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Pioneer Lodge receives large donation to new wing

Pioneer Lodge has received a large donation to their new wing.

The seniors’ home accepted $250,000 from the Fred North Charitable Foundation to go towards the Pioneer Home, a wing which provides an extra level of care for seniors that need it.

“It’s a very well run facility,” said Fred North, founder of the foundation. “We try to check out all the organizations we can give funding to, and this seemed [to be] a very good cause. My wife’s father was in here, and my grandmother was in here way back in the ’60s, and it’s always [been] a very well thought of home here, and that’s why I think it’s a good thing to support.”

Lloydminster Regional Health Foundation Chair Darrel Howell says he is grateful for the donation.

“[The LRHF has] pledged to raise a little over $2 million in this community, so Fred’s contribution of $250,000 is a great first step,” Howell said. “We’re hopeful that we’ll be able to raise the remainder of the money by the middle of next year. It’s a great, great start, and we’re so indebted to him for doing that.”

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The LRHF says they are still hearing from donors, and have several initiatives planned to make up the remainder. Combined with a $100,000 donation from Sellers RV, the foundation has been able to raise $350,000 since fundraising began last month.

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