PLATTSBURGH – Oh, La La, Paris turned a centime on Oh, Wah, Wah with the cancellation of The Foundation of Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital (CVPH) annual summer fundraiser due to COVID-19 concerns.
“Our sponsors have agreed to keep going, and many of our people who bought tickets have said we can keep them as a donation,” said Kerry Haley, CVPH’s associate vice president of philanthropy.
“We’re just very, very grateful for everyone’s generosity.”
The City of Light Foundation’s interpretation of Lake City, scheduled for last Saturday, August 21, in the U.S. Oval, went south on Thursday afternoon.
“We were just looking at what things were like in our county and in our county,” said Haley.
“We didn’t want to bring so many people together and put them in a situation where we could endanger people. It should be on the oval under a tent. “
Around 400 people, encouraged to bring their dancing shoes, would have listened to the musical entertainment of Hang Tight, enjoyed a delicious dinner from Anthony’s Restaurant & Bistro, a raffle and wine tasting.
Although the New York State Department of Health’s guidelines were to be followed to limit the spread of COVID-19, organizers found the risk of spreading, even with these measures, too high.
“Oh god, we don’t want to be the cause of anything to happen,” said Haley.
“It was the right thing, difficult as it was. We have so many volunteers helping out with the event. You are just amazing. We would also like to express our great praise to them. “
The foundation’s largest fundraiser typically raises around $ 50,000.
“We hope we’ll be able to do that this year,” said Haley.
The money from the auction will be used in a variety of programs that benefit CVPH patients, staff, and the community.
Previously, the summer fundraiser funded the purchase of a vein finder that will help even the youngest patients in the hospital get vital IV treatments and blood tests.
Funding will also go to programs like Transition Success, which enable patients to receive vital treatments at home, resulting in less time in the hospital.
The event will also benefit from grants to fund hospital staff in continuing education and local students pursuing careers in the healthcare sector.
However, the live auction of the event will be included in a virtual event scheduled for late October. At this time, the foundation will also present the very first Larry W. Jeffords Legacy Award to a founding member of the CVPH Foundation, Ralph T. Boire.
“It’s an award we created in memory of Larry to recognize the Foundation of CVPH board members and volunteers who really stood up and gave back, given back in various ways, and participated in sharing our mission” said Haley.
“(Ralph) is one of our founding board members and has been committed and committed to the work we have been doing for the past 30 years. He’s now retired, but he used to work in the Northern Tier region and was very community minded. “
Haley encourages ticket holders to mothball their Parisian couture.
“We want to use the theme again next year,” she said.
“Hopefully we can hold a face-to-face event next year. So people should save their outfits. We had a cardboard Eiffel Tower that was about three or four feet high or so. The things that you do. “
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