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RAM rodeo raises nearly $35K for Markdale hospital

Mayor Paul McQueen presented the donation on behalf of the community to the Centre Grey Health Services Foundation board
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On Sept. 21, Grey Highlands Mayor Paul McQueen presented a cheque for $34,927 to Centre Grey Health Service Foundation Executive Director Darlene Lamberti.

The second-annual Grey Highlands RAM Rodeo held in May raised a total of $34,927 for the new Centre Grey Hospital in Markdale.

"Everyone had such a great time at this year's rodeo, and we look forward to hosting another one in 2023," said Grey Highlands Mayor Paul McQueen in a news release. "Events like this bring the community together and it is for such a great cause."

A presentation was held at the Grey Highlands municipal office on Sept. 21 to show appreciation for the support from sponsors and volunteers to host the RAM Rodeo event.

At the event, McQueen presented a cheque for $34,927 to the Centre Grey Health Services Foundation board on behalf of the entire Grey Highlands community.

The municipality acknowledged and thanked the various sponsors of the event for their support. 

"The generosity of the community to support the much-needed new hospital is once again a testament to the power of partnership, collaboration, and community,” said Michelle Harris, Grey Highlands director of economic development and community development, in a news release.

In 2021 Grey Highlands Council committed to providing an additional $180,000, over five years for a total contribution of $1,391,500 to the new hospital in Markdale.

"I would like to thank council, municipal staff, volunteers and sponsors who supported this year's RAM Rodeo," said Darlene Lamberti, executive director, Centre Grey Health Service Foundation executive director in a news release. "Having this council and these sponsors as partners in this project is very important to us. The municipality's fundraising efforts greatly help us meet our goals to achieve a state-of-the-art facility right here in Markdale."

Grey Highlands will host the third-annual Grey Highlands RAM Rodeo from May 27 to 28, 2023, at the Osprey Community Centre, in support of the new Markdale Hospital.