Evangelical Charity Gala and Auction Raises $113,000 in Support of Evangelical’s Growth and Services

March 09, 2020

Evangelical Community Hospital’s signature celebration, the Evangelical Charity Gala and Auction, was held on Saturday, March 7, 2020, and raised $113,000 during the A Midsummer Night’s Dream-themed event.

Proceeds from this year’s Gala, including ticket sales, auctions, and donations, will support Evangelical’s largest construction project in the Hospital’s history – PRIME (Patient Room Improvement, Modernization, and Enhancement). The funds will also go to support current community care programs including The Thyra M. Humphreys Center for Breast Health, Hospice of Evangelical, The Family Place, Community Health and Wellness, and charity care.

Quandel Construction, a fourth generation, family-owned, commercial construction company providing construction, construction management, design-build and owner’s representative services, served as the grand sponsor for the 2020 Evangelical Gala.

The Gala, held at the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University, saw 339 attendees in their finest attire enjoying the evening of silent auction, dinner, and dancing to music provided by Body & Soul, out of Albany, New York.

“Months of planning was all worth the effort after seeing the number of guests who came out to support Evangelical Community Hospital,” said Patricia Case, Gala co-chair. “Our community deserves the finest of healthcare options and this event contributes to that by supporting valuable programs available at the Hospital as well as future options.”

A silent auction of health and wellness packages, accessories, items for the home, memorabilia, and fun experiences and trips was open to the public and brought in $20,973 for the final fundraising total. A pre-event raffle for a London getaway was held in the months before the Gala. Ryan Graver of Lewisburg was the holder of the winning ticket and walked away with a four-night stay for two at an upscale London hotel. The raffle alone raised $7,100 for the event.

“We are humbled and amazed by the sponsors, businesses, and individuals who generously give to this event,” said Donna Schuck, Associate Vice President/Chief Development Officer for Evangelical Community Hospital. “We’ve been watching with great excitement as the PRIME project gets closer to completion and we are forever grateful to our community for supporting the future of healthcare provided at Evangelical. Every single gift makes a difference.”

In addition to Patricia Case, Brandy Kift also served as a co-chair for the event and together they led a committee of volunteers and staff in planning the festivities. Other committee members were Carol Apple, Kathy Asche, Lise Barrick, Abby Gulden-Luthi, Corey Jusko, Jerilyn Katherman, Teresa Keeley, Jana Klinger, Shannon Moyers, Eustacia Muir, Courtney Remmey, Alexis Rosini, Donna Schuck, and Bridgette Thompson.

In addition to Quandel, the event was made possible by sponsors including CallisonRTKL, Bucknell University, Geisinger, McNees Wallace & Nurick, LLC, and Mifflinburg Bank & Trust.

Photos from the event are shared on Evangelical Community Hospital’s Facebook page and at www.evanhospital.com.


Kendra Aucker, President and CEO of Evangelical Community Hospital, thanks the committee, the sponsors, and everyone in attendance for the role they played in making this years’ Charity Gala and Auction a success.

The Gala Committee takes a moment to do a champagne toast before guests arrive. The Gala takes months of preparation and volunteer hours from the committee. Pictured from left to right are, Eustacia Muir, Jana Klinger, Teresa Keeley, Carol Apple, Brandy Kift, Co-Chair, Patricia Case, Co-Chair, Shannon Moyers, Jerilyn Katherman, Bridgette Thompson, Abby Gulden-Luthi, Donna Schuck, Courtney Remmey, Alexis Rosini, Lise Barrick, and Kathy Asche. Not pictured, Corey Jusko.

This year’s Evangelical Charity Gala and Auction Committee Co-Chairs were Brandy Kift and Patricia Case.

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