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Nov112014

Foundation Fall Fundraiser: a “Hee Haw” of a Good Time  

The community knows what to expect by now. In fact, many come dressed for the occasion. The annual Foundation Fall Fundraiser is a sure-fire guarantee for some fun with music, food, a main attraction, a decked-out Civic Center, and the satisfaction of contributing toward a good cause. This year's theme was based on “Hee Haw,” a TV variety show that aired from 1969 to the late 1980s. There were aspects reminiscent of the show used at the fundraiser including the Foundation's jug band that performed Hee Haw country songs. “This theme really seemed to connect with people,” said Tom Lovik, Foundation Chairman. “A lot of folks dressed up in bib overalls and hats...To me, that was a highlight because it showed people are really into this.”

Ventriloquist James Wedgwood was the featured entertainment of the evening. “He was terrific,” said Tom. “He even went down into the crowd several times to pick out some local people to participate. You could just feel the crowd getting into it.” Tom gave a short presentation about the work of the Foundation and the importance of financial support from the community to keep it running. The gross income from the event was $14,400 between ticket sales, the silent auction, and individual donations.

The event was heartening from the Board's standpoint. We are so grateful to the community for coming through as they did. Everything from the 218 tickets sold to the financial donations and the decorating...it absolutely blew me away.” -Tom Lovik

The Foundation operates through a board of volunteers that dedicate their time and creativity to raise funds for the WHC through an annual event and other initiatives. Foundation funds are distributed to WHC departments in response to requests. Funds can only go toward initiatives that have direct patient benefit. The WHC Foundation also accepts one-time donations, land donation, or estate planning benefits at any time throughout the year. To start a conversation, contact Tom Lovik at 452-2797 or email tlbek@bektel.com.

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