Music-themed foundation gala ends on a high note


Feet were tapping and fringe was flapping at last Saturday’s Eleventh Annualjazz ensemble Music is the Best Medicine Foundation Gala, hosted by the Hunt Regional Healthcare Foundation. Held at the Sam Rayburn Student Center at Texas A&M University-Commerce, the gala fundraiser saw a full ballroom of guests and sponsors joining together for a night of music and dancing with friends to show their support for healthcare in Hunt County.

In previous years, comedians have entertained guests while they dined. This year, music was the theme of the evening as the “Mane” Attraction Jazz Ensemble treated the crowd to a concert of big band classics. A wooden dance floor in the middle of the ballroom set the stage for a fun night, encouraging guests to leave their seats and join the party during and after dinner. Directed by Dr. Chris Beaty, the jazz ensemble showcased their repertoire of big band jazz in a variety of styles including swing and blues genres.

The theme might have changed from comedy, but there were still plenty of laughs at this year’s event. During the jazz band’s intermission, guests were given the opportunity to play a fast-paced coin game of “Heads or Tails.” Sam Walker, head men’s basketball coach for Texas A&M-Commerce, led the game of chance which asks guests to buy in for only $20 and awarded the game winner a $500 cash prize.

In addition to the beth mcbridehighly praised musical performance, the evening’s top moment was the annual presentation of the Harold Curtis Friend of the Foundation Award to Beth McBride. McBride has been involved with the foundation since 2010 and has served the organization in multiple roles. As a foundation board member, she has acted as a liaison for Bras for the Cause volunteers and currently serves on the foundation’s executive committee as the finance committee chair and treasurer.

“Beth was chosen for her unending efforts with the foundation. Her work has been instrumental in helping us to develop a system of recording and reporting that is easy for all board members to understand,” said Alicia Wittkopf, executive director of the Hunt Regional Healthcare Foundation.

“The foundation would not be where it is today without the tireless work of members like Beth,” said Wittkopf.

The award was presented by foundation chair, Julia Wensel, and Leah Curtis, daughter of the late Harold Curtis, who spent more than 50 years serving as the hospital’s legal counsel and devoted countless hours to helping create the foundation. After his death in 2006, an award was created to honor those who have followed his path by dedicating their time, talent and financial resources to meet the needs of others through the foundation.

For more information about the Hunt Regional Healthcare Foundation, call 903-408-1064 or visit

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