2014 Foundation Ball

Tom Boecker, President & CEO of Wilson Memorial Hospital, smiles as he shares his comments with guests at the Wilson Memorial Hospital Foundation Ball celebrating his 40 years of service and pending retirement.
The 20th Wilson Memorial Hospital Foundation Ball took place at the Piqua Country Club and honored Tom Boecker, President & CEO of Wilson Memorial Hospital. His illustrious career at Wilson has spanned more than 40 years. 225 guests joined in the celebration.
Including the 2014 proceeds of nearly $55,700, a total net of more than $582,700 has been raised for the Wilson Memorial Hospital Foundation’s general endowment fund to provide futue funding for capital equipment and patient care needs.
Bonnie Faulkner, executive director of the Wilson Memorial Hospital Foundation, welcomed guests to the charity event. “This year is so special and, at the same time, very bittersweet! We are honoring Tom Boecker, President and CEO of Wilson Memorial Hospital, for 40 years of service and, in addition, we are celebrating his retirement. He is an extraordinary man in so many ways and I am fortunate to have been able to know and work with him.” Faulkner continued, “A successful team is a group of many hands but of one mind. Tom has forged more than 700 of us into a cohesive team and accomplished so much for Wilson Memorial.”
Faulkner then invited Dr. Robert McDevitt, general surgeon and Chief of Staff at Wilson to the podium to offer his congratulations. McDevitt shared his thoughts stating, “Tom listens carefully and thoughtfully and gives his honest opinion to any and all ideas or criticisms I offer on behalf of the physicians. In addition, he has been instrumental in recruiting almost every current medical staff member at Wilson.”
Wilson Foundation Board chair, Mike Dodds, next stepped to the podium to share his thoughts. “After joining Wilson in 1973, Tom was named CEO in 1997. As we honor him tonight, I want to share some of his career accomplishments at Wilson Memorial Hospital. They include establishing Wilson Home Health/Hospice, Wilson Care, LLC, Occupational Health Department, Copeland Emerson Family Birth Center, Sports Medicine Program, Cardiovascular cath lab, and Wilson’s Urgent Care just to name a few. Additionally, with his support and guidance, the Foundation has also made great strides including raising a total of nearly $13.5 million from 1991 to 2013 with total assets of the Foundation approaching $8 million.”
In closing, Dodds said, “Even though Tom will be retiring, he has left a solid base for future growth at Wilson Memorial Hospital. Already, plans have been developed for a major addition to the hospital. I am sure that all who are involved will want to continue the visionary legacy that Tom shared with Wilson.”
Ken Monnier, Chair of the Wilson Hospital Board of Trustees, was introduced and took his place at the podium. Monnier addressed his comments directly to Boecker stating, “Tom, many physical expansions, service line additions, and technology upgrades over the past number of years at Wilson have been successfully completed under your leadership and guidance. However, your greatest contribution has been the creation of a strong and passionate culture of excellence that reflects the very fabric that is Wilson Memorial Hospital. Thanks to your unique individuality as a coach, a mentor and caring leader, Wilson is a far better place, given the tremendous love and passion you have poured forth over these 40 years of service, and for this, we owe you a great debt of gratitude.”
At the conclusion of his remarks, Monnier invited Tom and Sandy Boecker to join him at the podium where he offered a champagne toast and presented Mrs. Boecker with a bouquet of red roses.

Tom Boecker, President and CEO of Wilson Memorial then offered his perspective beginning with expressions of appreciation to guests, including his family and many members of the Wilson Hospital staff, for their attendance. “Everyone here tonight has played a significant role in the success of Wilson Hospital—physicians, employees, board members, auxiliary members, and community-at-large. This will be my last ball as CEO of Wilson. Sandy and I will, however, continue to attend as a community supporter as you all have done for so many years. I have reflected on my career at Wilson and feel somehow I was destined to be here. Sandy and I together have been part of Wilson’s team for over 68 years!!!” Boecker continued, “When you’re part of an organization for 40 plus years, the staff is much more than fellow employees; they are your extended family. I will miss them.” In closing, Boecker said, “We will continue to need Wilson, as will everyone in the Shelby County region. We know Wilson will continue to be a strong independent hospital capable of offering compassionate and expert care to our community.”

Following dinner, guests enjoyed music for all types of dancing provided by DJ Tony Brown. Guests received a framed professional photo by Picture Perfect Photo & Design as a memento of the evening.
Stan Evans was the successful bidder for the luxury suite for 20 at an April Dayton Dragon’s home game. Dale Peterson placed the winning bid for a week in a Hilton Head Island Villa at the Westin Resort accommodating up to six guests with free golf daily for four golfers.
The ultimate OSU fan package including two tickets for the OSU vs. Kent State game and OSU apparel for men and women went to Darrell Marshall. Harry Faulkner outbid many other basketball fans to secure four tickets and parking pass for the Pacers vs. Thunder game Sunday, April 13 – courtesy of Todd Taylor – Indiana Pacers.
Four hours of professional DJ service donated by Tony Brown went to Shane Roe and Cyndy Emerson had the winning bid for Minster Bank’s Complete K-Cup brewing system, mugs, and supplies.
Successful bidders in the silent auction for sports memorabilia donated by Staedtler Brothers were: Dan Bensman - Johnny Cueto autographed baseball; Jason Stiver - Marvin Lewis autographed mini-helmet. Those who outbid their competitors for a framed photo with autograph were: Tom Milligan - Joe DeMaggio; Jeff Klingel - George Foster; Brad Sullivan - Marty Brenemann; Matt Heckler - Bill Mazeroski; Tony Brown - Willie Stargell.
Kathy McDevitt and Jennifer Hale were the lucky winners of the $2,000 gift certificates from Harris Jeweler.

Winners of this year’s raffle prizes include: Dr. Rabindra Kitchener - two tickets to Memphis at the Schuster courtesy of Vance and Linda Stewart; Tom Milligan - one week in a condominium anywhere in the world at a Resort Condominiums International (RCI) affiliate provided by the Wilson Memorial Hospital Foundation; Mike Dodds - $2,000 travel gift certificate courtesy of AAA Shelby County; Michelle Mead - $200 Picture Perfect Photo Gift Certificate donated by Picture Perfect Photo & Design; Rick Schulte - two Grand Patron tickets to the 2015 Wilson Foundation Ball; Rhonda Keister - a gift basket courtesy of Kathy Nichols containing a variety of specialty items; Bill Thomas - four “one-day hopper” passes courtesy of Walt Disney World. The final raffle prizes went to Jessica Fortkamp - $100 Gift Certificate from Michael Anthony’s at the Inn; and the winner of Money Concepts Automatic Millionaire gift basket was Carole Crosley.

Corporate and individual underwriters for the 2014 event include: Airstream; Drs. Joseph and Nkoli Anigbogu; App Architecture, Area Energy; Doug and Sara Barhorst, Walt and Carol Bennett; Blue & Co.; Bruce and Judi Boyd; Continental Express; Dale Peterson & Associates; Dickman Supply; Edward D. Jones – Vance and Linda Stewart; Elsass, Wallace, Evans and Schnelle; Emerson Climate Technologies; Faulkner, Garmhausen, Keister & Shenk; Harry and Bonnie Faulkner; Ferguson Construction Company; Francis Manufacturing Company; Freshway Foods; Hartland & Co.; Heapy Engineering; Honda of America Mfg., Inc.; McCrate-Delaet; Tom and Nancy Middleton; Tom and Martha Milligan; Peoples Federal; Plastipak Packaging; Premier Physician Services; Ruese Insurance; Ken & Brenda Schlater; Sidney Tool & Die; Sollmann Electric; US Bank; Tom and Judy Westerheide.
This year the Foundation ball committee includes: Scarlet Francis, Rhonda Keister, Melissa McDonald, Beth Roe, Jackie Simpson; Linda Stewart and Kiera Sullivan.
The next Wilson Foundation Charity Ball will take place on March 14, 2015. For information about making a donation to Wilson Hospital or to be added to the mailing list for next year’s ball, call the Wilson Foundation at (937) 498-5575 or visit www.wilsonhospitalfoundation.com.