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BCH will benefit from WSPQ’s Cookout for a Cause

SPRINGVILLE—For 68 years Bertrand Chaffee Hospital in Springville has provided the residents of southern Erie County top quality healthcare, locally, saving them from the hardships of having to drive to the city when in need of medical care.

Recognizing the great service Bertrand Chaffee has provided local residents, WSPQ 1330 AM radio is dedicating a Cookout for a Cause event to benefit the hospital. The event will take place on Wednesday, July 30, at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital, located on East Main Street.

Cookout for a Cause is part of a series of cookouts that WSPQ does in support of local non-profit organizations. For $2, the classic hits station is offering a hot dog and a pop, with proceeds going to benefit the non-profit Bertrand Chaffee Foundation.

“We pick different organizations every year, we try to hit the tri-county area,” said Fred Haier, of WSPQ’s Fun with Fred Morning Show. “Bertrand Chaffee Hospital is important to the community, they’re on the up right now, making improvements and keeping health care local, which is their slogan.”

Along with the cookout, parents and grandparents are invited to have their children’s car seats inspected by the Erie County Sheriff’s Department. Technicians will be available to make sure car seats are installed properly and to see that the correct car seats are being used for the child’s age and weight.

With weather permitting, kids will have the opportunity to enjoy a live demonstration of a Mercy Flight helicopter landing. After the helicopter has landed, everyone will be invited to check out cockpit and see the aircraft up close.

In addition, WSPQ will have a special prize box giveaway, as well as tickets to Martin’s Fantasy Island and Waldameer Park and Water World.

“All of us here at the hospital are very excited about the event, I don’t remember us ever having an event like this before.” said Kara Kane, development and community relations coordinator at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital. The Bertrand Chaffee Foundation accounts for most of the fundraising done for the hospital. “The foundation is non-profit organization, it has a separate board of directors from the hospital board, and those directors determine how the funds raised will be applied towards projects, equipment, capital improvements and scholarships, for both the hospital and the [Jennie B.] nursing home,” said Kane.

Outside of the annual Garden Party, which is held in May, the foundation does not have any other regularly scheduled fundraising events. Cookout for a Cause will provide a great bump in funds for the hospital’s foundation. “This event is one example of ways that local organizations and businesses provide support to Bertrand Chaffee Hospital, the nursing home and the foundation by coming together and coordinating something where the proceeds support our operations and our mission of keeping health care local,” said Kane. “It’s the perfect example of how there are local organizations who show their appreciation for the hospital, either through service or fundraising.”

All the activities will be taking place in the Bertrand Chaffee Hospital parking lot, located at 224 East Main St. from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.. For more information contact Kara Kane at 592-2871 ext. 1485 or

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