Contact: Joan Hermes
Adult and pint-sized superheroes were celebrated on October 17 at the sixth annual CGH Health Foundation “Delicious Designs” event held at Deer Valley Country Club.
A movie featuring three local breast cancer survivors and seven CGH Pediatric Rehab patients prompted a few tears and many smiles, as nearly 350 attendees were there to help raise funds for the CGH Women’s Health Program and CGH Pediatric Rehab Center. Net proceeds were still being determined at press time.
“There are few times in life that we can exist outside of our own lives and help others in need,” said event co-chair Susanna Riley. “Last Thursday, a group of would-be superheroes came together to support a fantastic couple of causes: the new Pediatric Rehab facility and CGH’s breast cancer program. The evening was a tremendous success of fun and funds for all present. I am tremendously thankful to have been a part of such a fantastic cause and evening. It is my hope that we continue to unite as a community to help those in need!”
With half of the funds raised, the Foundation is able to partner with the hospital in providing mammograms with no out-of-pocket costs to area women. Diagnostic tests, breast biopsies, ultrasounds and Pap tests are also covered, as well as comfort bags for breast cancer patients and hot meals for CGH Medical Center chemotherapy patients.
The rest of the funds will go towards the purchase of a sensory room, giant light bright wall, portable unweighing gait trainer and full-color interactive projector/motion capture system for the CGH Pediatric Rehab Center.
“Our tremendous group of volunteers made all the difference in creating this wonderful event,” said Starr Coleman, event co-chair with Susanna Riley. “We are so grateful for the enthusiastic support of those who attended and have high hopes of beating last year’s record of just over $25,000 raised. We’ll know more soon.”
The night included mystery “Wine, Spirits and Gift Card” pulls as well as the new Wish Lists. Items needed by the Women’s Health Program and Rehab Center were listed and could be “purchased” by individuals at the event. There were also three auctions – Dessert, Silent and Live.
Committee members included Janel Baker, Amanda Blaine, Angie Cannell, Mary Jean Derreberry, Amy Downs, Shelley Gottel, Jamie Hay, Joan Hermes, Deb Kuehl, Linda Kuhns, Nancy Lauritzen, Marcy Lawrence, Deirdre Mackay, Tiffany Marquez, Lindsey Pistole, Caitlin Pruis, Kelli Rodriquez, Cassandra Salmon, Kathy Schmidt, Katy Selmi, Paulette Selmi, Allison Shuman, Rita Smith, Mary Spitzer, Andrea Vondra and Karie Wheatley. Dessert/Live Auction carriers were Marc Geil, Dr. Eric Kuhns, Dr. Steven Mackay and Dr. Eric Riley.