Wolf Point Herald

Roaring ‘20s NEMHS Gala To Be Sept. 28 In Poplar


The Roaring ‘20s ushered in a lawless decade. It was time of bootlegging, prohibition and Tommy-gun toting Bonnie and Clyde-type gangsters; a golden jazz age complimented by economic prosperity, social and cultural dynamism. It was the time of zoot suits, fedoras, boas, dancing flapper girls, noisy speakeasies and excitement!   


On Sept. 28, attendees of the ninth annual Northeast Montana Health Services Charitable Foundation Spikes and Spurs Gala will have an opportunity to step back in time while enjoying this year’s Roaring ‘20s-themed fundraising event.


The gala is taking place at the American Legion Supper Club in Poplar, beginning at 5 p.m. with cocktails, followed by an evening of dinner, dancing,n silent auction, live auction, lottery and 50/50 drawing.


The event is the single largest fundraiser for NEMHS and provides funding for needed medical equipment while allowing them to keep up with continually changing innovations in technology.


“Without the generosity of the community, NEMHS would not be able to provide the area with the high quality of healthcare it deserves,” said Beth Pickthorn, executive director for the foundation.


This year’s entertainment will include the energizing band, “10 Foot Tall, 80 Proof,” of Bozeman.


In an effort to keep with the time period, dinner will include a four-course meal with entrées taken from the Waldorf Astoria’s menu when President Calvin Coolidge visited New York in 1924.


Transportation will be provided to anyone who would like a ride to and from gala.


“Our gala committee has worked hard to create an elegant evening for our donors to enjoy, while taking them back to an exciting era that was unlike any other,” Pickthorn said.


What began in 2005 as the Northeast Montana Charitable Foundation has grown into a vibrant non-profit organization that has risen over $150,000 dollars for capital projects and equipment for the Northeast Montana Health Services Poplar and Wolf Point campuses.


In the last two years, money raised through the event has been used to fund the purchase of plasma-thawers, laboratory refrigerators, Bair Paw warmers, a drug analyzer, an additional comfort room, hover mat transport and cabinetry. Some of this year’s fundraising efforts will be directed toward the 4D ultrasound/echocardiogram machine which cost nearly $200,000. The foundation gave $40,000 last October and has pledged an additional $20,000 this year. 


The fundraiser helps enable NEMHS to bring services to the community they would otherwise have to travel to receive.


For information, contact Pickthorn at 768-6148.