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Fort Macleod Health Foundation hosts Oktoberfest to boost local health care

Health care will get a booster shot Saturday, Oct. 18 from the Fort Macleod and District Health Foundation.
The foundation is hosting its seventh annual Oktoberfest to raise money for projects at Fort Macleod Health Centre.
“We live in small town rural Alberta and when it comes to health care we can’t have everything — but we can make the best of everything we have,” foundation chair Susan Koots said. “Health care affects or will affect everyone at some point.”
Fort Macleod Health Centre manager Denise Joel praised the health foundation for the role it plays in supporting health care initiatives.
Joel pointed to the recent purchase of equipment such as the Lifepak 15 and the upgraded trauma room as examples of the foundation’s work.
“This support helps us to provide excellent, local health care service to Fort Macleod and area,” Joel said. “The foundation ensures that local funds that are raised stay in this community to support health care here.”
“The foundation is an example of a community asset that supports positive growth in a community,” Joel added.
Koots said the foundation has not yet designated a project for the money raised at Oktoberfest.
“We are looking at a variety of potential smaller projects,” Koots said. “Regardless, all funds raised will be utilized in our community to support health and wellness.”
The Fort Macleod and District Health Foundation includes Susan Koots, Ute Eremenko, Corrine Conner, Brian Vandervalk, Debbie Vanee, Dorothy Asuchak, Merline Heal, Val Kostelansky and Dyan Lokhorst.
The Fort Macleod and District Community Hall’s doors open at 6 p.m. Oct. 18 with dinner at 7 p.m. followed by the live auction and a dance with music provided by Suite 33.
The health foundation has arranged for a safe ride home service in Fort Macleod from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m.
In keeping with the Oktoberfest theme, dinner has a distinct German flavour.
The menu consists of beef rouladen, bratwurst and fried onions, Bavarian potato salad, sliced cucumbers and dill, pretzels, braised red cabbage, apples and baby potatoes, spatzle, sauerkraut and Black Forest cake for dessert.
“I will point out that while there were certainly no complaints with our previous caterer we have engaged another just to put a mix into things,” Koots noted. “Prime Catering will be catering this year.”
Live auction items are still being collected, but the list so far includes a metal farm/ranch entrance sign made and donated by Granum Colony, a handmade knife made and donated by John Dziadyk, and a framed print by western artist Marney Delver.
“I am always amazed at the generosity of these local artisans who donate to our event each year,” Koots said. “The items they donate are handmade and unique and are highly sought after.”
The foundation also plans to acquire sports memorabilia and possibly an entertainment package.
The silent auction is also shaping up, with donated items including Gordon Elgin framed petit points, Gramma Mo’s Fudge, a Nexpresso machine, sunglasses and gift baskets.
“The support that we receive from businesses and individuals is overwhelming,” Koots said.
The foundation printed 220 tickets for Oktoberfest, and sales are approaching the 200 mark.
Tickets are available by calling Susan Koots at 403-553-2529, Ute Eremenko at 403-553-2551, Corrine Conner at 403-553-4388, Brian Vandervalk at 403-795-3208, Denise Joel at 403-553-5311, Debbie Vanee at 403-553-2674, Dorothy Asuchak at 403-553-3596, Merline Heal at 403-553-3010, Val Kostelansky at 403-892-2417 or Dyan Lokhorst at 403-553-0099.