Denim, Diamonds, and cowboy hats were on display April 21, as Miltonians gathered for the fifth annual Rotary Club Denim and Diamonds gala. The event was held at the Gambrel Barn at Country Heritage Park.

This year the club has chosen the Milton District Hospital Foundation (MDHF) as its charity. The service club was approached by MDHF to be a part of the fundraising in 2016. They made a $25,000 pledge over five years. The money is to go to helping with equipment costs, and a pediatric waiting room for the surgery department. “We like to do things for kids, so we wanted to combine them,” Event Co-Chair Rebecca Hunter said. The MDHF is responsible for covering the costs of medical equipment for the hospital.

Jean-Ann MacDonald attended with two tables of her friends. “I think it’s nice to come out to these events for Milton while we’re growing so quickly. It’s still nice to see we can pull these people together and come out and support things that are really important to us,” she said. They were dressed in glittery western-style finery.

The evening began with official speeches before a buffet dinner. The dance floor By Laura Steiner Photos by Sarah Arfan filled up with people for line dancing, which soon cleared most of the tables. A live band, The Groovy Brothers kept people up, entertained the crowd later in the evening.

MDHF has completed its $30 million Our Home, Our Hospital campaign. “That is huge for us. That is in part due to service clubs, and people in this community.” Associate Director of Development and Major Gifts said. They reached goal in gifts, and pledges; money that will be coming in over the next couple of years. The campaign raised money for a 320,000 sq. ft. expansion that opened in October, 2017

The Rotary Club is looking for new members. For more information on them visit their website at: For more information on the Milton District Hospital Foundation visit their website:
Photos by: Sarah Arfan

Laura Steiner

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