Bid for the Build will Back the Build for new hospital

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Don’t miss your opportunity to be involved in what will be the most talked about fundraising event of the year.

The newly formed Prince Edward County Art Dealers Association (PECADA) and the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation (PECMHF) are partnering to host an evening of inspiring art at Picton’s historic Crystal Palace.

On Saturday, May 11, up to 300 revelers will have the opportunity to Bid for the Build on over 100 curated works of art by professional artists in support of the new hospital campaign. The gala evening will feature historical and significant pieces of art including painting and sculpture.

The cocktail reception will feature an impressive silent auction highlighting the best in unique and upscale artworks.

The live auction will be the centerpiece of the evening as hotly anticipated works of art are auctioned by professional auctioneer Julie Riches, who will captivate attendees with her entertaining banter and rapid calling style.

The competition will be fierce as attendees outbid each other for these once in a lifetime art experiences while supporting the PECMH Foundation’s Back the Build Campaign. Collectors may be interested in their chance to bid on an original Maud Lewis painting.

“The participating galleries that form PECADA have each denoted the starting bid levels for the works, resulting in an opportunity for arts lovers to bid upon art that is accessible and highly collectible, while raising money to support the PECMH Foundation’s Back the Build campaign. The evening is expected to have much good-natured bidding and competition, resulting in a win-win-win for all involved,” said Carlyn Moulton on behalf of PECADA.

Galleries that comprise PECADA include Blizzmax, Carbon Art and Design, Hatch Gallery, Mad Dog Gallery, Oeno Gallery and Sybil Frank Gallery. Each gallery has committed to collecting at least 10 pieces to be auctioned off at the event.

The future of the PEC Memorial Hospital (PECMH) is at a crossroads. The existing building, now 60 years old, is nearing its end of life. Renovating the current building to bring it up to current standards for hospitals would cost as much or more than building a new facility.

We are well on our way to building a new hospital. The estimated cost is $80 million. The provincial government will pay for 90% of the construction costs while the community’s share of $16.5 million includes 10% of the building cost plus all of the equipment needed for the new hospital. With state-of-the-art design and infrastructure, the new hospital will offer the same range of services available now, but with better facilities and equipment.

“The proposed new hospital will have a projected 13 emergency beds and 18 larger inpatient rooms with private washrooms. The emergency services department will have the latest medical technology and be staffed 24 hours a day by our skilled and dedicated health care professionals,” said Coull.

The Bid for the Build committee is thrilled to welcome RBC Dominion Securities as lead sponsor of Bid for the Build. The dedication of sponsors, like RBC, will help maximize proceeds for this auction and shows how these partnerships can help us reach our goal of a new hospital.

“RBC is proud to Bid for the Build that benefits the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation’s Back the Build campaign. Bringing attention to our local hospital and supporting their funding goals is paramount to delivering the standard of care everyone deserves now and into the future,” said Lisa Thompson, vice president, portfolio manager and wealth manager with RBC Dominion Securities.

“We wish to thank RBC Dominion Securities for their sponsorship of this art auction and gala evening. As the Hospital Foundation gears up for a very exciting campaign to build a new hospital in Prince Edward County, we are grateful for the outpouring of support from businesses like RBC Dominion Securities who are as committed as we are to seeing a new hospital built in our community,” said Coull.

Seating is limited with only 300 reservations available. At $25 per person, tickets will sell out quickly. Tickets are available online at

Entry includes the opportunity to bid on the works featured in the live and silent auction and gourmet appetizers. A cash bar will be available. Doors open at 6:00 PM with the silent auction running until 7:15 PM. The live auction will commence at 7:30 PM.

Mark your calendar for May 11 so you won’t miss out on an elegant evening in support of our hospital.

For more information about PECADA and to view the catalogue of works being auctioned on May 11 please visit The online catalogue opens April 25.

The Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation is a charitable organization whose mission is to raise money to advance health care for the people of Prince Edward County.