Hospital foundation selling raffle tickets for fundraiser

Published 6:57 am Wednesday, July 13, 2016

If anyone’s in the market for a new car, $50 could be enough to get that new set of wheels.

The Our Lady of the Angels Hospital Foundation is currently selling $50 raffle tickets for a 2017 Chevy Malibu LS and, even if you don’t get the winning ticket, OLA Foundation President Joannie Miller said the purchaser will get some satisfaction knowing they’ve helped the local hospital.

“What the foundation does is, it purchases badly-needed items for the hospital that they might not always find room in their budget for,” Miller said.

This year, the hospital, which is one of the public/private hospitals that is subsidized largely through state funds, saw its budget threatened by a statewide budget shortfall. Though the hospital got the money Gov. John Bel Edwards requested, the budget is still thin and Miller said the foundation’s funds are very welcome.

“We definitely think that it’s a worthwhile function for this community to have this foundation to assist them,” Miller said.

In the past the foundation has purchased pediatric equipment, an EKG machine and a new microscope.

“We don’t have anything in mind right now,” she said. “What we normally do is, once we see what our funds are during the year, we go to our CEO, or our doctors let us know some of the equipment they’re looking at and that isn’t in the budget, so we can provide those things.”

Miller said the group does an annual fundraiser, and in the past they’ve hosted auctions, although this year they decided to do a car giveaway.

“Our drawing will be at the Washington Parish Free Fair,” Miller said. “So we’ll be selling tickets through July, August, September and October. Oct. 22 is the free fair. We’ll have a tent there, and we’ll have a car on display.”

However, there is no reason to wait for the fair to buy a ticket. Miller said there are plenty of foundation volunteers selling them, and they can be purchased at the hospital as well.

The car is from Bill Hood Chevrolet in Covington, and while it’s not a donation, Miller said the group got it for a good deal.

“He gave us a very good price,” she said. “Bill Hood is a sponsor as well.”