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Foundation gala to focus on ‘greatest needs’

By Staff | Jan 24, 2020

Submitted photo Gallows Motorcycle Club member and Heart of America Medical Center employee Kim Skar (center) presents a check for $1,000 for the Good Samaritan Health Services Foundation's Cancer Patient Care Fund. Pictured accepting the check are Foundation Vice President Lynda Childress (left) and Karen Drader, HAMC chemo/infusion coordinator. Over the past few years and including matching funds, the Gallows Club has donated $6,000 to HAMC in support of cancer care and prevention.

A long-standing event in the Rugby community is undergoing some changes.

This year the Good Samaritan Health Services Foundation will hold its first Greatest Needs Gala, which makes changes to the Creations Auction that has preceded it for the past two decades.

According to GSHS Foundation Coordinator Cathy Jelsing, the gala will have similar events and structures to the Creations Auction that preceded it, however the focus has changed.

“We follow a lot of tradition, but we’re changing it up this year,” said Jelsing.

The event is slated for Friday, April 3, at the Rugby Eagles Club, with a social hour starting at 5:30 p.m. The event will also include a three-entree dinner, a live auction, a prize raffle and bag bidding. Tickets for the event will go on sale Feb. 12 on the Heart of America Medical Center’s website and in the GSHS Foundation’s office at a price of $40 apiece.

According to Jelsing, the biggest decisions the Foundation made to the event was to change the focus of the event, and to which part to focus on this year. The Creations Auction has raised money for HAMC’s Hospice program, however this year the Greatest Needs Gala will expand the focus to departments and services that make up the Good Samaritan Hospital Association. This year, funds raised will go toward the Cancer Patient Care Fund – a fund that was established in 2017 and is designed to lessen financial burdens for area cancer patients and/or cancer patients receiving treatment at HAMC.

(Donations to Hospice will “always” be encouraged by the Foundation, according to a fact sheet, and the program could be the focus of a future gala.)

“The reason we did that is not that Hospice doesn’t need donations from peoplebut because of the amount of time and effort it takes to put on an event like that and the Foundation serves all of [the] Heart of America Medical Center, the clinics, the Care Center, Haaland Estates. Because we do all of that, we felt it was important to spread out the fundraising arm to each, all of those things.

“The best gift you can give to any foundation, and certainly to our hospital foundation, is to say, ‘I’m giving to your greatest need, you decided where you need it,'” said Jelsing.

Jelsing said the Cancer Patient Care Fund recently received a $1,000 donation from the Gallows Motorcycle Club, and anyone can donate to it at any point.

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