May 1, 2014 – The Memorial Hospital Foundation was created to raise funds for capital projects within the hospital and other projects in the community. Each year the foundation holds a gala to raise funds for a major project. This year the foundation held their 4th Annual Gala to raise money for a Nurse Call System (Rauland Responder 5). The Responder 5 promotes a healing, stress free environment by helping patients contact their nurses in real time. Calls coming from a patient can be relayed directly to the nurse’s wireless phone or pager. It also enables staff to work directly with each other, promoting higher efficiency. “100% of the funds raised goes toward the hospital. The number one goal for the fundraiser that took place was for a Nurse Call System for the hospital. They have been fundraising and applying for grants for 2 years and hopefully this year they can have this brought to our hospital,“ said Susan Burgan, Foundation Director.
The theme of the gala this year was Denim and Diamonds and everyone was encouraged to dress in denim if you want and diamonds if you got ‘em. Attendees were encouraged to bring canned goods or a gently used pair of jeans to donate to God’s Closet, a local service agency that provides assistance to at-risk families in the area. For every item donated, participants received a door prize ticket and drawings were held during the live auction.
The meal was catered by local restaurant, Thersey’s, and sponsored by Air Methods Kentucky. Several local doctors, local businesses, and even businesses from outside of town were present as they raised money for the nurse call system.
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. Available in the Silent Auction were such items as a Garmin NUVI, and Antique map of Kentucky and Tennessee, a set of linens from Dahlia Designs, the auctioneer made sure everyone was excited and interested in what was available. For the first time, the gala also had a live auction. Auctioneer Sue Wright did an excellent job with the bidding and had the crowd competing in humorous fashion. Items up for bid included an In-Home Dinner Party for 8 (prepared by the hospital’s executive chef), a Clay County High School Sports Package (valued at over $300), 4 tickets to the Lexington Dining Room on Derby Day, and an entertainment center created by Boone Forest Cabinetry.
Last, but not least, local artists The Mandobros put on a great show playing some old-time music, some current favorites and even a few of their own songs. This entertainment was sponsored by Air Evac Lifeteam.
In all, the gala raised over $29,000 for the Foundation.
*published in The Manchester Enterprise