Eat, drink and be ‘social’!

The La Verendrye Hospital Auxiliary doled out heaping servings of strawberries, ice cream, and shortcake yesterday during its “Strawberry Social.”
Noreen Robertson, one of the volunteers who organized the annual event, said yesterday that they were hoping to raise about $2,000 to go towards the “Care Close to Home” campaign, to which the auxiliary has committed $500,000.
They already have garnered half of that, with the “Strawberry Social” being part of the auxiliary’s ongoing efforts to fundraise the rest.
The social usually is held on the hospital grounds, but they had to hold it at the Memorial Sports Centre this year due to the renovation work at La Verendrye.
“It’s turning out very well,” Robertson said yesterday. “We had a few misgivings, whether people would turn out or not, but it looks like a good crowd.”
Fun in the Sun queen contestant Shana Morrison, along with the other four vying for the crown July 1, was on hand to help out at the event.
“I think it’s a good cause and a good way to raise money for the hospital,” said Morrison. “And the strawberry shortcake looks really good.”
In addition to the strawberry shortcake, yesterday’s also included a penny table, a bake sale, a plant sale, and a “pick-a-strawberry” game where patrons had the chance to win a prize by fishing a strawberry out of a box.
All of the prizes, plants, and penny table items were donated by local merchants.
“The workers have been wonderful and the support of the town is just exceptional,” said Robertson.
On top of the shortcakes sold at the arena, more than 400 take-out orders were delivered to various places around town.
And since the event was not taking place at the hospital, Marnee Miller, one of the other co-organizers, was on hand there to serve shortcake to staff and patients in the Continuing Care Unit.
Joan Mudge, newly-elected president of the auxiliary, noted despite the change in venue and the lack of a book table this year, the event was working out very well, adding that people seemed to be enjoying themselves.
Michelle Gartzke, a lab technician at the hospital, took a break to attend the social and enjoy the shortcake with her mother, Darlene Hughes.
“I think it’s great, I wish they could do a couple of things like this every year,” she said. “And the strawberry shortcake was awesome—it always is.”