Hospital Foundation Events raise over $50,000

Saturday, October 15, 2016, was the single-day largest fundraising event in the history of Marcum & Wallace Memorial Hospital (MWMH). The MWMH Foundation hosted the second annual 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 $50,000 to benefit the campaign for 3D mammography technology at MWMH. 3D mammography is the newest technology available to detect breast cancer at the earliest possible stage, when it’s often more easily treated.

“If you asked around, there are probably few people that haven’t been impacted by breast cancer,” said Susan Starling, MWMH President & CEO. “Current statistics show that nearly one in every eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during her lifetime. Women in our rural community deserve access to the same breast cancer screening technology as women in urban areas. Every dollar raised on Saturday will benefit our campaign for 3D mammography. The total project cost is nearly $450,000.”

“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,” said Arielle Estes, MWMH Director of Development. “The response from the community to support these events has been inspiring. I want to sincerely thank everyone who supported the events through sponsorships, attending the event or donating items for the live and silent auctions.” 
MWMH is a part of Mercy Health System, based in Cincinnati, Ohio. MWMH and Lourdes Hospital in Paducah are the only Kentucky facilities. A system-wide fundraising program called “Mercy Health Mission Partners” allowed 100% of all event proceeds to go directly towards the campaign for 3D mammography. (Mercy Health Mission Partners: Cincinnati Bell, MedPace, Cushman & Wakefield, Fifth Third Bank, Danis, Johnson & Johnson, Cisco, Paradigm Radiology, and Medtronics.)

The day started with the Chip in for the Cure golf scramble that included 44 golfers. They were treated to lunch from the Apollo/Steam Engine Pizza truck. The Beverage Cart sponsor was Estill Medical Clinic. Special event holes were a Hole in One with the chance to win a 2016 Jeep Cherokee sponsored by Tanner Chrysler Dodge Jeep (no winner); Longest Drive sponsored by Kentucky Ale (winner of the Nike golf club bag was Jared Kiser), Closest to the Pin sponsored by Southeast Apparatus ($100 donation was made to the MWMH Foundation in honor of winner Budd Tucker); and the Putting Contest sponsored by Citizens Guaranty Bank was organized by Denny Smith (winner of the putter was Darrell Billings). 

Special thank you to the Estill County Golf Club (Justin Snowden and Kathy Collett) and scramble organizer Denny Smith. Also thanks to the individuals who donated use of their personal golf carts and the individuals who volunteered to watch the hole-in-one.
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 Care, Estill Clinic Pharmacy and Woodford Pharmacy), Citizens Bank & Trust Co., The Twin, Jackson Energy, Piper & Bowers, P.S.C., First Due Fire & Rescue Equipment, Premier Home Care Rehab Services, Mercy Medical Clinic of Powell County, MedCost and West Coast Central, Tanner Chrysler Dodge Jeep, Hinkle, TechSolve, Marcum & Wallace Ladies Auxiliary, Easter Healthcare Consulting, White House Clinic, Modern Woodmen of American, Stanton Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, and Commonwealth Home Health. Special thanks to Canteen Vending, Pepsi Co. (Winchester), Ale-8-One Bottling Company, Priceless Foods and Highbridge Spring Water.

Also special thanks to sign/banner sponsor Southeast Apparatus and photography sponsor Illumi Studio (Lauren Rothenhauser).
The golf team sponsors were: Big Katz Auto, Citizens Bank & Trust Co., Citizens Guaranty Bank, Davis Law, Holbrook Rentals, Irvine Nursing & Rehab, Spencer Drug, Tanner Chrysler Dodge Jeep, Team Estes, Team Blackwell, and Team Patton. The winning team was Big Katz Auto (players: Brent Mainous, Steven Mainous, Robert Smyth and Scott Webb). The second place team (by coin flip) was Citizens Bank & Trust (players: Jared Kiser, Jimmy Kiser, Greg Snowden and Zack Withers). The third place team was Tanner Dodge (players: Johnny Abney, Darrell Billings, Dustin Billings and David Fraley.)

The golf course grounds were transformed into a paradise and 201 guests received an island-style welcome from the music of the Caribbean Blues Band and a traditional pig roast and luau foods from Bayou Bluegrass Catering. The Pink Paradise Luau included a photo booth 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: Billie Scrivner, Marilyn Raider, Barsha Honchell, Debbie Means and Brenda Johnson.

The live and silent auctions featured various items and experiences donated by community members and hospital personnel. The auctions combined netted over $25,000. The live auction included: a week stay at an ocean-front Costa Rica home(Donated by Dr. Iraklis Livas), weekend getaway at Green Pastures cabin (Donated by Doug & Ruth Mays), UK basketball tickets (Donated by Frank Shoop), Maker’s Mark dipped and autographed UK basketball and football (Donated by Divine Soiree), breast cancer quilt (Donated by Cynthia & Walter Neal), Cleveland Package (Donated by: Rodney and Kim Davis), pink Kate Spade purse (Donated by: Sallee Chrisman), Orlando vacation package (Donated by: Joan Minton and Walt Disney World), a Yeti cooler (Donated by: Dr. Maher Kassis) and a UK Football ticket package (Donated by: Ben & Elizabeth Walling). 
Special thank you for the generous support from our sponsors: (Presenting Sponsor): Citizens Guaranty Bank; (Platinum Sponsors): Citizens Bank & Trust Co. of Jackson and Beattyville and Modern Woodmen; (Gold Sponsors): Robbie & Susan Starling, Tanner Ram Dodge Chrysler Jeep of Stanton, Spencer Drug (Madison Drug, Irvine Health Care, Estill Clinic Pharmacy, and Woodford Family Pharmacy), MedCost, Marcum & Wallace Hospital Auxiliary, Steven Grinnell (President & CEO, Mercy Health – Paducah & Irvine), Piper & Bowers PSC, and Easter Healthcare Consulting; (Bronze Sponsors): Estill County Chiropractic and US Acute Care Solutions; (Table Sponsors): Estill Medical Clinic, Bluegrass Plastic Surgery in honor of breast cancer survivor Susan Smith, Davis Law, Big Katz Auto, Rosemary Barnes, Ann & Earl Blackwell and River City Players. 

The events would not have been possible without many in-kind supporters including Ethan Moore with Pick Up Country 104.9 WSKV FM (sound sponsor), Lauren Rothenhauser with Illumi Studio (photography sponsor), Mary Ann Willis with Sugar and Spice Catering (dessert sponsor), Southeast Apparatus (sign sponsor), Divine Soiree – Events by Amber, Priceless Foods, Kroger (Richmond), Kroger (Stanton) Estill County Tribune, Citizens Voice & Times, Three Forks Tradition, Beattyville Enterprise, Highbridge Springs Water, Wallingford Broadcasting, Estill/Powell County ASAP Board, Twin Cedars, Estill County Rescue Squad, Wallace Taylor, Estill County EMA, Pepsi Co,. (Winchester), Ale-8-One Bottling Company, Advanced Disposal and the MWMH Management Team.
Other supporters of the events include: The Walker Company, The Children’s Clinic, Bluegrass Renal Care, Stericycle, Daniel & Cynthia Callahan, Curtis & Sue Davis, and Ernie & Jan Davis.

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