Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN


April 11, 2011

The Stars Come Out for Hospital Foundation Event

Greensburg — COLUMBUS - Joan Rivers and the paparazzi greeted guests, while Johnny Depp and Marilyn Monroe completed the trio of impersonators who were intertwined with a variety of entertainment at Friday night's Hospital Foundation Gala. The annual event raised nearly $37,000 for the Hospital Foundation.

With a theme of "Hollywood & Vine Lights, Camera, Auction," supporters of Decatur County Memorial Hospital gathered at the Crystal Ballroom in Columbus for a meal, silent auction by cell phone and some surprises including a "wait staff" that proved to be the a capella group "Out of the Dawg House" from Butler University. ÊThe popular group even became a part of the auction when a "private concert" with the group was auctioned live by volunteer auctioneer, Steve Fortner.

According to Foundation Director David Fry, "We're the area's only black-tie optional event and we try to provide a diverse evening of activities. That includes finding a unique location that provides a special ambience and sufficient space to host features such as caricaturists, a photo booth and other events like the silent auction."

This year's event also featured an additional fundraising activity, titled "Reel Money," in which attendees could purchase random Hollywood DVD's, all of which contained additional bonuses ranging from $1 to $500. ÊPeggy Nieman was this year's lucky recipient of the top prize in that activity.

During the event, recently named CEO, Linda Simmons, was also able to comment on her vision for DCMH in the future. ÊShe thanked and reminded the audience of the importance of the community's support for the facility and noted that "you have a real gem in this Hospital" and that being familiar with similar sized Hospital's across the country, her perspective is that DCMH is "far ahead of many of them." The breadth of programs she noted, is impressive and the base on which to advance into the future.

In summarizing the event Fry stated, "We can't thank our sponsors enough, most importantly Arbor Grove Village, Duke Energy, Enhanced Telecommunications, Collection Associates, First Financial Bank, and Hickory Creek at Greensburg." He also noted that while such an event is a huge undertaking it would not be possible without the assistance of both staff and volunteers that dedicate long hours to the project."

The event committee was chaired by Nancy Sheffer and the late Del Moeller and included Janet Alloy, Holly Cole, Ken Dornich, Brack Rayles, Ana Alunday, ÊSally Robbins, Lori Hunter, Cindy McCamment, Carol Geise, Jean Long, Bryan Robbins, Jeanine Scheidler, Pete & Betty Zillick and Dianna Iozzo.

Fry said the funds raised through the event will be used to support program and equipment needs of the Hospital. ÊHe also stated that the event committee will be meeting on Wednesday to evaluate this year's offering and begin initial planning for a potential event to be held on Friday, April 13, 2012. ÊAnyone interested in giving input is encouraged to contact Fry at 663-1220 or one of the committee members.

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