A Night in the Caribbean Benefits Wilson Foundation

Friday, March 11, 2011 - 7:00pm

The seventeenth annual Wilson Memorial Hospital Foundation Ball took place Saturday evening at the Piqua Country Club. There were 141 guests in attendance for the evening’s festivities.

“A Night in the Caribbean” was selected as the theme for this year’s charity event – a welcome change from the snows of winter. The Piqua Country Club was transformed into a tropical resort complete with pirate ship, lighted palm trees, pink flamingos and a tiki bar. Exotic floral arrangements made a lovely contribution to the décor and each of the coral and teal clothed tables were enhanced by variety of centerpieces accented with candles, seashells, and mini-beach scenes. 

This year’s menu offered an assortment of hot and cold hors d’oeuvres and a margarita bar in keeping with the Caribbean theme. Guests enjoyed a selection of entrees including: spice-rubbed filet with rum chili glazed shrimp on a skewer; grouper with mango salsa on the side; lamb chops with lime, garlic and oregano mojo; and portabella and vegetable strudel served over spicy tomato sauce. Refreshing key lime pie was served for dessert.

Bonnie Faulkner, executive director of the Wilson Memorial Hospital Foundation welcomed guests to the charity event. “Thank you so much for joining us this evening. The gifts of your time and resources are invaluable to the future of Wilson Memorial. The Wilson Foundation has been and continues to be the avenue through which donations and bequests provide additional financial support for our Hospital. I am reminded daily as I walk through the hallways just how vitally important Wilson Memorial is to our community. The current economy makes the need for the Foundation’s fundraising activities even more necessary.”

Following Faulkner’s presentation, Wilson Foundation board chair, Ken Monnier, was introduced and he shared his comments. “Wilson Memorial Hospital is very fortunate to have the endowed strength and backing of so many generous donors and supporters that comprise the Wilson Foundation family. Via planned giving and other fundraising mechanisms, the Foundation is pivotal in the ongoing strength, technological robustness, and quality care that are reflective in all aspects of Wilson’s operation.   As a community, we can be very proud of the staff, physicians, medical professionals, volunteers, and leadership team that are the life-force of our outstanding community hospital.  Many thanks to all of our friends who have continued their generous support for the Wilson Foundation through the years.”

All proceeds from the 2011 Charity Ball will be added to the Foundation’s endowment fund to provide future funding to ensure that the hospital continues to maintain the high level of service and technology. Over $431,200 has been raised through the annual gala event, since it was first established in 1994.

Tom Boecker, President and CEO of Wilson Memorial then offered his comments. “2010 on all accounts was a very good year for WMH. In some ways it may have been the best year we ever had. It is the end result of many individual’s collective efforts. 

Following dinner, guests enjoyed music for all types of dancing provided by DJ Tony Brown. They also had the opportunity to participate in a raffle for a variety of outstanding prizes, bid on silent auction items, and purchase colorful maracas to win a $1,000 gift certificate from the Elizabeth Diamond Company.

Winners of this year’s raffle prizes include: Craig Lannoye – four tickets to the Ohio State vs. Akron game donated by Dr. Robert and Ollie Anthony; Margo O’Leary – one week in a condominium anywhere in the world at a Resort Condominiums International (RCI) affiliate provided by the Wilson Memorial Hospital Foundation; Clara Keister – a 1 carat total weight tennis bracelet courtesy of Kathy Nichols; Dr. Eric Newman – four one-day hopper passes for Disney courtesy of Disney; and a gift certificate for LaPiazza donated by Dan and Peg Chamberlin went to Bill Thomas. Julie Covault and Margo O’Leary will share the Elizabeth Diamond Company $1,000 gift certificate.

Successful bidders in the silent auction were: Dr. Brent Bamberger – Johnny Cueto Autographed 8 x 10 photo; Bill Covault - Johnny Cueto Autographed Reds Hat; Dr. Brent Bamberger - Jared Sullinger Autographed Basketball; Tom Boecker - UC Bearcats Cincinnati Team Autographed Basketball; and Dr. Matt Heckler - the luxury suite for a Dayton Dragons home game. 

Corporate underwriters for the 2011 event include: Airstream; Amos Press, Walt and Carol Bennett; Blue & Co.; Continental Express; Dale Peterson & Associates; Edward D. Jones – Vance and Linda Stewart; Elsass, Wallace, Evans and Schnelle; Emerson Climate Technologies; Ferguson Construction Company; Freshway Foods; Harry and Bonnie Faulkner; Hartland & Co.; Minster Bank; Peoples Federal; Ruese Insurance; Sidney Tool & Die; and US Bank.

The 2011 Foundation ball committee included: Ollie Anthony, Mary Lou Francis, Amy Gleason, Rene Gottemoeller, Rhonda Keister, Melissa McDonald and Beth Roe.

The next Wilson Foundation Charity Ball will take place on March 10, 2012.