SeHealth Foundation Gala breaks records
Throughout Southeastern Health’s history, community generosity and philanthropy have played a major role in its growth and development. The 28th Annual SeHealth Foundation’s Caring Forward Gala of Grateful Giving, presented by Robins & Morton, revealed this to still be a community certainty. Six hundred and thirty-five guests were treated to an exciting, elegant, record-breaking event where more than $215,000 dollars were raised for Southeastern Health’s Community Health Services through Best Health Forward.
For the first time ever, Southeastern Health Foundation combined the funds from its two signature fundraising events, Boots & BBQ and the Gala of Grateful Giving, toward one goal: Best Health Forward.
“Neighbors helping neighbors is an integral part of our community’s culture, and what makes us uniquely ready to combat the pressing health issues in our region, as one,” said SeHealth Foundation Executive Director Sissy Grantham. “The overarching campaign theme signifies we want the Best Health for our community moving Forward.”
As the well-known “preacher of health,” Dr. Robin Peace, who practices at Southeastern Medical Clinic North Lumberton, led the 2020 Foundation Gala Committee in supporting Best Health Forward. Dr. Peace, along with Joann Anderson, son, Josh Anderson, and new SeHealth Foundation Board Chair Doug Mills and his wife, Renie Mills, were on hand to greet guests as they arrived.
“Best Health Forward is the funding opportunity most closely aligned with Southeastern Health’s mission statement; to improve community health and quality of life. Breaking down barriers to healthcare access is a cause we should all support,” said Doug Mills.
Sponsors and guests were greeted by a beautiful vision of blue throughout the entire venue created by Flowers By Billy and the Gala committee.
“The Campbell University Lounge Tent was increased this year to accommodate the Foundation Gala’s growing list of supporters who wanted to join us,” Grantham said. “Thanks to the 2020 Gala Committee, Flowers By Billy and Nursery South for their part in making the Lounge Tent as beautiful as ever. We can’t thank our sponsors, gala chair and committee, donors, volunteers or our community enough for not only supporting the Gala but for their continued support of Southeastern Health!”
The event also included fantastic entertainment by The Band Punch, delicious catering from Two Brothers Catering and SeHealth Food and Nutrition Services, and beverages provided by Healy Wholesale and Coca Cola. Special event photography was provided by Stephanie Johnson of Vintage Soul Photography and SeHealth Photographer Roxana Ross.
The evening included three fundraising opportunities. First was a Wine Pull with donated wines giving guests the opportunity to pull wines with values ranging from $20-$150. Secondly, a mobile bidding auction included beautiful artwork from local artists, including Joann Anderson, Thomas Ard, Bunny Barker, Kathy Bunn, Amy Campbell, Becca Brown Speight, the estate of Dr. and Mrs. D.E. Ward, and Estate Planning from David Ramsaur.
Lastly, the Heads or Tails Raffle gave participants a chance to win Diamond Earrings by McNeill’s, four Carolinas Panthers tickets, a Biggs Park Mall gift certificate, a Southeastern Lifestyle Day Spa gift certificate, and a tote full of items from Jernigan’s.
Upcoming event opportunities to support SeHealth Foundation include the 30th Annual Swing for Good Health Golf Tournament held May 7 at PineCrest Country Club, as well as the 10th Annual Boots & BBQ, scheduled for October 23.
For more information about the efforts and programs supported by the SeHealth Foundation, go online to www.southeasternhealth.org/foundation or call (910) 671-5583.