Published: 03/11/2014

Evangelical Gala Raises More Than $95,000 For Evangelical’s Comprehensive Rehabilitation Program

Evangelical Community Hospital’s signature event, the Evangelical Gala, was held on Saturday, March 8 and raised more than $95,000 which will be used to support Evangelical’s Rehabilitation program.
The program provides services such as physical, occupational, and speech therapy to help individuals recover from orthopaedic surgeries and conditions, stroke, heart attack, cancer care, and more.
The well-attended Gala, held at Larison Hall on the Bucknell University campus, saw nearly 275 people in their finest attire enjoying the evening of silent and live auctions, dinner, and dancing. Stantec was the 2014 Grand Sponsor for the event.
“The way we move and function throughout our days is crucial to our enjoyment and quality of life. The funds raised tonight will provide the Hospital with the means needed to expand the program and help people improve their mobility and movement as well as other functions that can be improved through rehabilitative treatment,” said Sheri Rippon, Gala chair. “Evangelical has an excellent program and expertly trained therapists and the Gala Committee is very pleased to be providing support for this important initiative.”
“The Evangelical Gala continues to be the premier fundraiser for the Hospital,” said Donna Schuck, Associate Vice President/Chief Development Officer for Evangelical Community Hospital. “We are so thankful for the many hours given by our committee members who make this event a success. They are a steadfast group of advocates who have a great amount of love for Evangelical Community Hospital and want to do all they can to support the programs and services available to the community through the Hospital. We are very fortunate to have them working on our behalf.” 
New this year was the introduction of the auction bidding system called BidPal. Guests were encouraged to use their smartphones to place bids on auction items. The high-tech bidding program allowed guests to competitively keep up with real-time bid changes and make sure they were in the running for the items that interested them most. For those without smartphones, BidPal kiosks were available to place bids.
In addition to Sheri Rippon, Angela Motto also served as a co-chair for the event and together led a committee of volunteers and staff in planning the festivities. Other committee members included, Lise Barrick, Jodi Batman, Jennifer Holthus, Sabra Karr, Teresa Keeley, Brandy Kift, Cynthia Martin, Shannon Moyers, Maria Petorak, Jennifer Reish, Bridget Smith, Heather Snyder, and Julia Stefan.
The event was made possible not only by the support of Stantec, but by other major, local sponsors including VNA Health System, The Quandel Group, Inc., Geisinger Medical Center, Swineford National Bank, and Mifflinburg Bank and Trust.
Evangelical Community Hospital is a non-profit organization that employs approximately 1,460 people 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.

Kara Rothermel, Director of Rehabilitation Services at Evangelical Community Hospital, speaks to the gala attendees about how the dollars raised from the event will support the Rehabilitation Program including expanded services for vestibular therapy and post-cancer care.

The 2014 Evangelical Gala Committee who took months to plan the event. From left to right: Brandy Kift, Teresa Keeley, Shannon Moyers, Heather Snyder, Julia Stefan, Jodi Batman, Jennifer Reish, Angela Motto – co-chair, Sheri Rippon – chair, Sabra Karr, Lise Barrick, Donna Schuck, Bridget Smith, and Jennifer Holthus.