Published: 03/11/2013

Evangelical Gala Raises $90,000 For Launch of Comprehensive Diabetes Program


Evangelical Community Hospital’s signature event, the Evangelical Gala, was held on Saturday, March 9 and raised $90,000 which will be used to provide seed money for the Hospital to establish a comprehensive diabetes care program. 
The event, held at Larison Hall on the Bucknell University campus, was sold out nearly two weeks prior, with nearly 300 people attending. Stantec was the 2013 Grand Sponsor for the event.
According to the American Diabetes Association, nearly 26 million adults and children in the United States have diabetes, and that number continues to rise. The Gala committee selected the diabetes care program as the recipient of the event proceeds because of the prevalence of the disease in our immediate area.
“Diabetic patients sometimes have difficulty managing this disease. Working with primary care physicians, the Hospital seeks to improve the lives of diabetic patients through education, treatment, lifestyle change and prevention,” said Jennifer Reish, Gala co-chair.  “The Gala Committee is very pleased to be providing support for this important initiative.”
“The Evangelical Gala continues to be very well attended and a fantastic fundraiser for the Hospital,” said Tami Radecke, Vice President-Community Relations for Evangelical Community Hospital. “We are so thankful for the volunteers who give of themselves through dedication and planning to make it a success. They are a steadfast group of enthusiast advocates who have a great amount of love for Evangelical Community Hospital. We are very fortunate to have them working on our behalf.”
In addition to Jennifer Reish, Sheri Rippon also served as a co-chair for the event and together led a committee of volunteers and staff in planning the festivities. In addition to Stantec, other major sponsors for the evening included The Quandel Group, Inc., Geisinger Health System, VNA Health System, and Mifflinburg Bank & Trust. Cocktail Hour sponsors were Commerce Benefits Group, Cornerstone Advisors, Degenstein Foundation, Moran Industries, OM Workspace, Sunbury Broadcasting Corporation, and Weis Markets, Inc.
Evangelical Community Hospital is a non-profit organization that employs approximately 1,300 people and has more than 170 employed and non-employed physicians on staff. The Hospital is licensed to accommodate 127 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.




 The 2013 Evangelical Gala hosted a sold-out crowd all to support seed money for a comprehensive diabetes program at the Hospital.


Dr. David M. Zelechoski, of Evangelical Internal Medicine, talked about the importance of a diabetes care program not only as a physician who cares for patients with diabetes but as a person living with diabetes since the age of 13.


Jennifer Reish, co-chair of the event along with Sheri Rippon (not pictured), welcomes guests and thanks everyone for supporting diabetes care for the region.


Gala guests make bids on silent auction items.


Jennifer Reish and Sheri Rippon served as co-chairs for the 2013 Evangelical Gala.