From before the first notes were even played by the band past last call at the bar, the Community Centre was rocking at the Campbell River Hospital Foundation’s “Timebenders” fundraiser Saturday.
This was the Foundation’s fifth such event, which has been a popular one since its inception. This year there wasn’t an empty seat in the house.
“We haven’t gotten all the numbers finalized, but it looks like we raised just over $24,000, which is pretty good for a one-night thing,” said Stacey Marsh, executive director of the Hospital Foundation.
It’s not exactly a “one-night thing” for her and the rest of the people who put it on, though, but she says it’s a whole lot easier than it used to be.
“It was our fifth year doing it, so we’ve pretty much got it down to a science,” she laughs, saying at this point, the hardest part is the cleanup afterwards.
After an amazing roast beef and stuffed chicken breast dinner put on by Rose’s Catering, guests – most dressed in costume representing different decades of music and culture – were treated to a show by the Timebenders, who themselves take a journey through the decades of music.
Unfortunately, Marsh says when the last notes rung out on the night, it may have been for the last time – at least for this particular event.
“It’s time to look at something different,” she says. “We don’t want people to get sick of it. We’ve done it five years in a row, and it’s a very similar show every year, and we think it’s time to maybe put it to bed, take a year off and look at what else we can do.”
So stay tuned, dedicated supporters of the CRHF. This may have been the last Timebenders event, but that doesn’t mean they’re done putting on great community events to benefit the local hospital – far from it.
They’re continuing their annual “Golf. Because You Care” tournament at Storey Creek Golf Course, a partnership they take great pride in, according to Marsh, and are looking at ways to expand that event. They also plan to revive the “dinner and a show” event structure down the road. They just wanted this one to end on a high note before looking at how to continue. Which it certainly did.
Keep your eyes on crhospitalfoundation.ca for upcoming events, fundraisers and announcements.