Although there's been no formal announcement made about how much money was raised, the sixth-annual gala to benefit the Jefferson County Fourth Street Health Center in Steubenville appeared to be a success on many levels.
No fooling - April 1st, the day of the gala held at St. Florian Hall in Wintersville - was truly a special evening.
The turnout was great, and the spirit of a giving, supportive community seemed very evident, very strong for this 6-year-old nonprofit facility that provides access to quality health care to the medically uninsured and underserved in Jefferson County.
YOUNG AMBASSADORS — The Jefferson County Fourth Street Health Center’s sixth-annual gala fundraiser Sunday at St. Florian Hall in Wintersville was an evening that included acknowledgement of the Young Ambassadors, area high school students who help raise funds for the center. They are, from left, front, Katiri Snyder, Mollie Metcalf, Marissa Matics, Misty Brake, Emily Albaugh, Sarah Seabright, LaShauna Wilson, and back, Levi Flesher, Anthony Young, Ben Miller and David Quillen.
-- Janice R. Kiaski
Kudos to Ann Quillen, the center's executive director, for her report presented via a Power Point presentation set to music that told well the story and mission of the center, its volunteers who gave in excess of 5,500 hours, and its future plans for a dental clinic, an expanded charitable pharmacy and mental health services. These are exciting times for the center at 701 N. Fourth St., the site of what used to be a little luncheonette on a corner.
The gala combined a wonderful dinner and the presentation of awards. They went to Patricia Fletcher, the volunteer honoree who is credited with the gala implemented as the key fundraiser and for launching the Young Ambassadors program; nurse practitioner Kathi Harris, medical honoree; and Starkdale Presbyterian Church, community honoree.
The evening also included a live auction led by John Westling with help from Dale Featheringham; the sale of 500 mystery boxes at $10 each, what can buy two prescriptions, gala committee member Beth Warren so aptly pointed out in her sales pitch appeal to gala attendees; the acknowledgment of sponsors; and the introduction of the 12 Young Ambassadors from area high schools who raised - a roll of the drum, please - more than $8,000.
The Young Ambassadors compete for scholarship money in the process with the top finishers announced for the Dr. Patricia Fletcher Young Ambassador Scholarship Award: Misty Brake, first place; Mollie Metcalf, second place; and Ben Miller, third place. The sophomore winner, LaShauna Wilson, receives a gift certificate.
Duke Provenzano provided piano music during the social hour while Andy and Dr. Mary Mihalyo, gala co-chairs, welcomed the attendees, among the many to say two words heard many times over throughout the evening - thank you.
Mary Mihalyo noted the irony of the Palm Sunday Mass she attended had included the Scripture reading referencing how the poor will always be among us. That so many chose to attend signals support to help that population among us.
Shelby Zarotney served as mistress of ceremonies while Bruce Misselwtiz, board president, introduced the board that also includes Dave Arnold, vice president; Dr. Frank Petrola, medical director; Tom Timmons, treasurer; Dr. Mary Mihalyo, pharmacy director; Ann Quillen, executive director; and board members James Baber, Linda Bain, Dr. Thomas Brown, Carolyn Buchanan, Robin Flohr, Patricia Fletcher, Tom Graham, Anita Jackson, Patty Reda, Janet Sharpe, LeRoy Sharpe and Debbie Welsch.
To all those who give of themselves to make the center a reality, a job well done.
But there's always room for more.
If you want to become involved, you're only a phone call away from making a difference - (740) 283-2856.