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Manchester Memorial’s Masquerade Ball A Success

The Memorial Hospital Foundation held its 6th Annual Gala on 12th October 2016 at Clay County High School (CCHS), to raise money for their OB unit renovation project called ‘Labor of Love’.

The Memorial Hospital Foundation was created to raise funds for capital projects within the hospital and other projects in the community. The theme of the gala this year was ‘Masquerade Ball’ and everyone was encouraged to dress formally.

The festivities were opened up by Erika Skula, President/CEO of Manchester Memorial Hospital, who welcomed the guests, and spoke about the importance of OB renovation at the hospital and what the hospital meant to this community. She was followed by Chaplain Mark Bondarenko, who did the prayer. The Clay County High School’s TIGER Troupe presented a murder mystery through dinner, with interactive scenes with the audience, which was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

The meal was catered by the hospital’s own Chef Terry Crist and was a fare to be raved about for days! Guests were able to participate in many ways this year. A photographer was on-site to take pictures of people dressed in their best and there was a silent auction with plenty of interesting items, such as UK basketball tickets, a table worked on by Chad’s Hope, personal training sessions at the local gym and many other things.

A memorial table was also set up for the late Dr. Patricia Burke, and after the closing remarks by Erika Skula, Dr. Burke’s mother said a few words celebrating Dr. Burke’s life and ended the program with a song.

A sincere thanks goes out to all our generous sponsors this year:

  • The Burke Family
  • Operation UNITE
  • Air Evac
  • Clay County Public Schools
  • Printing Duplicating Solution
  • Erika and Joe Skula
  • Senate President Robert Stivers
  • Theracare Inc.
  • Hudson carpets
  • Phillips Diversified
  • Tim Shorts Motors
  • Morgan’s Professional Pharmacy
  • Mrs. Jewell Stivers
  • H&N Drugs
  • Happily Ever After
  • EKU Manchester Campus
  • First National Bank of Manchester
  • Dr. Neeraj Mahboob
  • Dr. Sam Vorkpor
  • Bruce House
  • Alexander & Associates
  • City of Manchester


The Memorial Hospital Foundation would also like to extend a warm thanks to all the staff who volunteered at the event.


*published in the Manchester Enterprise