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Mary Lou Crowley, president & CEO of the CKHA Foundation, presents Highgate’s Emily Geroux with her winnings from the 2020 Igniting Healthcare 50/50 FUNdraiser. This year’s tickets go on sale May 20.

The Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Foundation (CKHAF) is getting ready to light the fundraising torch.

Foundation officials said they are bringing back the Igniting Healthcare 50/50 FUNdraiser.

Tickets for what has become Chatham-Kent’s biggest 50/50 lottery will go on sale May 20.

Last year’s raffle raised a total of $345,740, surpassing its own record from the previous year for the largest online charitable 50/50 lottery in Southwestern Ontario, and made Emily Geroux from Highgate $172,870 richer.

“The Igniting Healthcare 50/50 provides a really exciting opportunity to raise funds for our hospital,” Mary Lou Crowley, president & CEO of the CKHA Foundation, said in a release. “We have been so blessed to have such incredible support from our community – it really is the community who makes this campaign so successful.”

Proceeds from this year’s fundraiser will support cardiac care at CKHA through the purchase of new electrocardiograph machines for both the Chatham and Wallaceburg sites.

“Cardiac health effects so many people in our community, and they rely on having the best equipment available when they need it most” said Greg Hetherington, chair of the CKHA Foundation. “Regardless of who takes home this year’s jackpot, the real winner will be the patients at CKHA.”

Maple City Homes has partnered with the Foundation since the very first Igniting Healthcare 50/50 FUNdraiser, and are now participating for the third consecutive year.

“We feel a great sense of pride at Maple City Homes to be continuing our partnership with the Igniting Healthcare 50/50,” said Robb Nelson, president of Maple City Homes. “Supporting our hospital and our community is something that we are very passionate about.”

Pending provincial lockdown measures, the Foundation plans to be out in the community once again for in-person ticket sales with locations in Blenheim, Chatham, Dresden, Erieau, Ridgetown, Tilbury, and Wallaceburg, as well as new locations this year in Thamesville and Wheatley.

Tickets are also available online, along with real-time tracking of the constantly growing jackpot at www.ignite5050.ca.

This year’s draw will take place on Aug. 5 at 1 p.m. at the Foundation office.

Tickets can only be purchased by Ontario residents over 18 years of age.

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