2013 Foundation Ball Highlights

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<p>The nineteenth annual Wilson Memorial Hospital Foundation Ball took place Saturday evening at the Piqua Country Club and netted nearly $40,000 for Wilson Memorial Hospital Foundation&rsquo;s general endowment fund.&nbsp;There were over 140 guests in attendance for the evening&rsquo;s festivities.&nbsp;</p>
<p>The d&eacute;cor of the Piqua Country Club was a beautiful contrast of black and white in a variety of geometric shapes.&nbsp;The ambiance was further enhanced with striking floral arrangements, crystal, mirrors, &nbsp;and candlelight.&nbsp;A black and white Murano glass letter opener incorporated into the tablescape was the favor for attendees.<span style="font-size: 14pt">&nbsp;</span></p>
<p>Guests enjoyed a variety of hot and cold hors d&rsquo;oeuvres followed by a dinner selection of tantalizing entrees including: New York strip steak; Mediterranean baked haddock with tomatoes, capers and black olives; grilled bone-in pork chop; or a stuffed eggplant filled with quinoa, goat cheese, mushrooms and onions as the vegetarian option. A lemon cheesecake with red raspberries and sauce will be offered for dessert.</p>
<p>Bonnie Faulkner, executive director of the Wilson Memorial Hospital Foundation welcomed guests to the charity event.&nbsp;&ldquo;The gifts of your time and resources are vitally important to the future of Wilson Memorial.&nbsp;I am reminded daily as I walk through the hallways just how important Wilson is to our community.&nbsp;Seldom does a week go by that someone doesn&rsquo;t express to me their appreciation of the hospital and the care that either they or a loved one received. &ldquo;</p>
<p>Since 1994, the annual foundation ball has been one of the primary friend and fundraisers for Wilson Memorial.&nbsp;Including the revenue from this evening&rsquo;s festivities, a net total of more than $531,200 has been raised for Wilson.&nbsp;Faulkner continued, &ldquo;We couldn&rsquo;t possibly have achieved this without the help of our underwriters and all of you, our special guests, who join us each year.&rdquo;</p>
<p>Following Faulkner&rsquo;s presentation, Wilson Foundation board chair, Mike Dodds, was introduced and he shared his comments.&nbsp;&ldquo;A high quality, progressive hospital is critical to the growth and success of our community.&nbsp;Young families are concerned about the quality of life in their community.&nbsp;&nbsp; Wilson Hospital adds immensely to the quality of life factor and the ability to attract new residents to our area.&rdquo;&nbsp;&nbsp; Dodds continued his accolades stating, &ldquo;Since I began serving on the foundation board in 2006, I have gained a new appreciation of the Wilson Memorial foundation board and I continue to be more and more impressed by this organization and the wonderful people who diligently work to make Wilson an exceptional medical facility.&rdquo;</p>
<p>All proceeds from the 2013 charity ball will be added to the Foundation&rsquo;s endowment fund to provide future funding to ensure that the hospital continues to maintain the high level of service and technology.&nbsp;</p>
<p>Tom Boecker, President and CEO of Wilson Memorial then offered his comments.&nbsp;&ldquo;2012 was a very successful year for Wilson.&nbsp;I want to briefly describe several ways we measure success.&nbsp;First are the financial measures.&nbsp;We again were very profitable.&nbsp;Our profitability allows us to keep up with technology.&nbsp;Last year we spent over $7 million just to meet the government&rsquo;s requirements on electronic medical records. &ldquo;Boecker continued, &ldquo;Even more important than financial is quality.&nbsp;We measure quality through many indicators.&nbsp;In 2012 we continue to meet and, in many cases, exceed national benchmark standards.&rdquo;&nbsp;He explained further, &ldquo;Another measure is commitment.&nbsp;I can tell you we are committed to our customers&rsquo; needs and expectations.&nbsp;Several recent new services to better meet our customers&rsquo; needs are the Cardiac Cath and Interventional lab, the Urgent Care Clinic, and the Coumadin Clinic.&rdquo;</p>
<p>Following dinner, guests enjoyed music for all types of dancing provided by DJ Tony Brown.&nbsp;They also had the opportunity to participate in a raffle for a variety of outstanding prizes, bid on silent auction items, and purchase &ldquo;sparkling diamond&rdquo; rings to win two $1,000 gift certificates from Harris Jeweler.</p>
<p>Winners of this year&rsquo;s raffle prizes include:&nbsp;Vance and Linda Stewart &ndash; four &nbsp;tickets to DreamGirls at the Schuster courtesy of Russ and Rene Gottemoeller; Tom &amp; Mardie Milligan &ndash; one week in a condominium anywhere in the world at a Resort Condominiums International (RCI) affiliate provided by the Wilson Memorial Hospital Foundation; David Andrick and Cyndy Emerson &ndash; a Pamper Yourself gift basket containing gift certificates from Arabella, Pro Nails and Harmony Farms; Tom and Sandy Boecker &ndash; a gift basket courtesy of Kathy Nichols containing a variety of specialty items; and a gift certificate for a one-hour consultation by Interior Motifs went to Roger and Lesley McKinstry courtesy of Jamie Metzger.</p>
<p>Harry Faulkner and Bonnie Faulkner and Jim and Tonya Thieman were the lucky winners of the $1,000 gift certificates from Harris Jeweler.&nbsp;</p>
<p>Successful bidders in the silent auction were:&nbsp;Mitch Kastein &ndash; Bart Starr photo and autograph; 2013 UC Bearcats autographed team basketball &ndash; Chad Sollmann; Tom Izzo autographed basketball &ndash; Craig Lannoye; Johnny Cueto autographed jersey &ndash; Carmen Bowling; Thad Matta autographed Ohio State basketball &ndash; Dennis Sollmann; Sparky Anderson autograph and photo and the Cleveland Browns Kaluka Maiava autographed football &ndash; Jeff Klingel.&nbsp;</p>
<p>Dr. Robert and Kathy McDevitt were the successful bidders for the luxury suite for twenty at an April Dayton Dragons home game.&nbsp;They also secured the Roe Limo Service&nbsp;owned by&nbsp;Robert &amp; Jodell Roe will provide luxury transportation for up to eighteen people within a sixty-five mile radius of Sidney.&nbsp;Herschel Roe will be the chauffeur for up to six hours and fuel will be provided by Beth and Shane Roe.&nbsp;</p>
<p>Corporate underwriters for the 2013 event include: Airstream; Amos Press, Walt and Carol Bennett; Blue &amp; Co.; Continental Express; Dale Peterson &amp; Associates; Dickman Supply; Edward D. Jones &ndash; Vance and Linda Stewart; Elsass, Wallace, Evans and Schnelle; Emerson Climate Technologies; Harry and Bonnie Faulkner; Ferguson Construction Company; Freshway Foods; Honda of America Mfg., Inc.; Peoples Federal; Ruese Insurance; Sidney Tool &amp; Die; Sollmann Electric; and US Bank.</p>
<p>The 2013 Foundation ball committee included: Scarlet Francis, Amy Gleason, Rhonda Keister, Melissa McDonald, Beth Roe, Linda Stewart and Kiera Sullivan.</p>
<p>The next Wilson Foundation Charity Ball will take place on March 15, 2014.&nbsp;For information about making a donation to Wilson Hospital or to be added to the mailing list for next year&rsquo;s ball, call the Wilson Foundation at (937) 498-5575 or visit <a href="http://www.wilsonhospitalfoundation.com/">www.wilsonhospitalfoundation.c...
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