Carefor Hospice Cornwall Pumpkinfest carvers battle it out

Published on October 27, 2017

Pumpkins, celebrity carvers and coin boxes made the lower level of Cornwall Square Mall a festive place during the Friday noon hour.

It was the seventh-annual Hospice Pumpkinfest, a Carefor Hospice Cornwall fundraiser.

“We’re expecting about $1,400 to $1,500 will be raised (when it’s all totalled up),” said Sandy Collette, the Carefor Hospice Cornwall fundraising co-ordinator.

It’s a fun event that each year draws spectators to the centre court area at the mall, watching carvers working on their decorative masterpieces with pumpkins.

Participants were each asked to raise a minimum of $100 in pledges, with points awarded for creativity, amount of money raised, and costume, and after 45 minutes of carving, the judges weighed in.

Mary Stewart (RBC) had her “Beauty and the Beast” presentation in the running, ultimately finishing in third spot, just behind Chris Rohde (YourTV) with his “The Boy” pumpkin.

That meant Bernard St. Pierre (Lahaie & Sullivan) was a repeat champion, with his “Canada 150 Beaver.”

But hold on just a second – it was too close to call, that battle for top spot, so it all came down to last-second donations to the change boxes at each carving station, and Rohde wound eventually emerge victorious with $136, just ahead of St. Pierre’s total.

The event attracted nine competitors.

Carefor Hospice Cornwall has a huge fundraiser coming up, Saturday, Nov. 4, the ninth-annual telethon on YourTV (Cogeco) from noon to 6 p.m.

Last year’s event raised a whopping $169,000.

“I’m hoping we can raise even more than that this time,”Collette said.

The number to call on the big day will be 613-935-7762.

The palliative care facility opened in 2009. The facility at 1507 Second St. W. provides end-of-life care in a home-like setting to residents of Cornwall, SDG and Prescott-Russell.

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