And the winner is…

Riverside Foundation for Health Care is excited to announce that the winner of the August Riverside 50/50 electronic raffle is Betty Godin of Fort Frances, ON with the winning ticket number U-4503411. Godin takes home $10,905, with the same amount going to the Foundation. The draw was made Wednesday, August 31 at 9:00am in the Foundation Office.

Unable to contain her emotions, Godin exclaimed ‘we really need this win right now!’ She went on to explain that her husband is currently undergoing chemo treatments and on top of that they are dealing with getting their house back into shape after being affected by this spring’s flooding. She stated it was the first time in a while that they were receiving a good call from the hospital. This isn’t the first time luck has been on Godin’s side. Her and her husband enjoy purchasing raffle tickets whenever they see them and were also the lucky winners of a motorcycle in the past.

West End Motors owner Chad Avis, left, presented winner Betty Godin with the winnings from the August Riverside Foundation for Health Care 50/50 draw.

To celebrate the Foundation’s 25th Anniversary, there are some exciting changes to the September raffle with more ways to win. Three $250 early bird draws will take place on September 9th, 16th and 23rd with one each being sponsored by West End Motors and Westland Insurance. In addition, purchases at the $40 ticket level will receive a bonus 250 chances for a total of 500 chances to win!

Ticket sales for the jackpot close Thursday, September 29th at 9:00pm with the draw taking place Friday, September 30th at 11:00 am. Tickets are available now at or by calling the Foundation Office at 274-4803 to arrange for offline sales.

All proceeds from the monthly 50/50 raffles help support health care close to home with funds being used to purchase much needed medical equipment for Riverside Health Care Facilities. The current draws will be supporting the purchase of two space lab monitors that will be used in the OR. These monitors which come at a price tag of $23,000 each, monitor patients’ pulse, blood pressure, respirations, cardiac rhythms and oxygen saturations. In addition, they monitor end-tidal CO2 when a patient is on a ventilator, arterial pressures when a patient has an arterial line in place and perform electrocardiograms which are necessary to diagnose heart attacks. A successful September raffle should push the proceeds over the edge needed to purchase both monitors.