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For Immediate Release
Friday, July 29, 2016

Health Foundation awards Grand Prize in 2nd Annual Jeremy Snook Memorial Raffle

Fort McMurray, Alberta – The Northern Lights Health Foundation today awarded the grand prize in the 2nd Annual Jeremy Snook Memorial Raffle. Terry Power of Fort McMurray was the lucky winner of a 2016 Dodge 2500 Laramie Mega Cab Diesel 4x4 with Marathon Truckboss Sled Deck and 2016 Can-Am 850MAX XT Quad, a retail value of over $108,600. The grand prize package was supported by Legacy Dodge, GTS Powersports and RV, and Marathon Manufacturing. A second place draw was also held and Ron McKenzie of Fort McMurray won $10,000.

The Raffle is held in partnership with Brian and Gail Snook, in memory of their son Jeremy who passed away from cancer at age 19. Jeremy will always be remembered as an enthusiastic, loving young man. He had many friends and a passion for the outdoors. Diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in late 2013, Jeremy spent his last days surrounded by family and friends, receiving palliative care treatment in the Medicine Unit of the Health Centre.

Following Jeremy’s passing, the community came together to start an in-memorial campaign in support of the Health Foundation. Over 75 people contributed to the campaign, raising over $30,000 to improve health care delivery in Wood Buffalo. Wanting to further their impact on health care in our community, the Snooks are actively raising funds to help expand and renovate palliative care services in the Health Centre. Renovations will include new patient suites with adjoining family rooms, which will provide a home-like atmosphere where patients and their loved ones can be comfortable during end of life care. This project is one of eight projects encompassed in The Gratitude Campaign.

“The Health Foundation is absolutely thrilled with the success of this year’s raffle. We are so blessed to have tremendous advocates like Brian and Gail work together with us on this initiative. Their passion for making a difference in our community in memory of their son is truly remarkable,” said Cindy Amerongen, Executive Director of the Health Foundation. “We also have to thank everyone that bought a ticket for the raffle. We know these are uncertain times for many in our community and the fact that we were able to sell 425 tickets at $500 each, goes to show how much people care about quality health care in our region.”

Over $106,500 was raised from the 2nd Annual Jeremy Snook Memorial Raffle. Combined with the over $97,000 that was raised from last year’s raffle and the over $30,000 from the in-memorial campaign, more than $233,500 has been directly raised in memory of Jeremy for the Palliative Care Suite project.

About the Northern Lights Health Foundation
Established in 1985, the Northern Lights Health Foundation exists to provide funds to support health care priorities within the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. The Health Foundation is proudly accredited under Imagine Canada’s Standards Program. For more information, visit northernlightshealthfoundation.ca.

About The Gratitude Campaign
The $16 million Gratitude Campaign is the most ambitious fundraising campaign in the history of the Northern Lights Health Foundation. The Campaign is comprised of eight projects: Minimally Invasive Surgical Suites, the Multi-purpose Clinic, Palliative Care, Community Clinics, Health Centre Lobby, the Healthy Schools Initiative, Continuing Care and the Early Investments Project. For more information, visit gratitudecampaign.ca.

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For more information, please contact:
Nolan Haukeness
Donor Relations Officer
Northern Lights Health Foundation
Tel: 780-793-7393 Email: nolan.haukeness@ahs.ca

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