The inaugural Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH) Gowns and Gloves gala, on Nov. 3, delivered big support for tiny patients. More than 300 guests raised $326,000 for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and medical equipment.

The sold-out event included a reception, dinner and musical entertainment by the Montreal Rhapsody Orchestra, as well as live and silent auctions.

“More than 2,000 babies are born at RVH each year and ensuring we have the technology ready to support the specialized healthcare needs of our tiniest patients is vital,” said Janice Skot, RVH president and CEO. “Each year, approximately 400 babies require extra care in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and we want to ensure they can get that care closer to home. We’re so grateful to the individuals and companies that supported the gala and are helping us provide care for generations to come.”

Most equipment is not government funded, which means the cost of replacement is the responsibility of the health centre and the community. Funds from the gala will support various medical equipment needs touching the lives of many patients.

Photo: Montreal Rhapsody Orchestra had guests at the RVH Gowns and Gloves gala dancing the night away. Danielle Maheu photo