Hospital to host an 'All American Celebration'The Cloquet Community Memorial Hospital Foundation has been staging a fundraising Gala for the past 21 years, but this year’s event could take the cake.
By: Wendy Johnson, Pine Journal
“GALA: a festive event marking a special occasion.” — Merriam-Webster
The Cloquet Community Memorial Hospital Foundation has been staging a fundraising Gala for the past 21 years, but this year’s event could take the cake.
Not only will the Foundation’s 22nd Annual Gala break precedent — it will be held in the hospital itself — but it will honor all those in the community who have helped support the hospital’s progress and expansion over the years.
According to event coordinator Barb Schaak, plans are to unveil the hospital’s permanent “Wall of Recognition” at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, followed by the Gala dinner, dessert auction, silent and live auctions and entertainment. Recognized on the Wall will be individuals and businesses who contributed to the 2004 capital campaign at a level of $1,000 or more, as well as individuals and businesses who have subsequently donated $1,000 and above in supporting the ongoing development of the hospital. (Final deadline for recognition on the wall is September 2013.)
That is just the kickoff for a fun-filled evening that the Gala committee is billing an “All American Celebration.”
“We feel this is very appropriate as our community is definitely an all American community that embodies all of the generous and philanthropic ideals we Americans hold so dear,” said Schaak.
Unlike some of the more formal Gala events of the past, this year’s event is geared toward everyday business attire and will give visitors a glimpse of the interior of the hospital’s sleek, modern new look in the lower level meeting room complex.
Entertainment will be interspersed throughout the evening, featuring a talented troupe of actors and vocalists. The Northeastern Saloon and Grille will provide a cash bar at the event.
Though the final planning for the event is still underway, the committee was willing to share one sneak peek. A hand-crafted theme quilt will be raffled off in honor of the special evening. The quilt, valued at $500, was designed and donated by well-known local quilting artist Barbara Little and quilted by Candy Butala. It features the “Uneven Star” pattern in red, white and blue on one side and reverses to an American flag/Statue of Liberty motif.
The quilt will be on display in the hospital gift shop up until the time of the Gala, and Foundation members will also sell tickets at Super One on various weekends up until October.
Tickets will sell for $2 each or three for $5.
All proceeds from the raffle and Gala go to the Foundation’s support of Community Memorial Hospital and Sunnyside Health Care Center. The drawing will be held on Friday, Oct. 11, at the Gala.
For information on Gala tickets, or to purchase raffle tickets, contact Schaak at 218-591-3827 or the Foundation office at 218-878-7652.
The CMH Foundation was first formed as a non-profit corporation in 1987 under the guidance of temporary board members Morrie Hagen, Bob Salls, John Polyner, Phil Budd and Jim Carroll. In 1988, the official board was installed, including Phil Budd, Joe King, Dave Lingren, Christine Wehrmeister and Joyce McKinney. A number of major donations were received in subsequent years, most from the primary businesses of the area. Since 1996, the Foundation has raised nearly $1 million to benefit the hospital and Sunnyside Health Care Center in support of such things as CT scan equipment, a cardiac monitoring system, a portable ultrasound machine, equipment and supplies for meal preparation at Sunnyside Health Care Center, five automatic external defibrillators and many more.