Gala raises $50,000 for hospice

Staff report

CELINA — More than 240 guests attended the ninth annual fala fundraising event benefiting Grand Lake Hospice, April 22, at Romer’s Entertainment & Catering Facility in Celina.

“Casino de Monte Carlo” welcomed guests to a ballroom filled with elegantly decorated black and gold tables adorned with candlelight and dozens of red roses. Professional photographs were taken by Emily High of High 5 Photography. Romer’s Catering provided multiple food stations offering hors d’oeuvres, dinner options and a variety of desserts.

Big wheel sponsors Dr. Robert Keighley and Dr. Lance Bryant of St. Marys Surgical Associates provided a raffle experience where lucky winners were given the unexpected opportunity to spin the Big Wheel for extra prizes. These included a gold bracelet from Jones Jewelers, a home security system from Fowler’s TV, an Amazon ECHO, a television and cash.

Every guest had the opportunity to roll the dice to try to win a 2017 Jeep Latitude from St. Marys Chrysler. There was no winner.

Premier Casio Events entertained with music and games. Due to the generosity of many businesses and individuals, guests were able to bid on more than 93 items or packages through live and silent auctions. Auctioneer Frank Arling auctioned off trips to Las Vegas and Norris Lake, a fishing trip, advertising packages, Disney Hopper passes, a chair, a necklace and earrings, a 38-bottle wine cooler, reservation for eight and transportation to the 2018 gala, and a trip to Chicago with tickets to see “Hamilton.”

Linda Haines, executive director of the JTD Hospital Foundation, said, “We are very grateful for our many sponsors of this event as well as our table hosts and many friends of hospice. Thank you to our Grand Lake Health System departments for adding to this year’s auction with their Department Challenge entries. To everyone who donated an auction item and to those who had a winning bid, thank you! To everyone who came and enjoyed the evening all while supporting the care that is provided by Grand Lake Hospice, we are so appreciative.”

Staff report