The annual event was held at the Hocking Hills Golf Club in Hocking County, and welcomed community members, partners, employees and tourists to what has become a much anticipated weekend event.
“This is definitely becoming a very popular event in Hocking County,” Latricia Johnston, HVCH Chief Public Relations Officer, said. “We found ourselves hunting for additional tables and chairs to provide seating for everyone in attendance. That’s a good sign the Foundation’s mission to make a significant impact on patient care in this community is being heard. Our Foundation Board, Auction and Golf Committees are committed to raising charitable funds to support Hocking Valley Community Hospital, and once again worked very hard to provide a fun and entertaining event that serves a greater cause.”
Over the past 32 years, the event has raised more than $1.5 million for charitable purposes at HVCH.
The auction this year featured a summertime fun theme with more than 80 items to help families make the most of their summer vacation including trips, beach accessories, household items, art, event tickets and much more.
“We realize that our donors work hard everyday, so most of these items were grouped together in packages to allow guests to bid on items that would provide opportunities for rest and relaxation – all part of a good wellness program,” Johnston said.
Additionally, attendees were provided entertainment from Dr. Dan Stambaugh playing oldies, classic rock and country hits. SAM FM Radio 98.3 also played music at the auction during their live remote. Returning this year was auctioneer Steve Green of Green & Green Auctioneers from Sunbury, Ohio. HVCH Board Members Brad Little, Kyle Walker and Matt Mahaffey assisted the auctioneer.
“People came with the understanding of the reason for this event and gave very generously,” Stacey Gabriel, HVCH President and CEO, said. “I could not be more proud of our community. To see so many people come together and support the vital role of the HVCH Foundation was amazing. Each person or organization that contributed items for bid, made a purchase, or entered a golf team has made a healthy difference in the lives of many, and for that I am grateful,” Gabriel said.
Throughout the year, many businesses and organizations have partnered with the Foundation through the Leading the Way Annual Partnership Program. Partners were recognized during the auction and golf events, and will continue to receive recognition throughout the year. Partners also can receive other benefits including catered luncheons, print and broadcasting opportunities to expose their organization. This year, community businesses have donated almost $30,000 in partnerships. It is not too late to join the HVCH Foundation partner program for 2019; interested individuals may call 740-380-8336 to learn more.
This year’s $1,000 ball drop winner was Bob Clark with lucky ball #585. Golf tournament raffle winners were: Ginger Johnson, one pizza per month for a year at Pizza Crossing; Janel Bush, $100 Sharff’s gift card; Karla Good, $100 Hawk’s Nest gift card and Crystal Fizer, two-nights stay at Oakwood Cabins.