Sponsors sought for Gala

By: W. Curt Vincent - cvincent@civitasmedia.com

ELIZABETHTOWN — A bug night is being planned at Lu Mil Vineyard for Saturday, Feb. 27 — one that has the potential to reach far and wide throughout Bladen County with its benefits.

The annual Bladen County Hospital Foundation Gala, this year being titled “A Red Affair,” is expected to use the night’s proceeds to provide top0-notch healthcare to those who utilize the hospital’s services.

“In one night, you have the power to touch many lives and help your family, neighbors, friends and co-workers,” said Ashley Dowless, director of the BCH Foundation.”The proceeds will also help fund medical needs that do not always fit within the hospital’s budget, yet they still make a difference in our patients’ experience and their healing process.”

The event organizers are currently encouraging sponsorships from the community, and a number of levels are being offered. They include:

— Red Carpet Presenting Sponsor ($1,500) — sponsor will get their name and logo on all printed materials like invitations, tickets, sponsor board and on the Foundation’s Facebook page; along with a reserved VIP seating for eight in a prominent location and recognition during the event; check presentation photo opportunity.

— Platinum Star Sponsorship ($1,000) — sponsor will receive six tickets; recognition with logo at event and printed materials; check presentation photo opportunity.

— Gold Star Sponsorship ($500) — sponsor will receive four tickets; recognition with logo at event; check presentation photo opportunity.

— Silver Star Sponsorship ($250) — sponsor will get two tickets.

Anyone with questions about sponsorships can call 910-862-1206. Sponsorships can be mailed to: Bladen County Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box 398, Elizabethtown, N.C. 28337.

“Our community needs your support,” said Dowless. “With your support, we can improve the future of Bladen County for generations to come.”


About the Foundation


Bladen County Hospital Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Bladen County Hospital. All money donated are dedicated to programs and services at Bladen County Hospital.

Bladen County Hospital Foundation was founded in 1994 as a non-profit organization to serve the hospital and citizens of Bladen County. The Foundation supports Bladen County Hospital through equipment purchases, community benefits and patient and family support. The ultimate goal of Bladen County Hospital Foundation is to enhance the quality of health care in our community.


Why should you give


In the ever-changing healthcare environment, hospitals face the many challenges of providing patients with exceptional healthcare in the most cost-effective way. By supporting Bladen County Hospital Foundation, you not only help sustain ongoing programs and operations but you also make new exciting improvements possible. The programs funded make a difference in the patient’s experience and their healing process.

There are many areas that a foundation can help support. Since there have been cuts in hospital funding on both state and federal levels throughout the years, hospitals have trouble securing financial support. To meet financial demands, hospitals turn to their foundations for assistance. The fact is, every patient who visits Bladen County Hospital is touched by our donors.

The Bladen County Hospital Foundation board is made up of members from the community along with Bladen County Hospital employees, physicians and Bladen County Hospital Advisory board members who volunteer their time to improve the quality of healthcare in Bladen County.

The Foundation’s board members are: Chairman Lee Greene, Vice-chairman Leon Martin, Charles Bridger, Giles Clark, Charles DeVane, Billy Ray Fisher, James W. Hill III, Ron Taylor, Thaddeus Johnson, Brandi DeVane, Joy Grady, Jackie Goodnight, Dr. Pearly Graham-Hoskins and Director Ashley Dowless.

The Foundation’s events committee members are: Brandi DeVane, Shirley Vann, Althea Lesane, Tori Martin, Jennifer Campbell, Dawn Madden, Julia Cox, Jenna Hilton, Amanda Allen, Karen Gentry, Emily Dowless, Traci Priest and Deanna Worley.

W. Curt Vincent can be reached by calling 910-862-4163.

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