Place your bid to benefit hospital

Published 7:46 pm Friday, February 6, 2009

A variety of silent and live auction items will be offered up for bids at Memorial Hospital and Manor’s Gala XX, which will be held at the Kirbo Regional Center at Bainbridge College Thursday, Feb. 12.

Gala Auction Chairman Jean Reynolds has compiled a diversified group of items for ladies, men and families.

Live auction items for the black-tie extravaganza include a Remington 1100 G3 12-gauge shotgun donated by the medical staff of Memorial Hospital and Manor, with special thanks to Southern Trading Company.

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Ken Markham of Kres Jewelers is once again creating and donating an original jewelry design for the Gala.

Other live auction donations include a beach vacation, a mountain retreat, an elegant dinner, and a half-day quail hunt for four at Southwinds Plantation.

Almost 50 silent auction items also await bids from Gala patrons.

There will be plenty of opportunities to place bids for everything from art to antiques, portraits to parties, facials to food, or even hunting trips, boating trips, deer processing and home decor, all to benefit the Memorial Hospital and Manor Foundation.

All proceeds from the auction and ticket sales will fund the purchase of needed equipment for the hospital including a Philips TC70 EKG System for Respiratory Therapy, a LaserPrism with AIM System-Laser/E-Stim Combo Unit for the Rehabilitation Department, and two Drager Medical C2000 Isolette incubators for the Kirbo Women’s Center nursery.

During the Gala’s 19-year history, the Memorial Hospital and Manor Foundation has donated almost $900,000 for equipment purchases at Memorial Hospital and Manor, including a new Neoprobe 2000 Gamma Probe Detection Device, a 12-bed Medical Telemetry Monitoring System, a Holter Monitoring System, a new video endoscopy system for general and orthopedic surgery, TotalCare ICU beds and ventilators, a Dexascan unit for osteoporosis screening, a pulmonary function system, a gastroscope and a colonoscope for diagnostic testing, a cryostat for on-site frozen section evaluation of biopsies, and a portable X-ray unit.

These equipment purchases have enabled Memorial Hospital and Manor to better serve the community by offering state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment options for patients.

Gala XX will include an elegant dinner and musical entertainment, as well as the silent and live auctions.

Memorial Hospital and Manor Dining Services Director Suzan Yates and her staff will serve Gala patrons an elegant dinner beginning with canapés, crme asparagus soup, and spinach salad with hot bacon dressing. Gala patrons will then enjoy an entrée of rack of lamb with mint glaze, harvest rice pilaf, stuffed fire-roasted sweet pepper, snow peas with citrus butter, petite croissant and pyramid noisette for dessert.

Aaron Seiler and the Ravel Quartet, a string quarter from the Florida State University, will provide musical entertainment during the Silent Auction, beginning at 6 p.m.