Written by Beth Pickthorn
Northeast Montana Health Services Charitable Foundation’s eighth annual Gala: Spikes & Spurs “Surf and Turf on the Prairie” was held on Sept. 22 at the American Legion Supper Club in Poplar.
The unforgettable evening was the most successful year yet, with a net profit of $40,000 and 250 supporters in attendance.
The elegant evening showcased the community’s spirit of generous giving toward the foundation and the local healthcare system.
This annual black-tie event is the foundation’s largest fundraising effort of the year.
We rely on events like the Gala to raise essential funds required to assist the hospitals in patient care and purchasing equipment. I am so proud of the way our Gala continues to grow in popularity and accomplishments year after year.
Starting out with a cocktail hour serving Missouri Breaks Brewing Company’s new “Wolves Wheat” beer and photos by Lisa Dunn Photography, attendees were able to mix and mingle until the featured four-course dinner was served. The meal was prepared by chef Mike Callaghan and his culinary team from Food Services of America.
The evening continued with a silent auction, gun fundraiser drawing, 50/50 drawing and a treasure map lottery. A special addition to the Gala this year was a live auction of a donated bronze by Clint Long. The lively music was provided by the popular Copper Mountain Band of Troy.
All of the funds generated from the 2012 Gala are donated directly back to the hospitals of NEMHS. This year, the main contribution will be to assist with the acquisition of the new 4D ultrasound and echocardiogram unit. This extraordinary machine will allow NEMHS to keep echocardiograms along with fetal and tumor 4D ultrasound procedures and services right here in our community. Other smaller projects are currently pending in both hospitals.
The mission of the foundation is to “Bridge Community and Heathcare.”
I truly believe that the Gala’s success is a reflection of our community and its proactive efforts to come together to better our local rural healthcare.
The Gala was organized with the combined efforts, hard work and dedication, of the volunteer-driven NEMHS Charitable Foundation board, under the direction of events committee chairperson Rosie Kurokawa and Beth Pickthorn, executive director. Current board members include Mary Nesbit, chair; Rosie Kurokawa, vice chair; Cheri’ Nygard, secretary/treasurer; and board members Kelly Murch, Rodney Paulson, Kerry Hanks, Lee
Loendorf, Arin Grainger and Peg Norgaard, Ex-Officio.