St. Francis Valley Health Care Foundation - Events is always something happening in the community to help support our Hospital, Hospice and Valley Manor. Whether it's a concert, raffle, ticket draw or a special fundraising event hosted by the Foundation, there are many opportunities for someone to get involved in helping community healthcare. ]]>Thu, 01 Jun 2023 8:19:18 +0000en-us<![CDATA[Catch the Ace]]>, 01 Jun 2023 8:19:18 +0000

Here’s how the lottery works

The lottery starts with 52 playing cards individually sealed in manila envelopes numbered 1 through 52 and secured in a display case. Nobody knows which envelope contains the Ace of Spades – until the lucky winner catches it!

When tickets are purchased, supporters will be asked to pre-select an envelope number on their ticket stub.  The lucky weekly winner takes home 20% of that week’s ticket revenues and the envelope number selected on the ticket will be opened to reveal a playing card. If the card is not the Ace of Spades, the card will be destroyed and the lottery continues for another week.  If the card is the Ace of Spades, the weekly winner also wins the progressive jackpot!  The progressive jackpot grows each week with 30% of weekly ticket sales revenue being added in.

For complete rules and regulations, click the link below.





WEEKLY WINNERS FOR LOTTERY 6 (First draw held Oct. 13, 2022)
Click the image below to watch the corresponding draw.





Click here to read about our Lottery 5 winner! 

Ontario Problem Gambling Hotline


Lottery License #: 1279928


<![CDATA[Events]]>, 29 May 2023 1:04:33 +0000There is always something happening in the community to help support our Hospital, Hospice and Valley Manor.

Whether it's a concert, raffle, ticket draw or a special fundraising event hosted by the Foundation, there are many opportunities for someone to get involved in helping community healthcare.

<![CDATA[Rockathon]]>, 02 May 2023 4:09:35 +0000


Last year, the St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation was able to exceed its goal in helping the Valley Manor purchase vital lifts through its first ever Rockathon. The premise was simple: Teams collected pledges through friends and family and committed to rock in a rocking chair for six whole hours.

Based on the incredible response to this fun event, our committee is pleased to announce the return of the Rockathon for 2023.

The second-annual Rockathon will be held outside in the Valley Manor Courtyard on Friday, June 16th, 2023 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. We are encouraging participants to decorate their rocking chairs, dress in colourful clothes (if you wish) and cheer throughout the day.  We have limited rocking chairs available, so please let us know if you can bring your own to the event – we can even assist with pick up and drop offs!

The St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation raises funds for its three healthcare partners including the St. Francis Memorial Hospital, Valley Manor and Madawaska Valley Hospice Palliative Care. This year, proceeds from the Rockathon will help support the needs of local healthcare, including much needed equipment at the Valley Manor long term care home. As you may know, The Valley Manor is the area’s only long-term care home, providing care for 90 residents. Resident comfort and safety is a major priority for the Manor and the need for quality and dependable equipment is crucial.  

Participants may join as individuals or a team of up to 6 (this is a great way to split up the day, as each person on your team can rock for one hour). If you are interested in raising funds for this incredible cause, please ensure you register with the Foundation before you begin collecting pledges by:

1) Calling 613-756-3045 ext. 217

2) Emailing us at

3) By visiting us in person at 7 St. Francis Memorial Drive (our hours of operation are Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

Pledge forms are due by June 9, 2023.

We look forward to rocking with you! 

<![CDATA[Tree of Lights Celebrations]]>, 19 Jan 2023 7:21:58 +0000Tree Lighting Ceremony 2022
Our tree lighting ceremony took place on Friday, December 2, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. at the Barry's Bay Railway Station. There was something for everyone! From horse-drawn wagon rides, to refreshments and even a visit from Santa - many came out to enjoy this free community event. If you missed it, please watch the taped broadcast of the ceremony below. Find out more about the Campaign by clicking here.

<![CDATA[Friends of St. Francis Annual Charity Golf Tournament and Online Auction]]>, 28 Sep 2022 4:58:15 +0000

Sun shines on 2022 “Friends of St Francis”
golf tournament & online auction

On Friday, Sept. 2, 36 teams teed it up in the annual Friends of St Francis Charity Golf Tournament and Online Auction held at the Homestead at Wolf Ridge Golf course. 

Running in conjunction with the tournament was the popular online auction that wrapped up on Friday as well.  Volunteers and staff of the St Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation organized both events and were thrilled with the results.

Erin Gienow, Executive Director of the SFVHF, said proceeds from the tournament and auction will go towards the purchase of a defibrillator unit at St Francis.  This device is a visualization system used for intubation and other critical airway procedures. These are lifesaving devices that are used in emergency situations to correct an uneven heartbeat in a patient.  She said although exact figures would not be known until later this week, this year’s events were “very successful”.

The winning foursome in the tournament was Thomas Yandernoll’s team with a score of minus 15.  Other members were Stephanie Johnson, Courtney Pilgrim and Cutler Lacombe.

The putting contest was won by Eugene Bloskie with 75 points, who received a gift certificate from the Ash Grove Inn for a night’s stay, dinner and breakfast. 

Gienow said the tournament and online auction would not be possible without the generous support of over 125 sponsors, bidders, golfers, volunteers and staff at the Foundation. 

“This year, we returned to the shot-gun start,” Gienow said. “The weather was beautiful and it was great to see so many returning teams and we also had the opportunity to meet a few new teams as well.” 

Those present, were also entertained in the afternoon by musical guests, Dr Jason Malinowski, Amy Easton and Kirk Harber who are members of the Odd Men Out band. 

While fun was had by all, Gienow added, “we hope that everyone that contributed to the tournament and online auction know that they are making a tremendous impact on local healthcare by ensuring that our wonderful care staff have the tools they need to care for us all!” 

Stay tuned for the 2023 Friends of St. Francis Charity Golf Tournament and Online Auction! 

Thank you to our many sponsors who supported the 2022 Friends of St. Francis Charity Golf Tournament and Online Auction!

2021 Friends of St. Francis Charity Golf Tournament!

View the welcome video on YouTube by Clicking Here.

2020 Friends of St. Francis Virtual Charity Event!

<![CDATA[Annual KAPOA Poker Run]]>, 09 Sep 2022 1:23:42 +0000
Thank you KAPOA!
The Kamaniskeg and Area Property Owners Association (KAPOA) hosted its 10th annual Poker Run on July 23 and recently visited with the St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation to drop off the proceeds from the event. An incredible $31,723.00 was raised, with proceeds going to local healthcare including the purchase of a ventilator for St. Francis Memorial Hospital. Pictured, left to right: Director of Patient Care Services Mary-Ellen Harris, Dr. Jason Malinowski, SFVH Foundation Executive Director Erin Gienow, event sponsor Michel Lavigne from the Valley Gazette, poker run organizer Bruce Willmer, KAPOA President Kerra Wylie and past poker run organizer Lynn MacLean. 
<![CDATA[Memorial Butterfly Release]]>, 26 Jul 2022 3:23:30 +0000

2022 Memorial Butterfly Release

Despite the rainy day, the 2022 Memorial Butterfly Release was a huge success thanks to the flexibility of our amazing supporters.
While many chose to pick up their butterflies and release at home, others stayed for the indoor ceremony. Just as the ceremony ended, the skies cleared and participants were able to release their butterflies outdoors.
Organized by Madawaska Valley Hospice Palliative Care and St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation, the Memorial Butterfly Release provides a safe place for people to come together and honour and remember loved ones in a meaningful way.
“The butterfly release is an important event for our community as it allows families to recognize their lost loved ones in a meaningful, yet simple way," MVHPC Executive Director Lisa Hubers said. "The proceeds of this event fund our grief and bereavement program which includes, one to one support for individuals for a year following a death, facilitated grief groups two times per year, specialized grief events, and grief education.”
Thank you to everyone who made this day possible, including those who reserved butterflies and donated to the cause, as well as our incredible sponsors including our event sponsor, Zohr Family Funeral Home, our Chrysalis sponsors Church Street Flowers and Greg Kelly Insurance, and our Caterpillar level sponsors including Madawaska Valley Lions Club, Heubner Funeral Home, Campbell Monuments and Royal Canadian Legion Branch 406.
Thank you also goes out to the Opeongo Seniors Centre and volunteers who opened their doors to us so that we could host our indoor ceremony.
Watch the video below for highlights from the Memorial Butterfly Release.

<![CDATA[Host Your Own Fundraising Event]]>, 07 May 2021 5:10:38 +0000Plan your own event or make us your charitable partner for an existing event! You can help us raise money that will assist the St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation to continue its efforts to provide equipment and outstanding local healthcare services at the St. Francis Memorial Hospital, Madawaska Valley Hospice, and Valley Manor. Every little bit helps and we appreciate your efforts. Thank you!

Event Ideas

When it comes to event ideas, the opportunities are endless. We’ve started this list to get your creative juices flowing. Feel free to use some of these ideas or make your event entirely your own!

  • Garage Sale
  • BBQ
  • Dinner Party
  • Run/Walk
  • Sporting Event
  • Party/Function
  • Raffle
  • Bake Sale
  • Trivia Night
  • Church Function
  • Arts and Crafts Sale/Show

Tips for Event Success

  1. Choose an event
  2. Pick a date and time for your event
  3. Get to know the St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation. People are more likely to donate when you can clearly articulate why a cause is important and why you need their support. Visit our website to learn more about us.
  4. Form a volunteer event planning committee. If your planning committee has enough members to share tasks and a variety of skills & experience, you will have the right formula for a winning event.
  5. Create a work plan (and budget if necessary – an organized event is a successful event). Be sure to research whether your event will require any special permit, licenses, and/or insurance.
  6. Promote your event
  7. Have a back-up plan. Make sure you have a ‘plan B’, especially if your event is dependent on factors like the weather.

Support from the St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation

  • Publicity and promotion via St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation’s social media pages including Facebook, our website, & display monitor (see below for more details)
  • Recognition- We are pleased to make arrangements with local newspapers to cover the event and/or if possible be present for cheque presentations.

Donations/Tax Receipt Guidelines

  • Please contact the Foundation if you have any questions regarding tax receipts. 

Publicity and Promotion

  • Eye-catching flyers, tickets, & other promotional materials will help make your event a success. The correct usage of the St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation’s name or logo is very important to us. Foundation staff will be available to work with you to approve the use of the name and logo prior to the event or distribution of materials. All promotional materials should make clear, where applicable, that the funds are being raised in support of the St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation rather than by the St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation.

Thank you for your interest in hosting your own fundraising event on behalf of the St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation. Every little bit counts and we appreciate your efforts to help us raise money to support local healthcare in your community.

Once you have an idea for the type of event you would like to host, please contact us at

613-756-3044 ext. 217 or