The Sixth Annual Friends Gala event was held Saturday, March 5, at Drury Plaza Conference Center, and raised more than $260,000 for Saint Francis Foundation. The 2022 event marked the first in-person Friends Gala in two years.
Jimmy Wilferth, Vice President of Marketing and Foundation, said of the event, “The money and resources we raise during the Friends Gala provides not only the much needed rehab, medicine, equipment and general finances necessary to regain optimal health after a major life event, it provides hope and the expectation of a positive outcome. It breeds strength to fight and believe like never before, and we sincerely thank all who made this possible.”
Contributions raised each year benefit the CancerCare and CardiacCare funds offered through the Foundation. The CardiacCare fund provides assistance with cardiac rehabilitation and other necessary services and equipment for patients unable to afford them. The CancerCare fund helps cancer patients in need with nutritional supplements, medicine, transportation and lodging.