We hope you and yours have been staying well and healthy during these difficult times. We certainly had high hopes that 2021 would allow us to have an in-person Gala Ball to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the St. Mary’s Healthcare Auxiliary. However, given the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become abundantly clear that we are still unable to safely hold events at this time.
Last year, thanks to your generosity and spirit, we were able to raise over $104,000 for St. Mary’s associates and Wilkinson residents with our “No-Gala” Gala Virtual Silent Auction! That is the most we have raised in quite some time! And, even though we are unable to hold our in-person Gala this year, the need is still very much there. We will be holding our second “No Gala-Gala” Virtual Silent Auction, to begin Thursday, May 6th at noon, and end on Monday, May 10th, 2021 at noon. There will be more information on how to bid and access the silent auction online closer to the event date.
We are always appreciative of the many generous gifts we have received from all of you, our sponsors, and honorary and leadership committee members in years past. With events being canceled, and St. Mary’s fundraising opportunities “on hold” for now, we are humbly asking that you please consider donating your sponsorship, ticket price, or honorary/leadership committee contributions to this year’s silent auction. The funds we raise this year will be used towards our Capital Campaign for the Rao Outpatient Expansion projects. The expansion at the Rao Outpatient Pavilion will help our most vulnerable in the community access all of the necessary healthcare services in one visit, including primary care, behavioral health, pharmaceuticals, medical imaging, cancer medicine, laboratory services, and more. We will also significantly increase the size and scope of our Chemical Dependency Unit in the St. Mary’s Memorial building to address the rapidly growing demand for addiction treatment services. It has always been St. Mary's priority to take care of our associates, patients and residents, and, with your help, we can continue to do so for many years to come.