Emanuel Medical Center reported on Tuesday that their recent holiday gala, the Festival of Trees, raised a record $284,665. Every dollar goes to support Hospice of Emanuel.
“It was an amazing and wonderful event,” said Shirley Pok, Emanuel’s Vice President of Development. “Attendance was up, auction sales were up and the amount of money we raised for Hospice of Emanuel is more than $25,000 higher than last year and the most ever.”
The black tie gala was held Dec. 4 at the Assyrian American Civic Club in Turlock, with a theme of “Beatles Tribute – Ticket to Ride.”
Pok said 577 guests bought tickets and attended, and on-site auctions generated $62,000 more.
For Dr. James McLaren, medical director for Hospice of Emanuel, the results are a holiday blessing.
“This is the single biggest fundraiser for Hospice of Emanuel, so for us the Festival of Trees is the most important date on our calendar,” he said. “The money raised that night helps us provide caring hospice services for every family in our area who needs them, regardless of their ability to pay.”
Hospice of Emanuel provides care for people in the last phases of an incurable disease, helping them live as fully and comfortably as possible and leave this life with a sense of fulfillment and dignity. Clinical professionals and volunteers team with families throughout the entire process of death and provide support group and bereavement services following the death of a loved one.
To learn more about Hospice of Emanuel call (209) 664-2550.
Emanuel Medical Center’s Vice President of Development, Shirley Pok, was also fortunate enough to announce in the middle of November that volunteers raised more than $1,007,000 during a six week Legacy Circle fundraising campaign to expand advanced cardiac care at the hospital so no one with a heart-related medical need will have to be transported out of town for treatment.