Published: 11/22/2016

Evangelical’s Las Vegas Themed 2017 Gala Event Set to Raise Funds for Community Programming

LEWISBURG—The 2017 Evangelical Gala, drawing on the sights and sounds of Las Vegas, will take place on Saturday, March 11 at Larison Hall on the campus of Bucknell University. The Gala begins with a 6 pm cocktail hour and a silent auction, followed by dinner and dancing to music provided by Paris, a Philadelphia-based band. The band specializes in high-energy performances ranging from oldies to current hits to ballads and everything in between.

Proceeds from this year’s Gala, including ticket sales, auctions, and donations will support Evangelical’s Community Health and Wellness department. Programming by the department is designed toward the goal of prevention, early intervention, and health education to make a difference in the overall health of the community.

Stantec, an architecture and engineering firm with more than 15,000 creative team members across North America and the world, is the grand sponsor for the 2017 Evangelical Gala.

For more than 20 years, Evangelical’s Community Health and Wellness has provided a variety of outreach endeavors for all ages to help the community stay healthy or assist in the early identification of health risks. Most of the programs are provided at a reduced cost or no-cost to participants. The efforts have had a positive impact—through school-based-programming, Community Health and Wellness has reached more than 13,000 students in the local school districts on topics such as maintaining good hygiene, eating healthy, and staying physically active. In addition, the department reaches out to participants of all ages through health screenings and educational programs, as well as providing a wellness coaching option to be a support system for prolonged healthy lifestyle changes.

“Promoting healthy living and providing resources through Community Health and Wellness to support positive lifestyle changes for the members of our community fits right in with what Evangelical is all about,” said Donna Schuck, Associate Vice President/Chief Development Officer for Evangelical Community Hospital. “The Gala committee couldn’t be more excited to use this signature fundraising event to support this effort.”

Tickets are $150 per person or $275 for couples. The menu for the evening includes a choice of coulotte prime black diamond steak with buttermilk fried onions, herb poached sole stuffed with scallop mousse served on a bed of garlic spinach, tuxedo orzo—black and white orzo with a light pomodoro sauce, and wild mushroom and eggplant ragout with an herbed cream sauce.

The silent auction will be powered by BidPal, a mobile bidding system, again this year. Guests are encouraged to bring their smartphones to bid on fantastic items and experiences including trips, jewelry, and artwork. Kiosks will also be available to place bids.

One of this year’s featured auction items is a private dinner party for 16 people donated by Mayberry Hospitality of Danville. Bob Dressler and his staff promise a unique and delicious multicourse, sit-down dinner similar to his popular Mayberry Supper Club events.

Reservations for tickets to the black-tie optional event can be made by calling 570-522-4850 and are needed by February 14, 2017.

For more information on the 2017 Evangelical Gala including reserving your seat to support Evangelical’s valuable community programs and bidding on the available auction items through BidPal, visit

Evangelical is a non-profit organization that employs over 1,600 individuals and has more than 170 employed and non-employed physicians on staff. The Hospital is licensed to accommodate 132 overnight patients, 12 acute rehab patients, and 18 bassinets. The Hospital serves residents throughout the Central Susquehanna Valley, including those living in Snyder, Union, Northumberland, and Lycoming counties.