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CGH Health Foundation Delicious Designs event best yet

Foundation news | Thursday, November 8, 2018

Contact: Joan Hermes

Photo: Starr Coleman was one of Delicious Design's featured speaker. She is a breast cancer survivor. She is shown with her sister, Savannah Mussington, from left, next Starr, her mother, Bernadine Coleman, along with Erika Adams, fourth from left, CGH Diagnostic Imaging Center nurse navigator, and Gina Grennan, director of CGH Diagnostic Imaging Center. Proceeds go for breast and ovarian cancer and
heart projects devoted to area women.

STERLING, IL (November 8, 2018) - Just over $25,000 was raised October 18 during the CGH Health Foundation Delicious Designs event at which area cancer and heart survivors were celebrated. Special recognition was given to the late Pam Topper, market president of Illinois Bank & Trust, who served this past year as Business Division Chair for the Foundation Annual Appeal.

Featured speakers included Cassandra Salmon from Illinois Bank & Trust, who provided a dedication to Pam, and Starr Coleman, a 28-year-old breast cancer survivor who was diagnosed last May. Nearly 300 people attended the fifth annual fundraiser at Deer Valley Country Club. Funds raised will go to help sponsor breast and ovarian cancer and heart projects for area women as well as comfort bags and hot meals for CGH Medical Center chemotherapy patients.

“Our tremendous group of volunteers made all the difference in raising our net profit of $25,054,” said Pat McLeod, event chair. “We more than doubled our proceeds from last year with the help of so many generous individuals.”

The night included mystery Wine, Spirits and Craft Beer pulls organized by Shelley Gottel, Chrissy Zollinger, Tiffany Marquez, Jerry Marquez, Teri Crawford and Sara Williams. The hugely popular Dessert Auction was organized by Kim Hegner, while the Silent and Live Auctions were co-chaired by Lupe Larson, Rita Smith and Mary Spitzer. Ticket Co-Chairs were Jamie Hay, Nancy Lauritzen and Marcy Lawrence.

Thanks goes to auctioneer Rob Young for his generosity, Jeff Hinton from 815 Productions, who did sound and lighting, and Sterling County Market, who donated the beautiful centerpieces.

Committee co-chairs included Mary Spitzer and Mary Jean Derreberry. Other members included: Judy Borchardt, JJ Campbell, Deb Dillow, Amy Downs, Susan Frost, Deb Kuehl, Deirdre Mackay, Lindsey Pistole, Brenda Porter, Paulette Selmi, and Kelly Valentino. Dr. Bill Bird, Dr. Matthew Cutter, Ted Hegner, and Nick Lareau served as Dessert/Live Auction carriers.

For more information on the CGH Health Foundation, please visit or call (815) 625-0400, ext. 5672.