2010 Ball Highlights

Asian Enchantment

The sixteenth annual Wilson Memorial Hospital Foundation Ball took place Saturday evening at the Piqua Country Club. There were 116 guests in attendance who celebrated Wilson Memorial Hospital’s 80th anniversary.

The theme for this year’s charity event was “Asian Enchantment.” Tables were decorated with candlelit origami and pearl centerpieces to reflect the Asian theme. This year’s event also featured Japanese Sho-jo-ji dancers costumed in authentic kimonos who performed traditional folk dances that have been enjoyed at celebrations for centuries. The Japanese dancers who are volunteers are second, third, and fourth generation from Japan and have performed for over fifty years.

This year’s menu offered sushi hors d’oeuvres and a sake bar in keeping with the Asian theme as well as a full dinner including a selection of excellent entrees.

“I appreciate each and every one of you for taking time out of your busy schedules to attend our ball this evening,” said Bonnie Faulkner, executive director of the Wilson Memorial Hospital Foundation. “We are very proud of the fact that this is Wilson Memorial’s 80th anniversary. All of us have been a part of Wilson’s 80 year history in one way or another. Thank you for your continued support of Wilson Hospital and specifically, the Wilson Foundation. Your financial support helps us to continue providing quality healthcare to the community.”

Following Faulkner’s presentation, Wilson Foundation board chair-elect, Ken Monnier, was introduced and he shared his comments. “The Wilson Foundation has been and continues to be a “helping hand” to the hospital by channeling funds for specific hospital needs,” he said. “In recent years, the Foundation has focused the majority of its fundraising efforts on building the endowment fund through planned giving by members of our community. During my time with the Foundation and with the Wilson Memorial operating board, I have learned much about this great institution and the great people; the staff, physicians, medical professionals, volunteers, and leadership team, and how vitally important the hospital is to our community.”

All proceeds from the 2010 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. “Eighty years ago generous community leaders with necessary foresight worked together so that access to healthcare services could be achieved locally. Wilson Memorial is still successfully in business today because our current community follows in their footsteps with continued foresight and generosity. Our goal is to ensure that we continue to meet the needs of patients and families and, at the same time, continue to be locally governed by Shelby County leaders. Our success is an indication of your continued support of Wilson Hospital and we can’t thank you enough.”

Following dinner, guests enjoyed entertainment provided by Swing Shift. They also had the opportunity to participate in a raffle for a variety of outstanding prizes. Winners of this year’s raffle prizes include: Rudy and Rhonda Keister – four tickets to “A Chorus Line” at the Schuster Center courtesy of Russ and Rene Gottemoeller; Dr. Fred and Lisa Haussman – four tickets to the Ohio State vs. Marshall game donated by Dale and Jane Peterson; Rudy and Rhonda Keister – one week in a condominium anywhere in the world at a Resort Condominiums International (RCI) affiliate provided by the Wilson Memorial Hospital Foundation; Dr. Bruce and Kathy Koch – a custom designed diamond necklace courtesy of Allison Custom Jewelry.

Corporate underwriters for the 2010 event include: Amos Press, Inc.; App Architecture; Walt and Carol Bennett; Blue & Co.; Continental Express, Inc.; Elsass, Wallace, Evans, Schnelle & Co., L.P.A.; Emerson Climate Technologies; Harry and Bonnie Faulkner; Ferguson Construction Co.; Freshway Foods; Bill & Miriam Fry; Heapy Engineering LLC; Ruese Insurance Agency, Inc.; Sidney Tool & Die, Inc.; and US Bank.

The 2010 Foundation ball committee included: Ollie Anthony; Mary Lou Francis, Rene Gottemoeller, Melissa McDonald, Ronnie Raible and Rhonda Keister.

The next Wilson Foundation Charity Ball will take place in the first quarter of 2011. For information about making a donation to Wilson Hospital, call the Wilson Foundation at (937) 498-5575 or visit www.wilsonhospitalfoundation.com.