The Eighth Annual Friends Gala Raises More Than $346,000 for Saint Francis Foundation

The Eighth Annual Friends Gala event held on Saturday, March 2, raised more than $346,000. This record-breaking number will be utilized by Saint Francis Foundation to directly support local cancer and cardiac patients.

Stacy Huff, Executive Director of Saint Francis Foundation, said of the event, “The money and resources we raise during The Friends Gala will provide hope and healing to thousands of cardiac and cancer patients undergoing treatment at Saint Francis Healthcare System over the coming year, helping them to regain optimal health after a major life event. The needs in our community are tremendous, so the outpouring of support is deeply appreciated.”

Contributions raised each year benefit the CancerCare and CardiacCare funds offered through Saint Francis 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.

“Generous sponsors and volunteers make The Friends Gala possible, and we are truly humbled by their commitment and support,” said Kimberly Likens, Gala Chair. The event, held at Drury Plaza Conference Center, featured a live and silent auction, music by the 12 South Band and more. Matthew Ewasko served as the event co-chair, and Shana Lynn as lead volunteer coordinator.

For more information about The Friends of Saint Francis or to reserve a table for the 2025 Friends Gala to be held March 1, contact Nate Gautier at 573-331-3187 or