Annual SMH Foundation Mardi Gras event to raise funds for new boiler

— St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation will hold its annual Mardi Gras fund-raising event March 12 at the Cottonwood Community Hall. Tickets are $35 each and are available at SMH or by calling Natalie Latimer at 962-2463. There is a limited number of tickets being sold

“The Mardi Gras event is especially important this year as the SMH Foundation is raising money to replenish funds spent on a new boiler system for the hospital,” explained Jim Rehder, SMH Foundation Board member. “This is a $239,000 project and the SMH Foundation wants to contribute $160,000. The old system was out-of-date, inefficient, expensive and at constant risk for breaking down. The new system will reduce man hours by 500 and will run at up to 98 percent efficiency. In addition to that, it will ensure that our hospital has heat and warm water to keep our patients as comfortable as possible during the cold winter months.”

“As you all know, the hospital is a major cornerstone to our community and needs our ongoing financial support. I think we can all agree that our non-profit health care facilities, physicians, and staff need our financial support to keep health services operating,” added Rehder.

The St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation Mardi Gras committee has been hard at work planning this event which will start at 5 p.m. with a social hour followed by dinner catered by Taste of Art, silent and live auctions, dancing and casino games. The dress for this event is dressy casual to semiformal.

“We’ve added some new packages to the silent and live auctions this year and we think this is going to be a really fun and exciting event!” said Matt Forge, CAO of SMH. “We hope to see everyone there that night and really appreciate the support of our sponsors and everyone who has contributed an auction item.”

Sponsorship opportunities are still available by contacting Ashley Steinbruecker at 476-8033 or Latimer.

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