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Auction close to $100,000 raised for OSMH mental health services

“The auction helps provide better care and raises voices in our community,” says OSMH Foundation Community Engagement Manager

Angie Green-Hill continues her mission to raise funds for mental health services at the Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital (OSMH).

The Sixth Annual Green-Hill Facebook Auctions begins May 14 at 2 p.m. and ends May 21 at 2 p.m. The event has raised a total of $75,000 over the years, and Green-Hill hopes to raise an additional $25,000 this year.

“It would be amazing to reach that level,” she said. “But it’s all about the community and I can’t do this without everyone’s help.”

Green-Hill launched the event as a way to support OSMH mental health services; she credits the hospital staff for saving her life during a dark time in her life.

“I think there are a lot of people in the community who are hurting right now from having been locked down for the past two years,” she said. “I think this event is more important than ever.”

Green-Hill isn’t sure what to expect this year in terms of community support once the auction officially opens, but she hopes there will be plenty of bidders.

Northern Birch Boutique and KC’s Upscale Garage Sale stepped up this year to be the main sponsors of the event by donating several items. Green-Hill also tagged six new businesses this year that offered items such as gift cards for auction.

“We have a lot of men’s items this year,” Green-Hill said. “We hope to have a lot of commitment from the men.”

If Green-Hill’s auction exceeds a total of $100,000 in funds raised this year, it could withdraw the auction from moving forward.

“It’s a lot of work for my whole family,” she says. “I would hate to stop this because you can never give too much to sanity.”

Last year, Green-Hill dedicated the auction to his brother-in-law, Trevor Gill, who committed suicide in January 2021. This year, Green-Hill is dedicating the event to anyone who has faced or face difficulties caused by the pandemic.

Hunter Markle, an OSMH Foundation community engagement manager, says the hospital is amazed by Green-Hill’s efforts.

“Angie wants this to be more than just a sanity auction,” Markle explained. “She wants it to be a space for people who have personally dealt with mental health or have family members who have experienced it.”

Markle says the impact of the auction is felt far beyond monetary donations.

“Angie gives voice to other people who might not be able to talk about such a difficult topic,” she said. “The auction helps provide better care and raises voices in our community.”

For more information about the auction, click on here.

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