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Over $22,000 raised at hospital foundation gala in Imperial PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wauneta Breeze   
Friday, 18 March 2016 16:42

Sam Sims performs a “blues” number with comidian David Ferrell during the Chase County Hospital Foundation’s “Throw in the Green for a Mammography Machine” Gala last Saturday night. (Sheri Hink-Wagner | Johnson Publications)

By Sheri Hink-Wagner

The Wauneta Breeze

The Chase County Hospital Foundation’s first gala was a big success. The event, held last Saturday night, had nearly 140 attendees and raised over $22,300.

“The response has been very positive,” said event organizer Deb Hrcka, who also serves as the foundation’s assistant executive director. “Attendees had a great time and they want us to do it again.”

The gala, “Throw in the Green for a Mammography Machine,” began with a social hour, followed by dinner  and a comedian/keynote speaker.

David Ferrell provided the evening’s entertainment. Ferrell is a multi-year nominee for Comedian of the Year by the Inspirational Country Music Awards, can be heard on Sirius XM radio’s “Laugh USA” and has been named one of the top “Hot
Acts in America” by Event Solutions Magazine.

During his time on stage Ferrell interacted with the audience. He closed his show with a blues duet about the importance of the hospital with Sam Sims, a Nurse CRNA at Chase County Community Hospital.

The evening also featured photo opportunities for attendees. Rand and Peggy Levy volunteered their photography services and raised $330 for the foundation.

Attendees had the chance to take home some cash of their own with the “split the pot” fundraiser. Individuals who joined in the fundraiser had the chance to win half the “pot” if their number was drawn. Char Wallin’s number was drawn for half of the $1,360 pot. Wallin declined her winnings, instead giving them back to the Foundation.

Night Sounds, operated by Jason Kimble, donated the sound system used at the event.

The food was catered by Super Foods of Imperial and Kristi’s Country Bouquets of Amherst provided decorations. The Beverage Barn provided a cash bar at the event.

Funds raised at the gala will be used to purchase a new 3D digital mammography machine. The present machine expires next December, meaning that new parts and insurance cannot be acquired.

Steve Lewis, executive director of the Foundation and CCCH CEO, said a new machine can cost between $300,000 and $436,000.

Hrcka said the exact price is unknown because it is dependent on which machine is purchased, how many staff are trained to use it, yearly service fees required and currently owned parts that may be interchangeable with the new machine.

BW Telcom has issued a challenge grant to the hospital foundation and will donate $25,000 towards the purchase if the foundation can raise $50,000 by Nov. 1.

The next fundraiser planned is the annual “Slice for Life” golf tournament, which will take place June 11. Proceeds from the event will go toward purchase of the mammography machine.

At the end of the evening, Lewis thanked exiting foundation board member Linsey Foote for her service on the board from 2012 to 2015. He also thanked the many volunteers who helped make the gala a success.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 March 2016 16:46