You brighten our future was the theme of the Annual 2012 Donor Banquet
held at the Vada Sheid Community Development Center on Thursday, May 10,
attended by over 400 community members.
Each year the Baxter Regional hospital Foundation hosts a celebratory dinner
to thank all of those who have so generously donated to the betterment
of Baxter Regional Medical Center. This yearandrsquo;s invocation was
lead by Mr. D. Randall Drake, Chairman of the Baxter Regional Hospital
Foundation Planned Giving Committee, with welcome and introductions by
Mr. Steven Sanders, Jr., Chairman of the Baxter Regional Hospital Foundation
Board of Directors.
The evening kicked off with a live auction by Chris Nosari, Auctioneer
extraordinaire, who kept everyone entertained, helped raise money for
the hospital and energized the occasion.
Mr. Ron Peterson, President and Chief Executive Officer gave a moving presentation
about how philanthropy from the community affects BRMC, followed by Mr.
Ted Sanders, Chairman of the Hospital Board sharing the Boards appreciation
for all that is done on behalf of Baxter Regional Medical Center.
Special Recognitions were presented to 2012-2011 Outgoing Hospital Foundation
Board members, Nick Coleman (not present) and Barbara Graham; Outgoing
Chair and Committee member of the Investment Committee, Robert Stewart;
and outgoing Hospital Foundation Board Chairperson, Jan Schmeski. The
capital campaign donors for the state-of-the-art mobile mammography unit
(located outside of the Vada Sheid building) were recognized on stage.
New 2011 Legacy Members were introduced to the audience as well.
Barney Larry, Executive Director of the Hospital Foundation was proud and
humbled by the two million three hundred thousand dollars in planned gifts
that were raised in addition to the 1.6 million Annual and Major Gifts
Campaign in 2011.
andldquo;I can never express what these generous donations mean, not only
to the hospital but to the many lives that will be changed for the better
because of the generosity of everyone gathered here tonight. I’ll
borrow the words of Eileen Elias Freeman; it isn't the size of the
gift that matters, but the size of the heart that gives it,” Larry said.
The evening ended with a moving patient story from cancer survivor, Ann
Glueck and a poignant presentation of what each day, minute, hour and
year in the life of a breast cancer survivor means. A gathering of breast
cancer survivors joined Ann on stage to celebrate their lives and show
support for Ann.