2021 Gala Nets over $190,000 for Patient Support Funds
Participants from near and far joined online for the televised, aka virtual NCMC Foundation Gala, MadMen presented by The Weld Trust on Saturday, January 30, 2021. Although the 32nd Annual NCMC Foundation Gala looked much different than in previous years, it was very successful in reaching nearly 1,200 participants and raising over $190,000 net proceeds for Patient Support Funds held at the NCMC Foundation. These funds are critical in assisting patients receiving treatment for cancer or other serious medical conditions with needs such as mortgage or rent payments, utility bills, counseling services, or other hardships such as transportation, clothing, and food.
There was no ballroom to transform into the MadMen 1960s era, however guests were still encouraged to dress up and host their own parties at home. VIP guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, wine, and Old-Fashioned cocktails. Participants had the opportunity to bid on nearly 70 unique auction items including a Tuscany Truffle Hunt package, autographed memorabilia, spa packages, and more. During the televised live event, guests were welcomed by NCMC Foundation CEO, Jeff Carlson, as well as Honorary Chair, Jean Morrell who shared her own story and inspiring message. Inspirational guest speaker Adam Sharkey spoke of what is known as Murphy’s Law, “If it can go wrong, it will”. His message of hope for those in the fight of their life, and the need for giving back is an everyday destiny that must be filled by helping neighbors, family, and friends. Virtual attendees joined in a zoom wall toast with hosts Autumn Kersey and David McKinzie, and one lucky attendee won a Japanese Akoya Pearl necklace donated by Weiss Jewelers valued at $2,200. The evening ended with a paddle raise and video to Frank Sinatra’s hit song Fly Me to the Moon, produced by Moments Notice & Company featuring the acting skills of Matt Bergen and voice of Hunter Hall.
“This year’s Gala was very different, but nonetheless incredible”, said NCMC Foundation Development Program Director, Diana Wood. “I’m especially thankful for our Honorary Chair, Jean Morrell and Corporate Chair, Rose Stoller. As we navigated the virtual event world, they were instrumental in championing the Foundation and our fundraising cause. Because of the generosity of so many individuals and businesses in our community, the Foundation can continue helping others in their time of need. I am truly thankful for our sponsors, underwriters, donors, and committee members for their ongoing support.”
The NCMC Foundation, founded in 1975, has served as NCMC’s philanthropic partner in supporting healthcare at North Colorado Medical Center and in the community. During that time, the NCMC Foundation has been entrusted as stewards of over $55 million in charitable gifts.
Good Neighbor Fund Recipient
“I wanted to thank you all for your help in my time of extreme need while I try to heal from this cancer. This donation to my landlord saved me from worry about living at home. Thanks everyone for working and helping with my need at this time.”
– Katherine K.