CHI Saint Joseph Health Foundations Raise More Than $360,000 During ‘Evening of Hope’ Event to Benefit Cancer Care Patients and Families in Kentucky


LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 19, 2021) – The CHI Saint Joseph Health Foundations’ “Evening of Hope” statewide fundraising event raised nearly $360,000 on Saturday, May 15. Proceeds from the event will benefit CHI Saint Joseph Health cancer patients and their families across Kentucky, including in Bardstown, Berea, Lexington, London and Mount Sterling. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the event was held in place of annual in-person galas and fundraising events, and included 50 hosts across Kentucky holding an Evening of Hope dinner party for around 700 guests statewide. The evening included a silent auction, a mission moment and inspiring stories of hope.

“We are so grateful to our communities for their generous support,” said Leslie Smart, CFRE, president, CHI Saint Joseph Health Foundations. “With the COVID-19 pandemic, we had to envision new ways to bring people together to celebrate their support for the patients we serve. Evening of Hope will help cancer patients and their families. We are humbled by the generosity of our hosts, our sponsors and everyone who attended a party or participated in our silent auction.”

In 2020, more than 26,000 new cancer cases were diagnosed in Kentucky. CHI Saint Joseph Health’s affiliation with the Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center has allowed physicians in central Kentucky the opportunity to consult with leading sub-specialists at one of the top 5 cancer centers in the country. Support for Evening of Hope directly benefits patients being treated for cancer across all of the CHI Saint Joseph Health facilities and offers them hope for their journey ahead.

As part of the event, hosts and attendees heard local stories of hope and the impact CHI Saint Joseph Health – Cancer Care has had on patients. The Evening of Hope Silent Auction featured a collection of premier items valued at nearly $50,000; the silent auction raised $60,835 toward that final total.

Sponsors of the Evening of Hope virtual event include Central Kentucky Radiology, PLLC (Champagne and Sweet Treat Sponsor), CHI Saint Joseph Medical Group (Mission Moment Sponsor), Hillenmeyer (Video Sponsor), Boone’s Butcher Shop (Charcuterie Sponsor), Pathology & Cytology Laboratories, Inc. (Stories of Hope Sponsor), along with 25 additional sponsors.

About CHI Saint Joseph Health
CHI Saint Joseph Health, part of CommonSpirit Health, is one of the largest and most comprehensive health systems in the Commonwealth of Kentucky with 100 locations in 20 counties, including hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes, home health agencies and an ambulatory Care Center. The hospitals in CHI Saint Joseph Health are Flaget Memorial Hospital, Saint Joseph Berea, Saint Joseph East, Saint Joseph Hospital, Saint Joseph Jessamine, Saint Joseph London, Saint Joseph Mount Sterling, and Women’s Hospital at Saint Joseph East. In total, the health system serves patients in 35 counties statewide. CHI Saint Joseph Health is dedicated to providing a wide array of services toward a goal of building a healthier future for all. 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 the CHI Saint Joseph Health Foundations

The CHI Saint Joseph Health Foundations support 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. The foundations serving their individual communities are Flaget Memorial Hospital Foundation, the Saint Joseph Berea Foundation, the Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation, the Saint Joseph London Foundation and the Saint Joseph Mount Sterling Foundation. 

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Publish Date: 

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

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