The Monroe County Health Care Foundation’s third annual Vegas night was a success! We wanted to ‘wow’ our guests—sustain and build the momentum from the last two years, increase awareness of the Foundation, and raise a total of $25,000 to purchase a central cardiac/telemetry monitor for our Emergency Department. At this time, we have raised over $32,000.00; after expenses, we are able to put $22,000.00 toward this purchase.
Jan Starcevic and Robin Haselhuhn again transformed the Country Club into a full service casino with lights, decorations, and servers providing excellent food and drinks. Great food was provided by the China Inn, 165th Street Bistro at MCHC, and Sysco Iowa Food Services. Drinks were provided by Hy-Vee, Snack Express, and Albia Brewing Co. Desserts were courtesy of Goodest Cupcakes. Greg Paris, MCHC CEO and Jason Summers, MCHC Foundation board member, opened the ceremonies with a connect to purpose message and kept the fun going all night.
Attendees enjoyed Vegas-type games, a prize wheel, and plinco provided by the Adel Kiwanis Club; Live entertainment was provided by Albia High School Senior Zeke Murphy on saxophone, soloist Phyllis Boyer, and Jan Berner on piano. Tom Williamson brought Elvis to the stage leaving the audience wanting more. Diana Upton Hill of Bloomfield finished off the evening singing her renditions of Patsy Cline and Dolly Parton. Items donated by sponsors were used in Let’s Make a Deal’, silent auction, raffle, and the night concluded with a live auction by Reed Auction Company.
Thank you to the many sponsors and donors who made a contribution of money or auction items. Thank you to the volunteers who helped plan the event, decorate, and volunteered during the evening. Without each of you, this event would not have been a success. With this central cardiac/telemetry monitor, MCHC is better positioned to reach its vision to be the Safest Hospital in America and to better care for our community.