Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Celebrating the big 5-0

St. Luke’s Winter Gala helps save lives


    The annual St. Luke’s Winter Gala will celebrate its 50th anniversary on Saturday, Dec. 14, in the Limelight Room at the Sun Valley Inn.
    The first such gala was hosted by the Moritz Community Hospital Auxiliary in 1963 and benefited the Moritz hospital. It was one of the very first fundraising events to occur in the Wood River Valley.
    Over the years, there have been many themes for the event, including Snowflake Ball, Night of the Nutcracker, a French-themed Bal de Noel and a Shakespearean Christmas Feast.
    The black-tie event has long been an essential fundraiser for the hospital. In 2000, when St. Luke’s opened its doors, the same auxiliary accompanied them at the new hospital.
    Some of the things philanthropy has recently supported include the new St. Luke’s Mental Health Clinic; Women’s Imaging Center; the ER endowment, which enables St. Luke’s to continue to have board-certified emergency physicians in the emergency room; and the pediatrics endowment, which has re-introduced pediatric services into the valley.
    This year’s Winter Gala will offer cocktails, a gourmet three-course dinner, a Visa gift card raffle, and dancing to the music of Marmalade Hill. Cocktail hour begins at 6 p.m., followed by a 7 p.m. dinner.
    “It’s the time of year to celebrate with your fellow community members and support a great cause,” said Winter Gala event Chair Penny Weiss. “The Volunteer Board is thrilled that we can help raise money to help meet our community health needs. We are so fortunate to have this world-class hospital right here in our own community. It’s going to take community support to ensure we have it well into the future.”
    Tickets are $175 per person and sponsorships are still available. To purchase tickets or for more information, call 727-8406.

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