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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Be an Angel Gala hosted by the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation raised $92,000 on Saturday.

Megan Brooks, community giving and events coordinator, said $17,000 was raised in the silent auction and $55,000 in the live auction.

Ticket sales and other evening activities made up the remaining amount.

The I Remember quilt was auctioned off as well, as it is each year. This year it went for a record-breaking $16,500.

Brooks said the quilt is an opportunity for someone to honour the memory of a loved one by adding their name to the border of the quilt, which will then be displayed in the Fort St. John Hospital.

This year, Roxanne Jaschke’s name will be added to the quilt.

Kelly Amboe, the hospital foundation’s executive director, said the event “went beautifully.”

Couples dancing the night away at the Denim and Diamonds Gala. (Rundown Ranch Photography)
Couples dancing the night away at the Denim and Diamonds Gala. (Rundown Ranch Photography)

“People were dressed beautifully in their denim and diamonds,” Amboe said.

“The decorating committee did an amazing job transforming the banquet hall into a winter wonderland.”

Christmas trees at the Be an Angel Gala (Lilia Hansen)
Christmas trees at the Be an Angel Gala. (Lilia Hansen)

The Janet Taylor award was awarded to Peace Villa recreation assistant Kelly Fell at the event due to her donating over $40,000 to the foundation and participating in Bluey Days nine times.

“Kelly is a sweetheart and an outstanding fundraiser who has volunteered countless hours assisting the foundation team in collecting donations for our Gala,” said Amboe.

“Anyone who knows Kelly knows she is a very deserving recipient of this award.”

The Denim and Diamonds venue before guests arrived, (Lisa Gabriel Photography)
The Denim and Diamonds venue before guests arrived. (Lisa Gabriel Photography)

Next for the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation is the Light A Moose radiothon starting on November 23rd.

For more information on both events, an interview with Amboe can be viewed below:

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Shailynn Foster is a news reporter for energeticcity.ca. Shailynn has been writing since she was 7 years old, but only recently started her journey as a journalist. Shailynn was born and raised in Fort St. John and she watches way too much YouTube, Netflix and Disney+ during the week while playing DND on the weekends.