‘People just sort of rushed in there. There must’ve been about 25 tables of stuff’
TRURO – The money hasn’t been tallied yet, but Frank Arseneau is happy with how this weekend’s Hubbub turned out.
The annual Colchester hospital hubbub was a huge success in Truro on Saturday morning. Monique Chiasson - Truro Daily News
“It seemed to be a real good day,” said Arseneau, one of the co-chairs of the event that supports the Colchester Regional Hospital Auxiliary. “We made about $2,000 at the door, so if that was a dollar a head, that’s a good indication of how many people went through the gymnasium.”
Arseneau said it could be a few days before he knows how much was raised, but he and co-chair Struan Hale were hoping to have raised more than 2011’s total of around $30,000. The Hubbub wasn’t a go last year for a number of reasons, but Arseneau and Hale brought it back this year as it’s the auxiliary’s major fundraiser each year.
With a number of different tables, Arseneau said it was the New to You table that seemed to be most popular.
“People just sort of rushed in there. There must’ve been about 25 tables of stuff, so it went pretty good.
“The baking and fudge were also very popular, and so was the diamond ring raffle.”
The other raffles, including a quilt and hooked rug, also brought in money from ticket sales, and people seemed to pour over the tables of books.
“There was also some very lovely stuff on the white elephant table,” added Arseneau.
Wayne Elliott and his band kept the visitors and volunteers entertained at the event.
All the money raised from the Hubbub goes back into the auxiliary. The auxiliary supports the Colchester East Hants Health Centre through avenues such as bursaries for students, educational programs for staff, and equipment compiled on a wish list.
Over the past four years, the Hubbub raised about $115,000 and in general, the auxiliary has donated about $800,000 to the new centre so far.