2017-12-06 / Front Page

Community rallies together to raise over $30k for Putnam County Hospital Cancer Center

Saturday, Nov. 18, over 250 community members put on their best dresses and sharpest suits to raise awareness and funds for the local cancer center during the inaugural Putnam County Hospital Benefit Gala. By the end of the night, spirits were high as generous donors rallied to raise over $30,000 that will go directly to the Putnam County Hospital Cancer Center for the purchase of IV pumps to better care for cancer patients.

The gala was an overwhelming success from the release of the news just months before the event. Within two weeks of announcing the event, tickets sold out. Gala and after-party ticket sales generated over $6,500 in revenue that will go directly to the cancer center.

Asks were made to community businesses, supporters and vendors asking for contributions, whether it be a financial sponsorship or as a donor to the silent or live auction. The responses from the community were humbling as the hospital began to see the personal impact its cancer center has made to so many in the community. More than 50 items/experiences were donated to the auction with more than $11,850 in sponsorships were raised.

The gala opened its doors to the Union Building Ballroom, graciously donated by DePauw University at 6pm. Awaiting those that arrived were students from DePauw University’s Phi Kappa Psi fraternity who also donated their evening for the cause, offering complimentary valet parking.

Upon arrival to the gala, guests were invited to have a professional portrait taken by Wilson’s Photography Studio. For only ten dollars, guests receive a personalized five by seven photo to capture the evening. Fifty percent of the proceeds from the photographs went to the Putnam County Hospital Cancer Center, with the other portion of the fee covering costs for production of the photos.

As attendees entered the ballroom, they were greeted with the sounds from DePauw School of Music’s string quartet. A complimentary wine tasting and cash bar accompanied the event as gala attendees enjoyed fellowship and bidding on the silent auction items.

An elegant dinner was catered by Bon Appetit. Stunning table settings were topped off with centerpieces donated by Eitel’s Flowers and crisp white chair compliments of Mary Keck with Putnam County Hospital. A special thank you to DePauw School of Music, Eitel’s Flowers and Mary Keck for creating an elegant evening inside of the ballroom.

Putnam County Hospital presented a program at 8 p.m. that educated and enlightened those in attendance of the impact that Putnam County Hospital Cancer Center has in our hometown. Dennis Weatherford, Putnam County Hospital CEO, welcomed and thanked the community for its support and trust in the hospital and cancer services provided close to home. Next, a touching testimonial video, featuring Jim Turpin, was shared with the crowd. The video shared Jim’s experience with Putnam County Hospital’s Cancer Center as well as how the center’s partnership with Franciscan Health helped him receive the very best in cancer care as he battled leukemia.

Following the video, Jim Turpin personally spoke of his experience and his heart-felt thanks for the care he received. Dr. James Callaghan, Franciscan Health Indianapolis CEO, was next to speak to those in attendance about the partnership with Putnam County Hospital, expressing Franciscan Health’s dedication to giving Putnam County patients big city services close to home.

Wrapping up the program was Mary Ann Birt. Mary Ann, a breast cancer survivor, spoke of her fight with cancer and how receiving her treatments close to home near family and friends impacted her healing.

Putnam County Hospital sends a sincere thank you to Dennis Weatherford, Jim Turpin, Dr. James Callaghan and Mary Ann Birt for sharing their inspiring stories.

Wrapping up the night, silent auction bidding closed and the live auction began. Jeff Rich, a well-known auctioneer in the community, donated his talents for the event.

Thousands of dollars were raised as bidders competed for the hot items. A special thank you to Jeff Rich for bringing fun and excitement to the live auction.

As the night wrapped up, over 100 community members continued the celebration at the after-party, fully sponsored by Bridges Craft Pizza and Wine Bar. Complimentary champagne and appetizers welcomed those that attended. Thank you to Bridges Craft Pizza and Wine Bar for their generosity as the community ended an incredible night.

Putnam County Hospital recognizes that the benefit gala’s success was attributed to so many that donated their time and services, including its own staff. The hospital extends sincere gratitude to the following: Putnam County Hospital staff members: Margaret Crowley, Tammy Hunter, Lou Fordice, Jennifer Dunfee, Hope Cooksey, Brooke Plummer, Miranda Richardson, Ashton Higgins, Jenni McGaughey, Bill Dennis, Hannah Cline, Jeff Mace, Sharon Friday, Janet Foxx, Jane Littiken and Lori Lucas.

Extended thanks also goes out DePauw University, donation of the Union Building Ballroom; Bridges Craft Pizza and Wine Bar, donation of the gala after-party; Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, complimentary valet parking, Wilson’s Photography Studio, portraits and candid photos throughout the evening; Banner Graphic, print ads; WREB Radio; radio spots; Eitel’s Flowers, floral arrangements; Mary Keck, chair covers; DePauw School of Music, string music throughout the evening; Tabco Printing, bid sheets; Dennis Weatherford and Dr. Callaghan, speakers; Jim Turpin and Mary Ann Birt, testimonials.

The gala could not have taken place without the generous sponsorships. Sponsorship levels include Platinum for donations $1,000 and above, Gold for donations $500-$999, Silver for donations $250-$400 and Supporters for $25- $249.

Platinum sponsors of the evening were: Franciscan Health, First National Bank, Distinct Web Design, Tx:Team. Gold sponsors of the evening were: Gobin Memorial Church, Array Architecture + Interiors, Blue & Co., CSO Architects, Edward- Rigdon Construction Co., Inc, Sustainable Steam & Water Solutions, Inc., HBG Insurance & Bonds, Dr. Warren and Connie Macy, Dr. Robert and Carole McCardle, Robert Sedlack in memory of Ellen Sedlack, True Rx Management Services, Inc.,

Silver sponsors of the evening were: Adkisson Consulting, Inc., Creed Medical, Hamilton Center, Hickory Creek at Sunset, Sharon Walters,

Supporter sponsors of the evening were: AA Huber & Sons, Baker’s Septic Services, Inc., Ann Dever, Greencastle Lodge No. 1077, Dr. Craig and Heidi Johnson, OnCall Transcription, Inc., Robert and Beverly Parsons, Remax Cornerstone Realty, Rotary Club of Greencastle.

Silent and live auction items were instrumental in creating a fun atmosphere along with raising $14,815 alone! A document showing who donated, what items were donated, and how much they went for is included after this story.

Putnam County Hospital thanks the community for a memorable and meaningful evening and is looking forward to planning for 2018.

Putnam County Hospital Cancer Center, partnering with Franciscan Health, offers a peaceful setting for patients who are undergoing cancer treatments close to home. The center provides a comprehensive plan with holistic care that meets the medical, spiritual, and emotional needs of patients. The most up-to-date treatment is delivered from physicians and medical professionals who know and care about our patients and their families.

Dr. Sameer Ahmed, a physician with Franciscan Physician Network, joined the Cancer Center in 2015. The Cancer Center is also staffed by Registered Nurses who have been oncology trained. Continued education concerning cancer, the most up-to-date treatments, and symptom management is important to us. Registered nurses are oncology-certified through the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS), a national organization. Active membership in the local Illiana Chapter of ONS allows the nursing staff to attend monthly meetings to discuss new and current treatments.

The Cancer Center is accredited by the American College of Surgeons.

For more information about Putnam County Hospital Cancer Center, please call 765.655.2581.

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