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Drop the Ball Raffle raises funds for critical care needs at GBGH!

A woman and three men standing on the grass with a Drop the Ball raffle poster

This summer, residents of North Simcoe have a unique opportunity to support their local Georgian Bay General Hospital (GBGH)…and win some incredible prizes!

On August 4, 2019, Midland Golf & Country Club will host our region’s first ever Helicopter Golf Ball Drop Raffle, organized by a group of volunteers who wanted to do something impactful for healthcare in our community.

“We know residents of North Simcoe have an important role to play in how patient care is delivered at GBGH”, says Gerard La Chapelle, chair of the Drop the Ball organizing committee. “With this raffle, we are raising funds for equipment and staff education, and bringing awareness to the needs of our community hospital.”

GBGH relies on the community – residents, businesses and municipalities – to fund 100% of the equipment required for patient care. This year, the hospital needs donations to replace one of the aging ultrasound machines, buy 100 IV infusion pumps, purchase 10 telemetry packs for the ICU and upgrade the portable ultrasound used in the Emergency department.

“We are committed to providing exceptional care, for every person, every time at GBGH, but we cannot accomplish our vision without modern medical equipment and technology,” says Gail Hunt, president and CEO at GBGH. “Community support through events like the Drop the Ball raffle are so important in providing the funds we rely on to improve the hospital experience for thousands of patients each year.”

The goal for the Drop the Ball Raffle is to sell 16,000 golf balls and drop them from a helicopter hovering at 100 feet above the Midland Golf & Country Club’s first fairway. There will be nine flags and cups within the drop area, each representing one of the prizes. Each golf ball will be marked with a ticket number, and the ball which lands in the hole or is closest to the pin wins. If multiple balls land in a hole, one ball will be drawn for the prize.

Prizes for the raffle include:
– SEA-DOO and trailer (Early bird prize – drawn July 4, 2019)
– 2019 Ford Mustang Convertible
– $1,000 Boathouse Eatery Gift Certificate
– Weber BBQ
– 75” Samsung Smart TV
– Highfield Inflatable & Yamaha Motor
– Dewalt 12” Mitre Saw
– Trip to Mexico
– Weekend for 2 in Niagara on the Lake

Tickets are $20 each or three for $50, and can be purchased at Bourgeois Motors, Factory Recreation, Scotiabank Penetanguishene, Elmvale Home Building Centre and Georgian Bay General Hospital. Tickets will also be on sale during the Buttertart Festival and Canada Day celebrations in Tay, Midland and Penetanguishene. Call 705-526-GIVE (4483) for more information, or go to

Jennifer Russell
GBGH Foundation
705-526-1300 ext 5339

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