31st annual fundraiser to purchase laser for ophthalmology department
© Darrell Cole – Amherst Daily News
Food, fun and bargains will be in the spotlight on Saturday when the Cumberland Health Care Auxiliary hosts the 31st Annual Highland Fling at the Amherst Curling Club from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Organizing committee members: (from left) Vicki Daley, Jean Miller and auxiliary president Karen Wood are looking forward to a busy day.
AMHERST – After raising nearly $40,000 at last year’s 30th anniversary Highland Fling, organizers are hoping for a repeat performance.
“Last year we were going for $30,000 to celebrate 30 years and we raised about $39,500. This year, we’re going for $31,000 for 31 years. Who knows how much we’ll raise this time,” Highland Fling organizing committee member Vicki Daley said. “Based on what we’ve received so far, we’re well on our way.”
The Cumberland Health Care Auxiliary’s Highland Fling returns Saturday at the Amherst Curling Club, with the fun running from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and featuring a return of many of the popular booths along with some new ones.
“There’s really something there for all ages including the Kid’s Korner, the Shrine clowns, Docs Dogs and the lobster rolls,” Daley said.
Admission to the fling will be 30 cents again this year after being a quarter for many years. Daley said the admission fee went up five cents last year to celebrate the 30th anniversary, but she said they decided against going up another penny. She said the extra penny could be given to the Amherst Lions Club that has spent the last month collecting pennies for the Fling throughout the community and will be collecting more on Saturday along with their games of chance and plant sale.
The Lioness Club will be back with its used book sale, while there will be a new and new to you booth, a baking and dessert table, the Teddy Bear health clinic and blood pressure and blood glucose testing for people.
Daley said many community groups have come forward once again to support the Cumberland Health Care Auxiliary through the Highland Fling with the money raised going to purchase medical equipment for the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre.
“We’ve had tremendous support in the community through the purchase of Fling buttons, attending various events before the Fling, such as the Sing for the Fling, and by coming to the actual Fling itself,” Daley said.
Sing for the Fling, held Wednesday at the Susan Taylor Theatre at ARHS, raised just over $5,000.
“The Bristols and Dick’s Jamboree are such an integral part of this fundraiser,” she said. “A huge crowd enjoyed fantastic entertainment with Randy Geddes keeping things running smoothly as the emcee. Thanks to everyone involved and the performers who gave their time we’re that much closer to our goal.”
To date, Daley said the Lions’ Pennies for the Fling has raised about $840.
Since its inception, the Fling has raised well over $500,000 for the hospital. This year’s event will go to support the auxiliary in its plan to purchase an argon laser for the ophthalmology department valued at $45,000.