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Gala event set Feb. 24 to benefit Syringa Hospital Foundation

Organizers for the Syringa Foundation Gala, set for Feb. 24, show a barbecue that will raffled. Pictured are (L-R) Katy Eimers, Dina Cervantes and Dana Greig.

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Organizers for the Syringa Foundation Gala, set for Feb. 24, show a barbecue that will raffled. Pictured are (L-R) Katy Eimers, Dina Cervantes and Dana Greig.



— If you need an excuse to party and have a good time, Syringa Hospital Foundation will provide one.

The Syringa Hospital Foundation Gala is set for Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Grangeville Event Center (at The Gym), 1005 Highway 13. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

“This is our 25th year to host a gala event,” explained Katy Eimers, human resources director, who — along with board clerk Dina Cervantes and community relations and marketing representative Dana Greig — have been co-chairing the celebration.

Formerly, the event was called Festival of Trees and held in December. Changes were made last year to move the event away from Christmastime. Former foundation director JoAnne Smith moved out of the area and since new director, Kristi Brooks, was just recently hired, Eimers, Cervantes and Groom took on the challenge of putting together this year’s event.

“We’re really excited to offer a fun evening for everyone,” Cervantes said.

The trio describes decorations as “elegant,” which leaves an opportunity for those attending to dress up if they wish, Greig said.

“It’s a great opportunity for dressing up, but it’s also casual enough for everyone to feel comfortable,” she said.

The evening will include about 50 silent auction items and two big-ticket raffle items. In addition, 15-20 dessert auctions will be offered with the ability to “take the cake” for a set price.

“If someone really wants a specific dessert, they will be able to guarantee they get it,” said Eimers. Otherwise, those desserts will also be on silent auction.

Of course, the three said, the main goal is to raise money for the hospital, and specifically to assist in the purchase of cardiac monitoring equipment. However, they also want the evening to be one of celebration and fun.

“The Hitmen will start playing at 8 p.m., and we’ve rented a dance floor that we hope will be filled all night,” Cervantes said.

The Hitmen is a popular regional band who have played several times in Grangeville and offer a wide variety of cover tunes from several decades.

A no-host-bar will be available and Superior Events will be catering the event. Menu will include crab-stuffed mushrooms, shrimp scampi skewers, mini quiches, bourbon meatballs, Irish potato bites, hot parmesan artichoke dip and rosemary bread, and a variety of trifles for dessert. Champagne will also be served at the beginning of the evening.

Tickets for the 21-and-older event are $35 in advance at hospital ($40 at the door) and its outlets and tables of eight can be purchased for $300 to guarantee premium seating and a bottle of champagne.

“We will have a system set up for credit/debit card pay, as well as checks or cash for the evening,” assured Greig.

The women sent out a big thanks to the local business community for its generosity, they said.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at Lindsley’s Home Furnishings, Syringa Business Office, Syringa Primary Care Clinic, and Syringa Kooskia Clinic. Raffle tickets are also available at Pine Tree Community Credit Union and Partsway (NAPA Auto).

For questions or to donate to the event, call 208-983-8573 or send to: Syringa Hospital, 607 W. Main Street, Grangeville, ID 83530, attn. Gala.



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