The Ashley County Health Foundation hosted its annual gala on Friday night and raised more than $50,000.

The event, which was in the Mia Rose Hollis Memorial Garden, is put on annually by the foundation on the last Friday in April. This year marked the Ashley County Health Foundation’s 20th annual event.

Chairman of the Ashley County Health Foundation Lori Walsh and ACMC Chief of Staff Dr. Mark Malloy gave the opening remarks before Chancellor of the University of Arkansas for Medical Science Dr. Cam Patterson was welcomed as the evening’s speaker.

The event featured a silent and live auction with live auctioneer, Rusty Johnson, and all of the proceeds will benefit the Ashley County Health Foundation.

ACMC Marketing Director Caitlin Martin said the event raised approximately $53,000.

“Friday night’s fundraiser was a huge success,” Walsh said. “We deeply appreciate the support of our sponsors and auction donors as well as everyone who attended and we hope to make it even bigger in 2020.”

The money is raised not for general hospital operation expenses, but instead for “extras” or items not included in the budget to be purchased with tax dollars.

In the past, the money has been used to purchase things like furniture to make things more comfortable for the patients, baby items for the patients in the nursery or used to fund gift bags for patients seeking continuous treatments.

The foundation board members are Walsh, Macy Gibson, James Phifer, Jerry Selby, Billie Selby, Marsha Scott, Dawn Reed, Mary Lawrence, Michelle Richards, Connie Timmons and Mandy Smith.

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