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Hospital Christmas Draw raises over $30,000

The money raised will go to CGMHF’s patient room renovations campaign
Paul Young
Submitted photo of Paul Young

The 2018 John Nichols Peak FM Hospital Christmas Draw was held on Dec. 21 live on 95.1 The Peak FM. An annual Christmas tradition for many in our community. The draw was started in 1979 by longtime Peak morning man John Nichols and renamed in his honour in 2012.

The 39th edition of the draw featured over 80 prizes with a combined value in excess of $15,000. Prizes were all donated from the community, meaning all proceeds from the $2 tickets sold went directly to the Collingwood G&M Hospital Foundation.

The grand prize of a $3,000 shopping spree to either Carlson Wagonlit Stewart Travel, Chatterson Home Furniture, or Georgian Bay Outdoors was awarded to Tim Dickey, whose name was on the first ticket drawn.

The three-hour live broadcast featured interviews with staff past and present of both the Foundation and the G&M Hospital and was hosted in part by John Nichols himself.

Thanks to all the individuals and businesses who either donated prizes, bought tickets, or sold tickets, the draw raised $30,692 for CGMHF’s patient room renovations campaign!

Patient rooms at CGMH require renovations to address the many infrastructure repairs and upgrades necessary to maintain a safe, comfortable, and healthy environment.

Later that evening, the Harbour Street Fish Bar hosted the 9th annual Musicians’ Christmas produced by Paul Young. The evening featured performances from several outstanding musicians, including Robert Laidlaw, Rebecca Rain, and Adam Webster, additionally, the evening was hosted by 95.1 The Peak FM’s own John Eaton.

Paul decided the 2018 edition of the event would support the John Nichols Peak FM Hospital Christmas Draw, and thanks to everyone involved, it raised an additional $2,000 for the draw, bringing the total for the 2018 edition to $32,692. That means that since the draw began 39 years ago, it has raised over $900,000 for the Collingwood G&M Hospital Foundation.

A cheque presentation with Peak FM staff, Foundation staff, and Paul Young will be held next Wednesday, Jan. 16. Keep an eye on social media for photos.