Tom & Barb Bedard of Fort Franecs, ON Wins $17,930!

Riverside Foundation for Health Care is excited to announce that the winner of the highly anticipated December Riverside 50/50 electronic raffle is Barb & Tom Bedard of Fort Frances, ON with the winning ticket number Y-2424367. The December 50/50 raffle has been historically larger than previous months, and this year was no exception with the Bedard’s winning $17,930 and the same amount going to the Foundation. The draw was made Friday, December 30th at 11:00am in the Foundation Office. Due to staff holidays, there was a delay in announcing the winner.

Supporters since the beginning, the Bedard’s are excited that their support has paid off. After taking a few days to let it sink in, they have decided to plan a trip to Nova Scotia this summer.

Thanks to revenue from the April-November 2022 ticket purchases, two spacelab monitors for the OR and one spacelab monitor specific for peds have been purchased for Riverside Health Care Facilities and are now in use. Moving forward funds raised will be used to purchase a Cellavision DC-1 for the lab. This software, which identifies white blood cells, will be extremely helpful to the lab staff. Low staff numbers and new technologists that do not have the experience to identify abnormal cells means that identification can take some time. Because of the ability to send pictures to the pathologist to help identify cells, the Cellavision provides more accurate and faster identification which can lead to a faster diagnoses of blood cancers. All funds for the Cellavision, which comes at an estimated cost of $33,000 are expected to be raised by the end of March.

Tickets for the January raffle are available now at or by calling the Foundation Office at 274-4803 to arrange for offline sales. Tickets are 10 for $5, 20 for $10, 100 for $20 or our best deal of 250 chances for $40. A $500 early bird draw sponsored by West End Motors and Westland Insurance will take place Wednesday, January 18th at 11:00am. Ticket sales for the jackpot close Monday, January 30th at 9:00pm with the draw taking place Tuesday, January 31st at 11:00 am. 

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