“Joan Allison and her special events committee put the ‘fun’ in fundraising,” Teresa Hazel told guests attending Riverside Foundation for Health Care’s third-annual fundraiser dinner here Saturday night.
More than 200 guests raised over $21,000 in support of district hospital projects but Hazel said the real success of this year’s dinner, themed “Puttin’ on the Glitz,” was not measured in money.
“We consider it a success just on the ‘fun-meter’—the financial part is just a bonus,” she quipped.
“I thought it was the best one yet,” agreed Ann Cox, who sits on the Foundation’s special events committee.
“The enthusiasm was evident in how people stayed later and danced. In past years, many people have tended to leave after the presentations,” she noted.
“In that way, it was a bigger social event this year,” added Cox.
Wayne Woods, CEO of Riverside Health Care Facilities Inc., also was pleased to see the funds raised.
“I think it’s great the Foundation was able to put this on once again. From my angle, it looked like everyone was having a good time and it was all in the name of a good cause,” he remarked.
The upstairs banquet hall at La Place Rendez-Vous was a lively place, especially as word of the martini bar spread and when Fort Dance Studio instructor Borka Gauthier and son, Armando, hit the floor and got people doing everything from the mambo to swing dancing as Adrian Chapman provided the music.
Meanwhile, emcee Ray Engelbertink kept the tone light with a joke or two.
The program consisted of a Foundation overview by vice-chair Jim Krag, a speech recognizing all sponsors and volunteers behind the dinner by Hazel, and an overview of fundraising activities from Allison.
And once again, the raffles and silent auction items proved popular. Jackie Champagne was the lucky winner of the three-day, four-night fly-in fishing trip donated by Campbell’s Cabins at Lac La Croix, valued at $2,300.
“Polar Bear Walk,” a limited edition statue donated by Duck Unlimited, fetched $650—the top bid for any item in the silent auction.
About 15 items—ranging from earrings to flower baskets, a ceramic cheetah, and a gourmet dinner for four in your very own home—each fetched at least $100 each.
“The mystery envelopes were a huge success,” noted Hazel, referring to $20 envelopes—containing anywhere from $25 to $300 in gift certificates—that were sold at the dinner.
“We had 100 envelopes and they sold out in a matter of minutes. We really have to thank the sponsors who helped us out with those,” she added.
Allison wasn’t available for comment the day after the dinner. After spending months getting things ready, she’s taking a much need vacation—in Reno, Nev.
The fundraiser brought in over $25,000 last year while $24,000 was raised at the inaugural one in 1998.