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Published: Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017 3:54 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 6:38 a.m. CDT
(Heidi Litchfield - hlitchfield@shawmedia.com)
The 49th Annual Auxiliary Charity Gala "Loving Hearts, Helpful Hands" helped to raise money for an endowment for Morris Hospital's Patient Transportation program.
(Heidi Litchfield - hlitchfield@shawmedia.com)
Auctioneer Stan Knudson prods guests at the annaual Hospital Gala to give more towards the trasnporation program.

MORRIS – Sparkly evening gowns and men in tuxes made their way through a host of auction items Saturday night at the 49th Annual Auxiliary Charity Gala "Loving Hearts, Helpful Hands."

The event, put on by the auxiliary each year, has helped finance many events throughout the years. This year's event was to help start an endowment to help continue to provide transportation to the many patients who need rides to and from doctor appointments.

The 2017 Gala committee was: Linda Beaty, Debbie Bols, Barb Boma, Becky DiVincenzo, Sheila Funk, Judie Roth, Cheryl Tesdal and Tracy Zabel, along with Auxiliary & Foundation Officer Hannah Wehrle, Development Associate Kelly Barry, and Development intern Sarah Roth were the hosts for the evening held at Jennifer's Garden.

In the years past they have helped raise money for machinery, programs like rhythm of our youth and now the program that make sure those who can't get to the doctor can get there,

The event starts with a silent auction as well as a "big auction," where people can watch the bids raise to make sure they can purchase what they want.

After a dinner of chicken and beef, the real action begins.

Emcee Shawn Hornsby and auctioneer Stan Knudson work the room to sell high ticket items like trips to Ireland, an African safari along with trips to Aruba and a signed Anthony Rizzo Cubs jersey.

Janet Long, public relations manager, said the night of the event brought in about $88,000 but they typically receive more money, which continues to come in after the event is over.

This year also saw a large number of sponsors at both the gold level which is $2,500 and the table sponsors which contribute $1,500.

Gold Sponsors this year included Block Electric Company, D'Arcy Autos MorrisDrinker, Biddle and Reath LLP, Low Voltage Solutions, Inc.Standard Bank and Trust Co.,and Spring Creek Nursing.

Table Sponsors this year included Anesthesia Consultants of MorrisBernie and Debbie Bols, Century 21 Coleman-Horsnby, EPIC GroupGrundy Radiologists, Joliet Area Community Hospice, Kurtz Ambulance Service, Everett and Shantel Leasure, LyondellBasell, George McComb and Mike Hoover, Morris Hospital Medical Staff, Newsome Home Health Care.

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