Online auction raises funds for Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital Mental Health Program

$12,500 was raised during Angie Green-Hill’s annual online auction

Thanks to a Facebook Auction in May, Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital is getting a $12,500 boost for its Mental Health Program.

The funds were raised from Angie Green-Hill’s annual online auction for Mental Health between May 4 and May 10.

The annual event almost didn’t happen due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I was not prepared to solicit auction donations like I usually do,” Green-Hill explained. “I didn’t feel it was right with all the financial stress the pandemic placed on local businesses to ask for donations, but Leslie Newhall from Northern Birch Boutique gave me the head start I needed and encouraged me to put it on.”

Closed because of COVID-19, Newhall offered the store’s previous year’s inventory to kick off the auction and others followed suit. In the end, Green-Hill had one of her most successful auctions to date. “I made a goal of $5,000,” she said. “I thought, if we can raise just that much during a global pandemic, that’s pretty good. When the final tally came in, I was shocked. A sincere thank you to everyone who donated items and participated in the auction.”

Funds raised will enhance the common space in the Extra Care Area on Soldiers’ mental health floor. The improvements will increase safety for both patients and staff and enhance the ECA’s programming and services.

Since 2017, Angie’s Auction has raised more than $50,000 in support of mental health programs at the hospital.

feature image courtesy of Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital