The Susan B. Allen Foundation’s eighth annual Gala brought together about 400 guests and  celebrated the accomplishments of the Foundation with a fun evening, good food and most importantly, generous giving last Friday evening.
This was a year to launch Urgent Care and continue funding projects and initiatives of the Foundation.
One of several special moments during the night included the announcement of the Matthew J. Cross Fund for Care. This was a fund established in honor of Matt Cross, who passed away from cancer earlier this year. Matt spent 21 years as a Hospital Trustee and was a proud supporter of Susan B. Allen.
This fund will support projects in several areas of the Hospital, with a primary focus on alleviating the stress or needs a patient might incur during their treatment.
“It’s all about giving patients a break, whether that is through a meal program or transportation assistance,” said Chase Locke, Foundation Executive Director. “More than $50,000 was given for this fund just during the Gala.”
Another highlight of the evening was the announcement of a $100,000 gift from the Hospital Auxiliary in support of the Urgent Care project.
“It’s the Auxiliary’s goal to help support the Hospital and programs that benefit patients,” said Karen Hockett, SBA Guest Services manager. “They were excited to be able to contribute to this new project for the Hospital and be a part of getting it started.”
In all, the evening raised more than $250,000 for projects and initiatives at Susan B. Allen.
“Our donors always step up to meet any needs we have and continue to show support for the Hospital,” said Locke. “Their dedication and generosity has made a huge difference in the lives of so many of our patients. We could not do everything we do without them.”
It also would not have been possible without the evening’s sponsors, including: Intrust Bank, HollyFrontier, Graphic Concepts, Inc., Sundgren Realty, Demo Sales, ICI, El Dorado Family Dentistry, Heartland Pathology, Advanced Orthopedic Associates, Lockton and Security 1st Title.
“I want to say a huge thank you to our generous sponsors,” Locke said. “It’s their support that brings this event to life.”
Attendees enjoyed a concert-themed night, Stereo 8: Celebrating the Hits, complete with live music from the 8-track era by Injoy Fountain, a merchandise stand and a concession stand, as well as a live and silent auction. Appetizers and hors d’oeuvres were provided by the Butler Community College Hospitality and Culinary Arts students.