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Health foundation planning Oktoberfest

Fort Macleod Health Foundation wants people to party for their own health next month.
The foundation is hosting its Oktoberfest fund-raising dinner, dance and auction Saturday, Oct. 13 at the community hall.
The 200 tickets for the event, which will raise money for the trauma room at Fort Macleod Health Centre, are selling fast.
“They’re scarce,” foundation chair Susan Koots said. “Right now they’re like hen’s teeth. It’s just amazing. People were asking for tickets before we even started talking about it.”
The fifth annual Oktoberfest offers a prime rib dinner catered by LA Chefs followed by a dance featuring the music of Fast Times.
The dinner and dance, combined with live and silent auctions, have made the event a popular social outing the past four years.
“Summer is over and people are ready to go to an event and have a good, enjoyable time,” Koots said. “It’s met their expectation, above and beyond.”
That the event is always in support of health care in Fort Macleod also adds to Oktoberfest’s appeal.
“We’re always promoting a worthwhile cause,” Koots said.
This year the health foundation has embarked on a $100,000 upgrading of the trauma room at the health centre.
“We don’t have a bad trauma room, but it will enhance it and make it more workable,” Koots said. “It enhances the equipment.”
The $100,000 enhancement is the largest project the health foundation has taken on in support of health care.
“It’s going to be more than one year but you never know,” Koots said. “I would think within a minimum of two years we’ll be able to make this a reality.”
Koots said upgrading could be done in phases as money comes available.
The health foundation has enjoyed strong support from the community in the past.
“I think because we are a rural area, our emergency room and emergency services are so important,” Koots said. “I think we realize that from the foundation’s point and I think the people who are supporting us realize that as well.”
“You never know who’s going to need it.”
Foundation members are now approaching the community for donations in support of the fund-raiser.
Anyone interested in tickets or making a donation can call Susan Koots at 403-553-2529 or Wendy Larson at 403-553-3110.

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