The Friends Gala Virtual Auction was held August 9 to 25 and raised more than $100,000 for Saint Francis Foundation. The event marked the sixth year of the fundraising event The Friends Gala, but this was the first year in a virtual format.
Jimmy Wilferth, Vice President of Marketing and Foundation at Saint Francis Healthcare System, said of the event, “The circumstances are different this year, but the needs remain the same. The money and resources we raised as a result provide not only the much needed rehab, medicine, equipment and general finances necessary to regain optimal health after a major life event, it provides hope. Hope is the expectation of a positive outcome, and provides the strength necessary to fight and believe like never before. That is when healing has the upper hand.”
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.