Respite area at Prince County Hospital dedicated to Ellis family

Published on March 16, 2017

Warren and Marlene Ellis, front, are joined by their son Brody, right, and his wife Katherine, second row right. Eldest son Josh Ellis and his wife Leah are shown holding their sons Henry, right and Frederick.

Supporters of the Prince County Hospital Foundation gathered Tuesday at the Summerside hospital to dedicate the facility’s “Healing Garden” to the generosity of Warren, Marlene, Josh, Brody Ellis and their families.

The garden is a respite for PCH patients, volunteers and staff alike that is maintained by the Summerside and Area Garden Club – who also had representatives on hand for the event.

Warren Ellis began his volunteer career at the PCH Foundation in 2007 and during his tenure developed Grass Roots and Cowboy Boots, an event that has raised nearly $4.2 million for medical equipment since its inception.

As the founders and a presenting sponsor of the event, the Ellis family ensures each dollar raised goes toward the purchase of medical equipment for the hospital. Whether it be the gift of a new vehicle, the absorption of nearly every cost of running the event, or the countless hours spent selling tickets all over P.E.I., the Ellis family lives and breathes Grass Roots and Cowboy Boots for much of the year.

On hand for this week’s announcement was Premier Wade MacLauchlan, as well as many friends and well wishers from PCH, the Foundation Board of Directors and all levels of government.