Hunt Regional Healthcare Foundation to host music-themed gala April 9

3/25/2016

Hunt Regional Healthcare Foundation is preparing for a night of music and dancing as the organization hosts their eleventh annual charity gala. The Eleventh Annual Music is the Best Medicine Foundation Gala will be held Saturday, April 9 at the Sam Rayburn Student Center on the campus of Texas A&M University-Commerce, with the “Mane” Attraction Jazz Ensemble providing the evening’s entertainment.

Departing from their long-running comedy theme, the foundation hopes to encourage guests to dance their way to better healthcare for Hunt County as they enjoy a music-themed evening featuring a live jazz band. The “Mane” Attraction Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Chris Beaty, performs a variety of styles associated with big band jazz, including swing, blues, rock and Latin genres.

“Last year’s gala marked ten years with our underlying theme of comedy. As we enter the event’s second decade, our special event committee members decided it was the perfect time to add a new dimension to the event through music,” said Beckey Thompson, special event committee chair.

“It is our hope that the new theme will provide a fresh twist for our returning guests and inspire new faces to attend,” she said.

The foundation’s signature event, the gala brings together supporters from across several communities in Hunt County. Jerry Ransom, philanthropist and friend of the foundation, has signed on as the event's top sponsor with many other local businesses also pledging their early support.

Proceeds from the gala will benefit the foundation and its many projects throughout the Hunt Regional Healthcare organization. Past projects have included the Tubby Adkisson Mobile Mammography Coach, Fitsteps for Life, advances in the cancer center, wellness programs throughout the hospital, and many causes which benefit the citizens of Hunt county.

“The ongoing goal of the foundation is to provide support to the hospital and its mission of advancing healthcare and providing state-of-the-art healthcare facilities for our citizens,” said Alicia Wittkopf, executive director for Hunt Regional Healthcare Foundation.

“The funds raised at the gala by our sponsors and guests will allow us to continue the projects we already support, while expanding our reach through new initiatives,” said Wittkopf.

Gala guests will have the opportunity to take a chance on several bonus activities throughout the night. A fun game of “Heads or Tails” will take place during the dinner portion of the evening, during which one guest will walk away with a large cash prize. A silent auction will also run during the pre-event reception.

A raffle drawing will take place the night of the event, with one lucky ticket holder going home with a pair of earrings featuring over 2 carats of diamonds set in white gold donated by Jan and David Williams of Taylor Brothers Jewelers in Greenville. The earrings are valued at $3500. Raffle tickets are priced at $10 and are available for purchase at Taylor Brothers Jewelers, from any HRHF board member, through the event website, or in the foundation office located on the first floor of Hunt Regional Medical Center. The winner of the raffle need not be present.

Tickets for the event are priced at $100. To purchase tickets, learn more about the gala, or for sponsorship information, click here or call 903-408-1068.

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