• Gary and Sandra Smaglinski donate $5,000 to RVH.

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April 1, 2012

St. Paddy’s Day winnings handed over to RVH Digital Mammography Fund

A little bit of luck and a good dose of generosity has benefitted the RVH Digital Mammography Fund after the first annual St. Patrick’s Day parade festivities in Douglas.

The Douglas Lions Club, the organizers of the parade, also held a 50/50 draw during the celebrations and the winners of the $1,100 pot of gold, Gary and Sandra Smaglinski, thought their good fortune should be invested wisely.

“I figured this was something that was needed in the community. This area has been really good to us over the years, so we wanted to give back,” comments Gary, who is owner and operator of G&S Farm Equipment in Cobden; the business will soon celebrate its 35th anniversary.

“This is something that I’ve wanted to do for a while,” and the parade winnings were the catalyst to a total $5,000 donation from the Smaglinskis to the Renfrew Victoria Hospital.

The gesture, he modestly explains, is an expression of his appreciation to his customers over the years and to “all of the good service provided by the hospital.” RVH is a very important part of the community and he is more than happy to support a cause near and dear to his heart, he adds.

“This is another example of the generosity and giving spirit of our area—thinking of others before themselves,” comments RVH Foundation Director Barb Desilets.

“I have heard the saying, ‘If you’re lucky enough to be Irish, you’re lucky enough,’. Well, that was very evident this St. Patrick’s Day for RVH with Gary and Sandra topping their winnings for a generous donation to the Digital Mammography fund,” says Desilets.

The Smaglinski donation wasn’t the only pot of gold handed over to RVH that day—proceeds from the annual festive shirt auction also benefitted the fund with a gift of $2,900.00.

These significant contributions to the RVH Digital Mammography Fund “were all very unexpected, and will help our fundraising efforts, which enhance the services we provide to women of the community,” Desilets concludes.

RVH has recently implemented digital mammography services onsite to provide state-of-the-art imaging scans of breast tissue. No additional funding is available from the Ministry of Health for this equipment upgrade project.

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For more information, please contact Barb Desilets, Director of Development, Renfrew Victoria Hospital Foundation, 613-432-4851, ext. 263.

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