Luminary Ceremony raises $3,000 for hospital foundation

More than 300 bags were put on brief display in Fort St. John Saturday night to honour loved ones lost to cancer.

The annual Arnie Isberg softball tournament was cancelled this year due to COVID-19, but the popular luminary ceremony that closes the event saw more bags than normal.

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Unfortunately, a storm just 30 minutes into the ceremony outside the hospital had organizers scrambling to pick up the bags before they were damaged, putting an end to the event. The event raised $3,000 for the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation.

It's not the usual $18,000 to $24,000 that the tournament would bring in, but considering both the weather and the pandemic, organizers were pleased with how everything turned out and how many people took part in decorating the bags.

"It was an extra fundraiser we wanted to put on since we couldn't do the tournament. We still wanted to do something and we did the best we could given the circumstances," said Kerri Laurin.

"It was great to see so many bags dropped off, everyone has been affected by cancer in one way or another, and it's great to help and support each other."

Organizers and the Hospital Foundation are hoping to showcase the bags in some fashion. They were kept and are currently drying. 

Email sports reporter Dillon Giancola at sports@ahnfsj.ca.

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