27th annual Gala for Giving exceeds $85,000 in support of local patients
Under-insured and uninsured patients in Portage County will be provided additional access to basic medical resources due to the support generated by the 27th annual Gala for Giving held Saturday, Nov. 5, at SentryWorld.
More than $85,000 was raised by more than 150 attendees at the annual black-tie event hosted by Saint Michael’s Foundation. Money raised will support the Patient Services Fund, which provides support for local patients who do not have the means to pay for their basic healthcare needs at Ministry St. Michael’s Hospital and Ministry Medical Group, part of Ascension.
“Those who are faced with challenges and adversities should not let their health be the last thing they attend to,” said Angie Heuck, Saint Michael’s Foundation director. “More often than you can imagine people have hard choices to make, so they don’t come in to the doctor or don’t have the necessary transportation to even get to a medical facility. These are true stories that are happening each week. Right here, in our community.”
Each year the Gala for Giving raises awareness and funds for a local healthcare-related cause. In its 27-year history, more than $750,000 has been raised by Saint Michael’s Foundation with all funds utilized to support programs and services in the greater Stevens Point community.
“This support as the result of the Gala for Giving will help alleviate the financial burden for many individuals and families in the community,” said Dr. Christopher “Kit” Swiecki, Saint Michael’s Foundation board chair and Ministry Medical Group surgeon on staff at St. Michael’s. “We know our neighbors, and we care for them, and this event is a testament to the generous support we receive from our community.”
Saint Michael’s Foundation encourages charitable support to meet the health care needs of the community. For more information, call 715-343-3259 or learn more online at ministryhealth.org/SMH/SaintMichaelsFoundation.nws.