The Hillsboro Area Health Foundation annual Valentine Gala had a different feel this year. Instead of celebrity waiters in vests and bow ties, this year’s event featured a few hearty volunteers wearing face masks and braced for the cold.
The annual fundraiser was Saturday, Feb. 13, at The Event Center in Taylor Springs, but featured a drive-through dinner and on-line auction.
Although much was different, much more was the same: the gala featured a sumptuous prime rib and chicken dinner provided by Milanos Catering, and proceeds funded a community need.
“Proceeds this year help support The Blues Program, a youth-based mental health intervention program, the second phase of the school district’s Sources of Strength (SOS) program funded by last year’s gala,” event planner Barbara Boston said.
“The SOS program, which started November 2020, trains teachers, school staff members and student peer leaders to guide activities to help prevent serious mental health-related outcomes. The Blues Program will train hospital mental health personnel to intervene as needed with student sidentified by the school. These programs work hand-in-hand.”
Boston said this year’s event grossed $40,000 including dinner and auction ticket sales, auction proceeds, donations, fund-a-need and sponsorship dollars.
Headline sponsors were First Community Bank of Hillsboro, Hillsboro Community School District administrators and board members, Springfield Clinic in Hillsboro Drs. Doug Byers, Josh Billington, Ben Cady and Brian Cady, Sullivan Drugs, and CTI.
Level 2 sponsors were Bank of Hillsboro, B&B Designs, Hillsboro Breakfast Sertoma, The Journal-News, Hillsboro Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center, Hurst-Rosche, Steve Janssen Pioneer Seed, McKay Napa Auto Parts.
Level 3 sponsors were HSHS Family Medicine providers Dr. Kate Endicott and Megan Adams, APRN, Brown’s Insurance, CNB Bank & Trust, Family Eye Care, First National Bank of Nokomis, Hayes Abrasives, TCCU.
The event also benefitted from dozens and dozens of donors and volunteers.