Berea, Ky. (March 7, 2019) – The 6th Annual Saint Joseph Berea Foundation Gala raised nearly $35,000, which will go toward the Lights for Life Fund, helping provide emergency assistance and medications year-round for underinsured and low-income patients in the Berea area. The gala was held Saturday, March 2, 2019 at The Churchill Company and featured dinner, live music from ENCORE of Lexington, dancing and a silent auction.
“We are so thankful for the community support we receive each year for this event, which will help raise money to assist those in need,” said Leslie Smart, president, CHI Saint Joseph Health Foundations and Saint Joseph Berea Foundation. “The Lights for Life Fund has had significant need over the past several years, and money raised from the Gala will help maintain the level of assistance for these patients for years to come.”
During this event, a local physician who is making an impact in the community is also honored. This year, the Physician Service Award was awarded to Mary Ellen Shields, MD, CHI Saint Joseph Medical Group – Surgery, who has cared for patients in the Berea area for 24 years.
Saint Joseph Berea is celebrating 120 years in the Berea community. In the past six years, the Gala for Healing and Hope has raised more than $150,000 to invest in outstanding patient care facilities and services, the education of health caregivers, advanced clinical research and improved access to quality medical care.
Sponsors of the Saint Joseph Berea Foundation Gala included Cumberland Valley National Bank (Entertainment Sponsor), Sound Physicians (Carpet Sponsor), and Ivey Mechanical (Reception Sponsor), and Citizens Guaranty (Hope Sponsor).
For more information on the Saint Joseph Berea Gala, visit www.chisaintjosephhealth.org/the-gala-for-healing-hope.
About CHI Saint Joseph Health
CHI Saint Joseph Health, part of Catholic Health Initiatives, is one of the largest and most comprehensive health systems in the Commonwealth of Kentucky with 135 locations in 20 counties, including hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies. In total, the health system serves patients in 35 counties statewide. CHI Saint Joseph Health is dedicated to building healthier communities by elevating patient care through an integrated physical and behavioral health delivery system. CHI Saint Joseph Health embodies a strong mission and faith-based heritage and works through local partnerships to expand access to care in the communities it serves.
About Saint Joseph Berea Foundation
Saint Joseph Berea Foundation supports CHI Saint Joseph Health’s drive for excellence by inspiring donors to make a tangible difference through their philanthropic investment in outstanding patient care facilities and services, the education of caregivers, advanced clinical research and improved access to quality medical care.
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