Art from the Attic funds help acute trauma room

It’s a simple plan: recycle your old stuff and save lives, potentially your own.

It’s a simple plan: recycle your old stuff and save lives, potentially your own.

That concept has been working for the Invermere Health Care Auxiliary since 1975, when the Invermere Thrift Store first opened its doors. Staffed by hard-working volunteers, the thrift store raises funds used to improve health care for valley residents and visitors.

Most recently, funds raised from thrift store donations have resulted in a fully-equipped acute trauma room in the new emergency ward at the hospital. That’s where seriously-injured people, including accident victims, are first taken.

In the past, these patients were often dispatched by ambulance to another hospital because local doctors didn’t have the tools to do an accurate diagnosis.

Now their job is easier, thanks to equipment such as a $45,000 portable ultrasound machine which can detect internal bleeding, for example.

In September, the auxiliary joined forces with the Columbia Valley Arts Council to host a new event called Art From the Attic, which sold almost 1,000 donated new and used art works. The one-day sale drew 1,200 visitors and raised more than $15,000 that was split between the two groups.

More donations of unwanted art started arriving the very next day, according to event manager Elinor Florence. “Fortunately Chuck Newhouse donated the use of a mini-storage unit which is rapidly filling up in preparation for next year’s sale,” she said.

“We are accepting everything from empty frames to inexpensive department store prints to original paintings,” she said. “Last year’s sale proved there is a market for everything.”

The arts council also put their share of the Art From the Attic proceeds to good use, said president Chris Evans.

“This event made an important contribution towards the operating costs of the Pynelogs Art Gallery,” he said. “We display the work of local artists, including exhibitions from the valley elementary schools and David Thompson Secondary School; as well as staging concerts, such as the recent Open Mike evening for emerging local performers.”

Organizers are accepting art donations at the thrift store, or call 250-342-0444 or email elinor1@telus.net for free pickup. Next year’s Art From the Attic is set for September 1.

Just Posted

The end of an Echo

Invermere Valley Echo shuts down operations in Columbia Valley

Creating a new narrative for Canal Flats

Economic development consultant hired, lists vision for next 90 days

UPDATE: Crews battle as wildfires rage in B.C. Interior

Crews brace for another day on B.C. firelines as no let up is likely

VIDEO: B.C. wildfires by the numbers

Wildfires continue to engulf regions of B.C.’s forests and communities.

VIDEO: More than 180 wildfires burning across B.C.

Firefighters from other provinces called in to assist

DTSS Grad March 2017

DTSS Grad March 2017

59 cats seized in Chase

59 neglected and injured cats were seized from a property in Chase

Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell dead at age 52

The singer/songwriter passed away early Thursday morning in Detroit

Paying tribute to a primeval passage

Uninterrupted celebrates the Adams River sockeye run in an extraordinary way.

UPDATE: Pemberton Music Festival cancelled, no automatic refunds

In the past, the music festival located in Pemberton drew large crowds last year of 180,000 fans

Medical wait times cost B.C. patients $2,300 each

New Fraser Institute report places B.C. at second worst in costs associated with long wait times

UPDATE: 22 killed at Ariana Grande concert

Witnesses reported hearing two loud bangs coming from near the arena’s bars at about 10:35 p.m.

One in three Canadian high school students have rode with drinking drivers, study reveals

Nearly one in five rode with a driver who’d been smoking pot

Top court to hear federal government’s appeal on residential school records

A lower court judge ruled to destroy the stories after 15 years unless consent is given to preserve

Most Read