The threat of rain and thunderstorms didn't dampen the generosity of those who attended the first annual Garden Party in support of the Battlefords branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA). The event on Friday night raised more than $50,000.
Attendees ate and were entertained by Beer League, Back Of the Bus and recording artist Jeffrey Straker all in an effort to raise funds for the Make Room for Mental Health Campaign. CMHA is in the process of purchasing its new building, the former Lion’s Den in Battleford.
“I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to see everyone here,” Executive Director Jane Zielke de Montbrun said to the crowd. “The tremendous support we have received from the Battlefords and surrounding area has been overwhelming.”
The CMHA Battlefords branch was forced to find a new building when the old location became too small for staff to handle the volume of cases coming through the doors.
“We are getting closer to our $610,000 goal,” Zielke de Montbrun said. “We are currently at $380,000 raised, plus we are finished with the sale of our old building which is certainly good news.”
CMHA Battlefords board member Kent Lindgren said the community has always supported the initiatives of their organization.
“We are so proud of our community,” Lindgren said, who is also a North Battleford city councillor. “They have rallied around us not only tonight, but over and over again. “
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