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Previous Gala Events

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The Friends Gala 2020

The fifth annual Friends of Saint Francis Gala was held on March 7, 2020 at the Drury Plaza Hotel Cape Girardeau Conference Center. The event featured:

  • Live entertainment from Platinum Rock Legends and dancing
  • A delicious plated dinner and open bar
  • A fabulous live auction and other fun activities

All proceeds from the Friends Gala directly benefit Saint Francis Healthcare System’s CancerCare and CardiacCare patient funds.

  • The CancerCare fund helps cancer patients in financial need with essential services and supplies they cannot afford such as nutritional supplements, medicine, transportation, lodging and more.
  • The CardiacCare fund assists Heart Hospital patients with cardiac rehabilitation, other necessary services and equipment they otherwise could not afford.

The 2020 Friends Gala Raises More Than $315,000 for Saint Francis Foundation

The fifth annual Friends Gala on March 7 at the Drury Plaza Hotel Cape Girardeau Conference Center raised more than $315,000 for the Saint Francis Foundation.

The event drew nearly 500 attendees with more than 20 volunteers on hand to help.

“The money and resources we raise during the Gala provides not only the much needed rehab, medicine, equipment and general finances necessary to regain optimal health after a major life event, it provides hope,” said Jimmy Wilferth, Vice President of Marketing and Foundation at Saint Francis Healthcare System. “Hope is the expectation of a positive outcome, and it breeds strength to fight and believe like never before. Then is when healing has the upper hand.”

Contributions raised at The Friends Gala benefit the CancerCare and CardiacCare funds offered through Saint Francis Foundation. The CardiacCare fund provides assistance with cardiac rehabilitation and other necessary services and equipment for patients unable to afford them. The CancerCare fund helps cancer patients in need with nutritional supplements, medicine, transportation and lodging. More than $522,000 has been provided to more than 10,000 cancer patients and more than $247,000 to nearly 500 cardiac patients over the past four years.

The Friends Gala 2019

The fourth annual Friends Gala was held on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Isle Casino Event Center in Cape Girardeau. The event featured:

  • Live entertainment and dancing
  • A delicious plated dinner and open bar
  • A fabulous live auction and other fun activities

All proceeds from the Gala directly benefited Saint Francis Healthcare System’s CancerCare and CardiacCare patient funds.

  • The CancerCare fund helps cancer patients in financial need with essential services and supplies they cannot afford such as nutritional supplements, medicine, transportation, lodging and more.
  • The CardiacCare fund assists Heart Hospital patients with cardiac rehabilitation, other necessary services and equipment they otherwise could not afford.

The Friends Gala 2018

The third annual Friends Gala was held on Saturday, March 3, 2018, at Isle Casino Event Center in Cape Girardeau. All proceeds from the Gala directly benefit Saint Francis Healthcare System’s CancerCare and CardiacCare patient funds.

  • The CancerCare fund helps cancer patients in financial need with essential services and supplies they cannot afford such as nutritional supplements, medicine, transportation, lodging and more.
  • The CardiacCare fund assists Heart Hospital patients with cardiac rehabilitation, other necessary services and equipment they otherwise could not afford.

The 2019 Saint Francis Friends Gala Raises over $320,000: Funds will be used to benefit patient-assistance and child-education programs

The Cardiac Rehabilitation department with "Hope Bags"
The Cardiac Rehabilitation department with “Hope Bags”

In March, the Saint Francis Foundation held their annual Friends Gala, garnering donations and pledges which now total more than $320,000.

Almost 400 attendees turned out for the third annual event, held at the Isle Casino Cape Girardeau, and with an initial fundraising goal of $200,000, the event proved to be even more successful than anticipated. The funds raised will finance three of the Saint Francis Foundation’s programs, the CardiacCare fund, the CancerCare fund and the GoNoodle Children’s fund.

The Friends’ CardiacCare funds provide essential help to patients facing cardiac rehabilitation by covering costs for necessary services and equipment that patients may otherwise be unable to afford. The CancerCare helps patients pay for a wide variety of needs, including nutritional supplements, medicine, transportation and lodging, depending on patients’ situation.

The GoNoodle Children’s fund provides access to curriculum that emphasizes movement and mindfulness through video content designed to stimulate children’s brains and bodies. The program serves nearly 35,000 students in 133 elementary schools across 14 Southeast Missouri counties.

The Friends of Saint Francis have already put some of the funds raised at the Gala to good use by donating nearly 1,200 “Hope Bags” containing items including journals, pens, blankets, water bottles, ChapStick, digital blood pressure cuffs and digital scales for patients in need.

The Friends Gala 2017

The second Friends of Saint Francis Gala was held on Saturday, March 4, at Isle Casino Event Center in Cape Girardeau, with more than 325 people in attendance at the sold-out event. The current total raised is $178,000 (with some funds still coming in), far above the goal of $125,000. The funds from this event will benefit both the CancerCare and CardiacCare patient funds offered through Saint Francis Foundation. More information on these patient funds is available below.

The event featured:

  • Live entertainment and dancing
  • A plated dinner and open bar
  • A fabulous Live auction and other event enhancers

CancerCare and CardiacCare Funds

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CancerCare

The CancerCare fund helps cancer patients in need with nutritional supplements, medicine, transportation and lodging. Those positively affected include:

  • 3,105 patients from 56 counties, including 1,044 local patients
  • $39,721 in gas coupons
  • $14,621 in other CancerCare assistance expenditures
  • $54,342 of total financial assistance from CancerCare
  • $38,033 was raised at the inaugural Friends Gala in 2016
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CardiacCare

The CardiacCare fund provides assistance with cardiac rehabilitation and other necessary services and equipment for patients unable to afford them.

  • 102 patients have been aided by CardiacCare, including 27 from July 2015-July 2016
  • 231 cardiac rehab sessions were funded last year
  • $10,880 was spent on patient rehab and needed supplies
  • $10,700 was raised at Heart to Heart in 2016, bringing the total to $58,700 raised
  • $36,208 was raised at the inaugural Friends Gala in 2016

If you have any questions, please contact Danielle Torbet at Saint Francis Foundation at 573-331-5790 or dtorbet@sfmc.net.


Mike Renick Band

A pre-entertainment acoustic set was from Mike Renick of the Mike Renick Band.

Playing the Southeast Missouri scene since 2005, the Mike Renick Band is a blend of jazz, funk, and rock…all rolled up into rhythmic driven, toe-tapping grooves. If you’re looking for great stage energy and are ready to dance, you’ve got the perfect fit with the Mike Renick Band.


Hello Weekend

Underwritten by Bart Ozbun and Garrett Ozbun, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management

The headline entertainment was from Hello Weekend!

Hello Weekend takes audiences to a whole new level. Not only with their incomparable style and sound but also by performing today’s biggest chart topping hits and recreating them flawlessly. Be it Pitbull, Bieber, Rihanna, Gaga, the newest song out or that one song that you can’t seem to get out of your head, Hello Weekend will definitely have you singing along and wanting more. One of the newest cover bands to hit Chicago, Hello Weekend has had the opportunity to perform at some of the city’s greatest stages (House of Blues, Cubby Bear, etc). This group not only wows you with their infectious stage personalities, but they’re sure to light up your event with great music, bold colors, and…oh yea, don’t forget about selfies with Bob the Bunny! You’re sure to have an amazing time that will leave you and your party goers shouting “Hello weekend”…even if it is just a Tuesday!

The Friends Gala 2016

When members of The Friends of Saint Francis were brainstorming ideas for a signature event to kick off the year, the creation of a black-tie event emerged as an ideal alternative to the highly successful golf events for which the organization has made its mark.

The inaugural Friends Gala, held March 5 at the Isle Casino Event Center in Cape Girardeau, was a rousing success. The social event featured live entertainment and a fabulous dinner, with proceeds going to Saint Francis Healthcare System’s Cancer and Cardiac patient assistance funds.

CardiacCare
CardiacCare
CancerCare
CancerCare

A sold-out room of 236 guests generously contributed more than $107,000 in donations that will enhance the impact The Friends is having in our community. Saint Francis Healthcare System appreciates the work of our Gala Planning Committee and the overwhelming support of the Saint Francis community.