Centennial Manor reaches fundraising goal for new ceiling patient lifts

Manitoulin Centennial Manor Director of Care Sylvie and Manor resident Jeff Marshall hold up a poster marking the Manor’s achievement of reaching its $75,000 fundraising goal for patient ceiling lifts.

MANITOULIN—The Manitoulin Centennial Manor has surpassed its $75,000 goal to raise funds for new ceiling patient lifts for the long-term care home.

“We have officially surpassed our goal, raising a total of $76,074.45,” said fundraising organizer and Manor board member Wendy Gauthier. “The Tree of Lights (TOL) campaign for 2017 raised $13,035 towards the new ceiling patient lifts. We also received a grant from the Royal Canadian Legion for $8,623.”

As well, the Manor raised funds for the lifts through an auction of an Ivan Wheale painting and through the gala to celebrate the Manor’s 50th anniversary.

“We are very pleased that these funds have been raised and are overwhelmed with the generosity of individuals,” said Manor Administrator Michelle Bond. “We will be using the funds to purchase units for eight resident rooms. These units will greatly enhance the quality of life for our residents.”

“We have raised over $36,000 over three years from the TOL campaign—which is pretty amazing,” said Ms. Gauthier.

The TOL was started two years ago as a way to raise funds for the long-term care facility. Islanders can purchase individual lights on a special Christmas tree, which is erected in front of the Manor, for $10 in memory of a loved one, in celebration of a person or organization, as a gift or simply in support of the home.

As the lights are sold, making up each strand of 100, the tree began to be lit with the goal to sell and light up 1,500 lights on the tree and the star at the top, marking the achievement of the fundraising goal for the year.

The tree is positioned so that the residents can watch the progress of the tree lighting, bringing holiday joy throughout the season. Ms. Gauthier noted that many of the residents view the TOL as “their tree.”

New for 2017, and in honour of the Manor’s 50th anniversary, individuals who donated $50 or more were named ‘gold star supporters’ and had their name appear on a gold star on the fundraising board at the Manor.

There were 60 gold star supporters for the 2017 TOL campaign, with a total of 500 names listed by doners.

Individuals or groups are also able to make a donation to light the star on the tree, with the highest donation receiving the special honour.

The Manitoulin Group of Companies (Manitoulin Transport) received the honour with its $2,500 donation, with generous donations also made by the Little Current Legion Branch 177 Poppy Fund and Manitoulin Centennial Manor Auxiliary, both for $1,000.

“We are making the TOL fundraiser a year round way to donate to the Manor starting this year,” said Ms. Gauthier. “The funds allow the Manor to purchase items that help aid in the quality of care for residents. We are looking forward to 2018 and another great fundraising year.”

The Manor has yet to declare what the new fundraising item and goal will be for 2018, but the announcement will be made later this month along with information on how individuals can make a donation to the TOL.