The Fayette County Memorial Hospital (FCMH) Foundation held its Winter Wonderland Fundraising Gala on Saturday evening with a large crowd in attendance.
The evening began with a cocktail social hour as one of two pianists, Leo and Paula Metzger, played a baby grand piano at the Mahan Building on the Fayette County fairgrounds. Patrons had the opportunity to bid on silent auction items and purchase a raffle ticket for a 2015 Generac 22KW or $4,000. Cynthia Morris, DO and medical director of the Women’s Wellness Center, and Michael Barrow, MD and associate professor of radiology at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, held presentations. FCMH Foundation officers, board members, county commissioners and many other guests attended the event.
Dinner began at 7 p.m. and was catered by The Willow and included an Italian Crunch salad, a beef filet, grilled chicken, baby red potatoes, green beans and a dinner roll for the main meal and an assorted desserts buffet. After dinner, Dan Roberts, a foundation board member, presented “Capturing the Essence” and Nick Cummings, auctioneer, led the live auction. Silent auction winners were announced at 8:30 p.m. and D.J. Charlie McCoy entertained the crowd as they were “Dancing the Night Away!”
“From what I am hearing from guests, it was nothing but positive,” Chelsie Hornsby, director of business development at FCMH, said. “The Gala is a great fundraiser for the Foundation, but in addition it is a great time for the entire community. We sold 220 tickets for the event. Last year, our event was dubbed the ‘Social event of the Year’ and I think that the Gala held true to that this year.”
Hornsby thanked the businesses and individuals who helped to sponsor the event. The sponsors for the event were: entertainment sponsors, Court House Manor/St. Catherine’s Manor and Merchants National Bank; and additional sponsors, Vanessa Blevins, CPA, Carrol Halliday, Inc., Chiropractic Health & Wellness Center, First State Bank, Gusweiler, Herron Financial Group, Junk & Junk Attorneys, Kirkpatrick Funeral Home, Lewis & Langley Realty, Mayer Farm Equipment, McDonald’s of Fayette County, Medflight, Mr. and Mrs. Don Melvin, Cynthia Morris, DO, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Robert Pickering, MD, Ratliff Farms, Seed Consultants, Rita Storts, CNP, Signature Healthcare of Fayette County, William Stevenson, MD, Mr. and Mrs. Jason Waters, WVNU, Anderson Equipment, Back-En-Thyme Flower & Gift Shop, BB Riverboats, Robin Benson, Bonnie Hall, Buckeye Hills Country Club, Jenn Burnett, Candle-lite, Faith Cottrill, Dr. Mary Jo Kerns, Dr. Pickering, Kathy Dean, Susan Eckles, Everday Chic Boutique, FCMH Board of Trustees, FCMH EMS, Fairfield Inn, Fayette County Agriculture Society, Fayette Pharmacy, Fayette Travel Centre, Four Seasons of Washington, Fox Jewelers, Lynn Foy, Gold Standard Cleaning, Christy Gustin, JD Equipment, Hartley Oil, Heidi Jenks, Le Ella Lanes, Carla Melvin, Doug Marine, Mayer Farm Equipment, Mitch Kirby, Norma Kirby, PhD, Diana Kirkpatrick, Todd Kirkpatrick, Joan K. Morris, Parrett Insurance Agency, Pamela Langley-Pittel, Shirley Pettit, Pettit Enterprises Inc, Practical Wellness, Pure Addiction, Quali-Tee/Craig’s Shoes & Sports, Rachel House Catering, Dan Roberts, Robin’s Nest Flowers & Gift, Sarah Thompson Orthodontics, Serene Spaces, Barb Seville, Jeff Shaw, Travis Shaw, Summer Breeze, Streetside 62, The Rusty Keg Tavern, The Linen Closet/W&W Dry Cleaners, Trends, Universal Dermatology, Valero, Rent-2-Own, WVNU, Xanterra and the YMCA.
“Thank you to all who sponsored and helped support the Gala on Saturday and (FCMH) all year long,” Hornsby said. “Without them none of this would be possible and we cannot thank them enough. With the funds we raise we always look to our biggest need and since the opening of the Women’s Wellness Center, we are putting this money to help pay for an Ultrasound Machine. We are already looking forward to next year.”
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