Hospital Foundation Events raise over $30,000

 Saturday, October 10, 2015, was the single-day largest fundraising event in the history of Marcum & Wallace Memorial Hospital (MWMH). The MWMH Foundation hosted the Chip in for the Cure Golf Scramble and a Pink Paradise Luau (presented by Citizens Guaranty Bank) at the Estill County Golf Club. The events combined to raise over $30,000 to kick off the campaign for 3D mammography technology at MWMH.

“If you asked around, there are probably few people that haven’t been impacted by breast cancer,” said Susan Starling, MWMH President & CEO. “We are especially thankful to Kathy Samples and Rodney Davis for the vision of this community fundraising event that will have a direct benefit to Marcum and Wallace patients. Every dollar raised on Saturday and over the next year will go towards our campaign to bring 3D mammography to Marcum and Wallace Hospital.”

For nearly sixty years, MWMH has been dedicated to a tradition of access to care for the patients of this region. The MWMH Foundation Campaign for 3D mammography, the newest technology on the market, will serve the communities by providing access to technology that detects breast cancer earlier. Early detection is an important piece of the fight against breast cancer. A screening mammogram each year is one of the most important things that a woman can do for her health.

The day started with the Chip in for the Cure golf scramble that included 52 golfers. They were treated to a special lunch from the Apollo Pizza truck. Every player received a gift bag sponsored by: Allergy, Asthma & Immunology; Apollo Pizza; Citizens Guaranty Bank; Davis Law; Frogg Togg; and Southeast Apparatus. The Beverage Cart sponsor was Estill Medical Clinic. Special event holes were a Hole in One with the chance to win a 2015 Chrysler 200 sponsored by Tanner Chrysler Dodge Jeep (no winner); Longest Drive sponsored by Citizens Guaranty Bank (winner of the Cobra Cell driver was Steven Mainous), Closest to the Pin sponsored by Southeast Apparatus ($100 donation was made to the MWMH Foundation in honor of winner Butch Coleman); and the Putting Contest was organized by Denny Smith (winner of the restaurant gift card was Jody Collett).

Special thank you to the Estill County Golf Club (Jack Dice, Kathy Collett and Denny Smith) and scramble organizer Scott Webb. Also thanks to the individuals who donated use of their personal golf carts.

Hole sponsors for the event: Bobby Carol Noland (In Memory of Clarence Noland), Citizens Guaranty Bank, In Memory of Lisa Perkins Witterstaetter (From: Dan, Debby, Steve, Terri, and Greg), In Honor of Marilyn Raider (From: Steve & Carolyn Perkins), Big Katz Auto, Whitaker Bank, Hardy Propane Gas, Dr. William Witt, Spencer Drug (Madison Drug, Irvine Health Mart, Estill Clinic Pharmacy), Ernie & Jan Davis, Citizens Bank & Trust Co., The Twin, Jackson Energy, Piper & Bowers, P.S.C., Marcum & Wallace Hospital employees, In Loving Memory of Kristi Smith Wainscott (From: Mom & Dad), First Due Fire & Rescue Equipment, Premier Home Care Rehab Services, Mercy Medical Clinic of Powell County, MedCost and West Coast Central.

Team Sponsors: AbleCare, Big Katz Auto, Citizens Bank & Trust Co., Citizens Guaranty Bank, Davis Law, Irvine Nursing & Rehab, MedCost, Tanner Chrysler Dodge Jeep, Team Harrison, Team Estes, Team Blackwell, Whitaker Bank and Spencer Drug. The winning team (by coin flip) was Team Estes (players: Chris Estes, Jason Meyers, Jason Johnson and Richard Snowden). The second place team was Team Blackwell (players: Earl Blackwell, Kelbie Robinson, Ralph Howe and Bill Jones). The third place team (by coin flip) was the Spencer Drug team (players: John Spencer, Dave Jennings, Artie White and Stuart Witt). The fourth place team was the Citizens Bank & Trust Team (players: Jimmy Kiser, Greg Snowden, Ashley Witt and Jared Kiser).

The golf course grounds were transformed into a paradise and 175 guests received an island-style welcome from the music of the Caribbean Blues Band from Lexington and a traditional pig roast and luau foods from Bayou Bluegrass Catering from Lexington. The Pink Paradise Luau included caricatures for guests, sponsored by Robbie and Susan Starling in honor/memory of long-time MWMH supporter Clarence Noland. The luau also included special program that recognized breast cancer survivors: Susan Smith, Janice Shoemaker, Linda Crowe, Rachel Means, Tara Newman, Janet Dixon and Kim Miller.

The live auction netted over $11,000 and featured various donated experiences and items: a week stay at a Miami Condo (Donated by Dr. Iraklis Livas), Cliffview zip lining and lodging (Donated by Cliffview), Next Gen aviation flight experience (Donated by Next Gen), weekend getaway at Green Pastures cabin (Donated by Doug & Ruth Mays), UK basketball tickets (Donated by Representative Cluster Howard), Maker’s Mark dipped and autographed UK basketball and football (Donated by Divine Soiree), breast cancer quilt (Donated by Cynthia & Walter Neal and Yvonne Dragoo), and Bengals tickets (Donated by Ben & Elizabeth Walling).

The silent auction netted over $5,000 and featured various donated experiences including an over-night stay and lunch at Snug Hollow (Donated by Snug Hollow), an overnight stay at the river-front Hart Farm (Donated by Tom & Sarah Hart), Lexington Legends (Donated by Lexington Legends) and UK basketball tickets (Donated by Michael Woolery). The silent auction also included various theme baskets and other items including Carhartt jackets (Donated by Carhartt), an autographed Coach Calapari basketball (Donated by Leslie and Jimmie Foster, MD), a country ham (Donated by Priceless Foods), pottery (Donated by Bill & Mary Lou Witt), a tricycle and fountain (Donated by Meade’s Do-It Center).

Special thank you for the generous support from our sponsors: Citizens Bank & Trust Co. of Jackson and Beattyville, Tanner Ram Dodge Chrysler Jeep of Stanton, Spencer Drug (Madison Drug, Irvine Health Mart, Estill Clinic Pharmacy), Fifth Third Bank, MedCost, Marcum & Wallace Hospital Auxiliary, Steven Grinnell (President & CEO, Mercy Health – Paducah & Irvine), Piper & Bowers PSC, Estill County Chiropractic, Divine Soiree – Events by Amber, Baptist Health Heart Care, Estill Medical Clinic, Ann & Earl Blackwell, EMP, Robert & Janet Smith, Davis Law, River City Players, Big Katz Auto, Hardy Oil, Bluegrass Renal Care, Dr. Maher Kassis, Marcum & Wallace Hospital employees and every individual that supported the golf scramble and/or luau by attending.

The events would not have been possible without many in-kind supporters including Ethan Moore with 104.9 WSKV FM (sound sponsor), Lauren Rothenhauser with Illumi Studio (photography sponsor), Sugar and Spice Catering (dessert sponsor), Southeast Apparatus (sign sponsor), Priceless Foods, Kroger (Richmond), Estill County Tribune, Citizens Voice & Times, Three Forks Tradition, Beattyville Enterprise, High bridge Spring Water, Wallingford Broadcasting, Estill County ASAP Board, Twin Cedars, Estill County Rescue Squad, Canteen, Advanced Disposal and the MWMH Management Team.

“The response to the events has been overwhelming,” said Arielle Estes, MWMH Foundation Director. “I can’t think of a better way to launch our fundraising campaign and I sincerely thank everyone for their support so far. We hope to make this an annual event.”

For more information about how to support the Marcum & Wallace Hospital Foundation Campaign for 3D mammography, contact Arielle Estes at 606-726-2119 orarestes@mercy.com