Message from Jody Nesti
Chair, Board of Directors, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation
March 24, 2018
The Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation has several signature events that have grown over the years (and decades) to become major community events.
The Bearskin Airlines Hope Classic held this past February is definitely one of those. And what a successful one it was this year! The curling bonspiel shattered the committee’s 100k goal, raising a total of $118,500 and bringing the grand total to $3.1 million for breast cancer diagnosis, treatment, and research over the past 22 years.
Looking back, the bonspiel was a pretty groundbreaking event for 1997, raising awareness about breast cancer like never before in Thunder Bay. People began to realize how closely connected everyone was to people with breast cancer, and how many people it affects.
I always found this event to be such a class act. The organizers, blessed with an army of supportive sponsors, cater quite nicely to the women with gift bags, great food, and of course curling-appropriate beverages. Over the years, I have noticed many new faces enjoying the weekend, and often I see past participants who may just drop by for a quick hello and some penny auction tickets. It’s more than just an event – it’s like a family reunion.
To the participants and sponsors who continue to raise money and support this event, Linda Buchan (who passed away in 2002) would be so proud to know that you believe in her vision and continue to carry the torch. Although I don’t curl anymore (thank you, body), I still support the event every year.
The Bachelors for Hope Charity Auction is another fun event where the women of Thunder Bay can get dressed up and dance like nobody’s watching. This year it’s back at the Valhalla Inn, which is an excellent venue. Good food, local MCs, and of course the bachelors who are always good sports about standing up to strut their stuff in front of hundreds of women. I’ve been fortunate enough to persuade two handsome bachelors to volunteer in past years, and I know that sometimes they need a little push. Once they’re on stage though, they really get into the spirit of the evening – much to the thrill of the ladies, I can tell you!
The Bachelors for Hope is a super fun event, so bring your girlfriends or co-workers out and party the night away. It’s all for a good cause, too. To date, the event has raised over $1.1 million for the Northern Cancer Fund.
This year, the event will be held on Friday, April 13. It sells out fast, so it’s best to get a seat far in advance. (I’ve already got mine.) Tickets are available online at healthsciencesfoundation.ca/bachelors or by calling (807) 345-HOPE (4673).
See you there!