Our community strongly supports our local hospital through a wide range of community lead and organized fundraising events. Please see our past and present events below!
Thank you to Tina Hunt and the O.P.P. for organizing another amazing Superhero Fun day! It was a huge success, with proceeds being split between DARE and the RVH Foundation.
The second Superhero Fun Day is set to take place this year on on February 26th from 11am to 2pm at the RCAF Wing. Tickets are $20 and include 1 child with 1 adult, lunch and a photo. All our favorite superheros will be there including Captain America, Michelangelo, Batman, Darth Vader, Spiderman and more! Activities include tae kwon do, Jedi training, superhero boot camp and more. Tickets will not be available at the door. Please purchase at the Renfrew OPP detachment prior to event day.
Gourley’s and Bluewave Energy Bake Sale and BBQ
Please stop by Gourley’s on November 5th from 8am to 2pm for their 7th Annual BBQ and Bake Sale, all in support of RVH!
Lots of baked and pickled goods to start the hunting season off right!
Erica Wark Hits Renfrew!
Stone Fence Theatre Presents – High Times at the Heart Institute
Friday, October 21st and Saturday, October 22nd
High Times at the Heart Institute is a great time for a great cause – health care in the Ottawa Valley. It’s a brand-new musical comedy written by Stone Fence Theatre producer Ish Theilheimer and directed by Chantal Elie-Sernoskie that celebrates Canada’s health care system and takes a humorous look at aging Boomers coming to terms with mortality.
This fall and winter, the play is touring the Valley, with the potential to raise at least $25,000 for hospitals and health care.
The show was inspired by my own personal experience as a patient at the Ottawa Heart Institute,” says Mr. Theilheimer. “I have been so impressed by the care and service I’ve received both at the Institute and at all the local hospitals that are tied in with it.”
The show is being performed at the Renfrew Recreation Centre on October 21 and 22 and after that at Madawaska Valley District High School in Barrys Bay on October 29, Childs Auditorium at Mackenzie Community School in Deep River on November 12; Calvin United Church in Pembroke on November 18 and 19, the Old Town Hall Theatre in Almonte on November 26 and the Helenic Centre in Ottawa on January 20 and 21. Plans are in the works, as well, for a tour stop in Almonte in Spring.
The show’s plot involve four heart patients who find themselves thrust together by their health issues. They include Bobby (John Haslam) and Wendy (Fran Pinkerton), two aging rock and rollers and exes who can’t stand each other, left-wing cynic Arthur (Peter Brown), and Tea Party American Maggie (Lesley Sneddon), whose health insurance company leaves her high and dry. Toni (Shirley Hill), a stressed-out and overworked nurse tries to cope with all their needs. In the end, Wendy uses a secret from her old hippie days to save the day. Conrad Boyce, Nigel Epps, Cathy Lyons, Elaine Neigel make up the chorus, known as “The Interns.” Derek Tollhurst plays bass, Evan Burgess plays guitar, and Mr. Theilheimer plays percussion in the show.
All tickets cost $29 ($25.66 + HST), with proceeds going to support the hospitals in towns being visited and the Heart Institute.
Tickets for all shows are available from Stone Fence Theatre’s website – www.stonefence.ca or from the box office – 613-628-6600 or, toll-free, 1-866-310-1004, or from local outlets.
Valley Bluegrass Festival
“A little bit of bluegrass is a powerful thing.”
In Renfrew and surrounding area, bluegrass music is a very powerful force that has been making a real difference throughout our community.
A portion of the proceeds from the annual Valley Bluegrass Festival held at Bob Johnston’s farm in Horton Township are once again being directed to our local hospital.
“We continue to be extremely grateful to our friends on the Bluegrass committee,” comments Barb Desilets, RVH Foundation Director. “Over the last three years, funds have been directed to our beautiful outdoor Healing Garden at the front of the hospital.
Since opening in May 2015, the comfort it provides to patients and families is immeasurable. We see individuals using the area and now the new oncology looks onto the garden for patients receiving treatments.”
This year, proceeds will go towards the second phase of the project—a beautiful indoor garden space on our second floor.
The event started in 1995 and once the festival began to produce a profit in 1997, the organizers (a volunteer committee) made a decision to support local organizations—starting with RVH.
Two decades later, the bluegrass festival has a large North American-wide following and a massive impact on the community. Talented musical acts lift spirits while incidentally improving local health care services—to the tune of more than of $90,000 for RVH. Donations in previous years have supported our dialysis department and capital equipment needs.
“The festival itself is all about the love of bluegrass music,” shares Darrell Mooney, one of the committee members who has been with the festival since it began. He reiterates that it’s not meant to be a fundraising activity, but the overwhelming success has provided them with an opportunity to bring two Healing Gardens to life at RVH. With most of the organizers born and raised in Renfrew, he says they are proud to continue their support. “It’s quite unique—we are the only hospital in Canada that we know of that has two gardens.”
Likewise, the atmosphere they have created at the festival is unique and Mooney says it’s all because of the people involved.
He thanks all of the hard-working folks who help behind the scenes: “We couldn’t do any of it without our volunteers! They are simply the best in the world.”
Be sure to take in the banjos, guitars and fiddles at this family-oriented festival.
It runs July 7–10 at 408 Castleford Road, Renfrew. Passes can be purchased at the gates or for more details, visit www.valleybluegrass.ca