March 4 will be a big day in the fight against heart disease and cancer in the Cape Girardeau area.
After kicking off the day with the American Heart Association Heart Walk, an event for which Saint Francis Medical Center historically is the leading fundraiser in the region, the energy shifts to the Isle Casino Event Center that evening for the second Friends Gala.
The Friends Gala was a spectacular success in its inaugural edition last year, and this year’s sold-out event promises to be even bigger. Expanded by more than one-third due to high ticket demand, more than 320 guests are expected for a plated dinner, open bar sponsored by Isle Casino, dancing, and live entertainment by Hello Weekend sponsored by Merrill Lynch Wealth Management – Bart and Garrett Ozbun.
Last year’s event raised approximately $111,000 for Saint Francis Healthcare System’s CancerCare and CardiacCare patient funds. This year’s goal of $125,000 is within reach as supporting organizations quickly snatched up newly created sponsorship opportunities, including Siemens Healthineers’ generous restricted gift donation of $10,000 for our CardiacCare patient fund. A live auction and raffle board during the Gala also contributes significant dollars toward the fundraising goal.
The CancerCare Fund helps cancer patients in need with nutritional supplements, medicine, transportation and lodging. The CardiacCare Fund provides assistance with cardiac rehabilitation and other necessary services and equipment for patients unable to afford them. If you are interested in contributing to the CancerCare or CardiacCare funds, please click here.
Raffle tickets are also available for the following items, generously donated by Room Mates Pool & Spa!
- K2 Summit Series Cooler
- Atomic Blazer Air Hockey Table
- Green Mountain Daniel Boone Wi-Fi Grill
The cost is $25 per ticket. The drawing will be held Saturday, March 4, 2017, during the gala event. You do not need to be present to win. To purchase raffle tickets, please click here.
For more information about sponsorships, the restricted gift contributions and reserving tables for next year’s Friends Gala, please contact the Foundation office at 573-331-5133.