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The Dosher Memorial Hospital Foundation, 924 N. Howe St. in Southport, hosted its second annual black-tie-optional gala at the St. James Community Center Saturday, April 28. Guests danced to the music of the Andrew Thielen Big Band of Myrtle Beach. In addition, Mr. P’s Bistro of Southport catered cocktails and an elegant spread of heavy hors d’oeuvres.
Gala committee members greeted arriving guests, who were treated to valet parking and a walk on the red carpet. Tables were decorated with 24-inch-tall silver vases filled with colorful floral sprays, and the elegant décor was topped off with a large Dosher Hospital Foundation ice sculpture.
The theme for this year’s foundation gala was “Healing for Generations.” Gala co-chairs Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Hatem welcomed everyone, introduced elected officials and special guests, and talked briefly about Dosher Memorial Hospital’s healing impact over its 82 years on the southeastern Brunswick County area.
Later in the evening, Dosher Foundation chair Russ Thompson introduced members of the hospital’s senior management team, hospital board of trustees, and the foundation board, and the foundation’s executive director, Kirk Singer, talked about the special, extra things Dosher Hospital does for the community it serves, things like free flu shots, medication drop off and disposal, and free sports physicals for South Brunswick middle and high school athletes. Singer then introduced A.J. Ferguson, who took advantage of the hospital’s sports physical program while in high school and went on to play football at N.C. State University. Ferguson expressed his gratitude for Dosher and the way it cares for the community.
Following Ferguson’s comments, Dosher Hospital COO Lynda Stanley expressed her gratitude to the Dosher Hospital Foundation for making a grant of $33,000 to the hospital’s laboratory for the purchase of a new blood culture analyzer this past year. Singer announced that Dosher Memorial Hospital was sponsoring a Community Health Fair on Saturday, May 12, and that the Dosher Foundation was making a grant of $10,000 to help the hospital cover the cost of the health fair.
“You can take great pride in the fact that by your participation in tonight’s ‘Healing for Generations’ gala, you are helping to make this year’s health fair possible,” said Singer to the crowd. “And for that, we thank you.”
The spring gala is one of two annual fundraising events of the Dosher Memorial Hospital Foundation, a nonprofit 501(C)(3) organization that has taken on the mission of raising and allocating philanthropic funds to benefit Dosher Memorial Hospital. The other event is the Dosher Classic golf outing in October each year. Funds raised by the Dosher Foundation are used for the purpose of enhancing patient care, health care research, providing health-related education, and purchasing clinical equipment and facilities.
Next year’s gala event will once again be at the St. James Community Center on Saturday, April 20, 2013. For more information about any of the events of the Dosher Memorial Hospital Foundation or to make a donation to the foundation, call 457-3900 or visit Dosher Hospital’s website at www.dosher.org.