Murder Mystery raises $30,000 for children’s mental health
Hosted by ATB Financial Westview, Smoking Gun Entertainment performed a murder mystery at the Stonebridge Hotel on April 27 where $30,000 was raised for children’s mental health. Photo courtesy of Diesel Powered Images/Tammenithia Diesel
The Hillbilly Wedding Murder Mystery Dinner managed to raise $30,000 for children’s mental health—half of which goes to the new hospital—at the Stonebridge Hotel on April 27.
ATB Financial Westview organized the murder mystery as part of the 20th Teddy for a Toonie Campaign where ATB branches raise funds for the Stollery and Alberta Children’s Hospitals.
“Really, what I want to get across is ATB Financial is so grateful to the Grande Prairie community for stepping up with such generous donations and making the event such a success,” said Pamela Knoblauch, branch relationship manager. “ATB is Alberta’s financial institution, so part of our purpose is to give back to Albertans.”
Smoking Gun Entertainment performed the murder mystery where it entertained over 200 guests. This was the first year the local ATB branch has raised money through a murder mystery.
“It was a lot of work to organize but it was so much fun,” Knoblauch said. “We raised so much money for a good cause and we’re looking to duplicate it next year.”
Last year, the local ATB branch was the top fundraising branch in Alberta at $42,500. Knoblauch stated they planned to raise $50,000 total by the end of the month.
Half the funds raised this year will go towards the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital, specifically the Youth Mental Health Lounge and the Youth Mental Health Day Program.
“Currently, we serve 300,000 people, so it’s a huge area. It’ll be nice to be able to have a more expanded service for out in the region, in our city,” said Dawn Miller, senior development officer with the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital Foundation. “If we’re able to help them when they’re youth, we have a far better outcome as they become an adult.”
The remaining half will go towards the new Stollery Children’s Mental Health Hospital in Edmonton and Children’s Mental Health at the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary.
Knoblauch noted how one in five children struggle with mental-health issues.
“With the statistics that we do have, only half can get access to the help they need,” she said. “ATB wants to help change that and so that’s why we’re doing the partnership with the Grande Prairie [Regional] Hospital Foundation and getting that Youth Mental Health Lounge going at the new hospital.”