the past – that’s how she first found out about the SAHF 50/50. As she left SAH after a surgery, she saw volunteers in the lobby selling tickets (pre-COVID) and purchased to support. She has been buying online ever since.
“I have to say the volunteers at SAH are so incredible. Not only did they introduce me to this draw, but the first impression they give to patients and visitors is unbelievable. It’s never great to be entering a hospital, but the incredible feeling you get from a volunteer that gets down to your level, asks you how you are doing and helps you find your way, well –that’s special,” said Greta. “The care is also top notch. Everyone within Sault Area Hospital’s reach should be very proud of the hospital they have access to.”
This month’s draw marked a very significant moment in Sault Area Hospital Foundation’s fundraising efforts: the total amount raised between the 5 Car Draw and SAHF 50/50 eclipsed $550,000. “We are so happy with the success of our draws this month. Two major successes in a busy summer month,” said Teresa Martone, Executive Director, Sault Area Hospital Foundation. “Greta’s story really reminded us about how far our draws have come. We started with volunteers in our hospital lobby selling tickets, as well as setting up at grocery stores or the mall. We wouldn’t be here without the dedication of our volunteers and we hope, as we start returning to normal, we’ll see more of them at our hospital giving patients the same first impression that Greta received.”
SAHF 50/50 has awarded over $200,000 to 10 of the last 12 winners, averaging a monthly prize of over $230,000. Over $3.4 million in prizes has been awarded to date.
Tickets for SAHF’s July 50/50 draw are already on sale, and the cash prize grows with every purchase. This month’s early bird draws are on:
Early Bird Draw #1 – July 8 at 11am Prize $2,000 cash
Early Bird Draw #2 – July 15 at 11am Prize $2,000 cash
Special this month is a prize package from Team Jacobs from their friends at the Toronto Maple Leaf Hockey Club: an Auston Matthews signed Adidas Toronto Maple Leafs Blue Pro Jersey as well as a Toronto Maple Leaf merchandise bag with authentic Toronto Maple Leaf gear and accessories valued at a total of $1,900.00. All tickets purchased before July 23rd at 6pm will be eligible for this bonus prize, which will draw at the end of the Team Jacobs Charity Golf Classic in support of the Women and Children’s Health Department at Sault Area Hospital.
Congratulations to last month’s early bird winners: Lisa Maki (T-3229723) & Agnes Bergman (T-2555726).
SAHF 50/50 tickets can be purchased by anyone 18+ years old within the province of Ontario at www.soo5050.ca. Visit the page regularly and follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/saultareahospitalfoundation) where the winning number reveal takes place live for each draw.
On behalf of the entire community, thank you to all who continue to support. When our hospital purchases equipment like this, we all win.
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