This winter, you can both celebrate the holidays and support HCMH and the Health Care Foundation
From Staff Reports
A Gala Event

HCMH physicians were recognized at a “thank you” luncheon for joining together to become “Presenting Sponsors” of the upcoming “1st Annual Lights of Life Gala,” scheduled for Dec. 8. Shown with the honored physicians are Health Care Foundation Chairman Tom Sellers, Gala Chairman Micky Masters-Barnett, Health Care Foundation Director Jackie Thornton and HCMH Chief Executive Office Michael McAndrew. Funds raised through the Gala will be used to build the planned first phase of “The Gardens at Memorial,” described as “a peaceful place where patients, their family and friends, hospital staff and the community will be able to go to enjoy the outdoors and improve their health.”

Sept. 28, 2006 - On Tuesday, Sept. 26, Hopkins County physicians were honored at a “thank you” luncheon. They were recognized for being the leaders in the community who joined together to be the Presenting Sponsors of the 1st Annual Lights of Life Gala.

The Gala is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, at The Lodge in Sulphur Springs. The evening will include a reception, dinner, live auction, dancing to music provided by the Dallas band Class Act, and entertainment by the Class Act Tap Dancers.

The Volunteer Auxiliary continues to show their support of the Lights of Life campaign by committing to be a $10,000 Star Sponsor of the Gala. The sponsorship support and the $100 per person ticket price will help the Foundation reach its fundraising goal of $100,000. The money raised will be used to build Phase I of The Gardens at Memorial, a peaceful place where patients, their family and friends, hospital staff and the community will be able to go to enjoy the outdoors and improve their health.

“The Gardens at Memorial will support the mission of the hospital, which is to promote, maintain and improve the health of the population it serves,” says Jackie Thornton, Health Care Foundation director.

The Gardens, to be located west of the hospital, will offer a strolling track, park benches, picnic tables, water features, bridges, and flowers. A Remembrance Lane will offer space for memorials and honorariums, and honor plaques will list major Lights of Life sponsors and donors.

The fundraising Gala is linked with the annual Lights of Life Christmas tree lighting campaign, which kicks off on Nov. 1. The community is invited to the tree lighting celebration, which is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 7, at 6 p.m. in front of the hospital. For the first time, the North East Texas Choral Society will be part of the tree lighting celebration. As always, the physicians will add to the evening festivities as they sing their favorite Christmas carols. For a $25 donation you can still dedicate a light on the hospital Christmas tree in honor or memory of someone special.

 “Year-round donations to The Gardens project will contribute to the therapeutic part of healing — I believe gardening can be physically, mentally and spiritually healing,” says Thornton.

Micky Masters-Barnett is the Gala chair, and Bill Bradford will serve as the honorary chair. The Gala committee has been working hard all year to make sure the Gala will be a fantasy holiday event.  For more information on how to be involved as a sponsor or to purchase tickets, call Jackie Thornton at 903-438-4799.

If you or your organization would like to support the Hopkins County Health Care Foundation and “The Gardens at Memorial” project, consider these gala sponsorship opportunities:

  • Presenting Sponsor — $20,000
  • Star Sponsor – $10,000 
  • Sparkle Sponsor — $5,000
  • Glitter Sponsor — $2,500
  • Glow Sponsor — $1,000
  • Table Host — $800
  • Twinkle Sponsor — $500
  • Glisten Sponsor — $250

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