Greensburg Daily News
More than 400 people attended the Hospital Foundation of Decatur County’s Annual Gala Friday evening, held at The Commons at Columbus.
With a theme of “Tuscany at Twilight,” the event featured a variety of entertainment and seemed to live up to its advanced billing as “the social event of the season.” The Gala raised over $47,000 in support of future grants to be awarded to Decatur County Memorial Hospital by the Hospital Foundation.
“The attendance at the event represented a 10% increase over last year and speaks to the growing support that exists for our Foundation, the Hospital and its important work in our community,” said Hospital Foundation Director David Fry. “We also attribute the event’s success to its diverse offerings, providing a unique alternative to others.”
The event is the area’s only black-tie optional affair and in 2013, as in previous years, it offered a variety of entertainment and activity, including A Capella group, “The Cheezies” from Miami University; Lion Fludd, a “strolling” magician from Louisville; Accordionist Dave Wierhake; and contests such as Vinko, Drop the Cork and a “Pick of the Vine” activity.
In addition, the silent auction featured dozens of items. One section, “Tuscan Treasures,” featured creatively decorated wine bottles submitted by Hospital departments and offered for sale. The night’s only live auction item drew a $2,000 final bid. The “Pirate Pride Package” included a number of unique items relating to the Greensburg Pirates State Championship run.
Fry thanked those area businesses who stepped up to sponsor the event in a major way. Included were the event’s Gold Sponsor: Aspen Place Health Campus; Silver Sponsor: Hickory Creek at Greensburg; and Bronze Sponsors: Arbor Grove Village, MainSource Bank, Enneking Auto Body, Pepper Construction, Barnes & Thornburg, Wooden & McLaughlin, ETC and Fifth Third Bank.
The event steering committee was chaired by Nancy Sheffer and included, Ana Alunday, Lori Hunter, Cindy McCamment, Carol Geise, Erin Allen, Jean Long, Bryan Robbins, Jim Hobbs III, Holly Cole, Cheryl Johnson, Jeanine Scheidler, Alex Henkle, Sarah Jordan, Shannon Allgeier, Betty Zillick and Vicki Rudolf.
Fry stated that the Gala steering committee will meet Thursday to evaluate this year’s offering and begin initial planning for a potential event to be held Friday, April 11, 2014. Anyone interested in giving input is encouraged to contact Fry at 663-1220 or one of the committee members.