Evangelical Gala Raises Over $100,000 in Support of Evangelical’s Community Outreach Services

March 15, 2017


Evangelical Community Hospital’s signature celebration, the Evangelical Gala, was held on Saturday, March 11, 2017, and raised approximately $105,000 during the Las Vegas themed event.

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 goals of prevention, early intervention, and health education to make a positive 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 Department has provided a variety of outreach initiatives 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. These 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, educating them on topics such as maintaining good hygiene, eating healthy, and staying physically active. Additionally, the department reaches out to participants of all ages through health screenings and educational programs, and even provides a wellness coaching option that serves as a support system for prolonged healthy lifestyle changes.

The sold-out Gala, held at Larison Hall on the Bucknell University campus, saw just over 300 attendees in their finest attire enjoying the evening of silent auction, dinner, and dancing.

Julie Stefan, Gala co-chair, said, “Our committee is honored to support the health and wellness initiatives of Evangelical knowing that the work they do for people of all ages and backgrounds makes a great difference in the overall health of the community.”

“All of the work that goes into the planning of this premiere fundraising event is rewarded by the dollars that are raised to support vital initiatives of Evangelical,” said Donna Schuck, Associate Vice President/Chief Development Officer for Evangelical Community Hospital. “We are thankful for the amazing support of the committee members who make it possible for the event to go flawlessly; the sponsors, businesses, individuals who generously support through financial donations; and the guests who attend for a night of entertainment knowing that they are actively helping others.”

In addition to Julie Stefan, Lise Barrick 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 included, Carol Apple, Kathy Asche, Jodi Batman, Patricia Case, Brandy Kift, Jana Klinger, Angela Motto, Shannon Moyers, Donna Schuck, Ali Stevens, Vanessa Troiani, and Bethany Umholtz.

The event was made possible by local sponsors including The Northumberland National Bank; Bucknell University; Geisinger Health System; Geisinger Health Plan; McNees Wallace & Nurick, LLC; Mifflinburg Bank and Trust; Workspace Interiors by Office Depot; Quandel Construction; and VNA Health System.

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