Cruise Nights Raises $2,000 for Our Hearts At Home Campaign
Published Tuesday, November 19, 2019
(l-r) Barry DeJardine from Cruise Nights, Glenn Craig, President & CEO, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation and Anne Marie Polowski from the DaVinci Centre. Cruise Nights raised over $2,000 for the Our Hearts At Home campaign to bring cardiovascular surgical services to Northwestern Ontario.
by Graham Strong
Cruise Nights at the DaVinci brings out the best in cars – and the best in people. Barry DeJardine said that Cruise Nights is a great opportunity for car lovers to show off their vintage rides, talk to other car enthusiasts, and get ideas for their next projects.
Car owners and spectators can also buy 50/50 tickets in support of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation. This year, they donated over $2,000 to the Our Hearts At Home campaign to bring life-saving cardiovascular surgery to Northwestern Ontario. To date, Cruise Nights has raised almost $10,000 for cardiac care in Northwestern Ontario.
“The car people really are very generous,” DeJardine said. “Sometimes people will win three, four hundred dollars, and they give half of it back to the Foundation.”
The Cruise Nights organizers decided on the Our Hearts At Home campaign because of how important it is to have world-class cardiovascular surgery here. DeJardine said he knows firsthand. He had to fly to Ottawa for a heart procedure.
“On top of suddenly having to leave that night for treatment, we had to figure out how to get there and back. We’re not travellers. We had never been to Ottawa. It was a hard week,” DeJardine said. “We have enough heart disease in Northwestern Ontario that we should have those kinds of services here.”