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Evangelical Gala Exceeds $100,000 in Support of Evangelical’s Cancer Services

Mar 10, 2015 09:48AM ● By Erica Shames

Evangelical Community Hospital’s signature celebration, the Evangelical Gala, was held on Saturday, March 7, and raised more than $105,000, the highest amount ever raised at the event.

Proceeds from this year’s Gala —including ticket sales, auctions bids, and donations— will support Evangelical’s cancer care initiatives. Committed to providing families of the Greater Susquehanna Valley with personalized and state-of-the-art cancer services, Evangelical Community Hospital has been growing its oncology programming through new services and partnerships to assist patients and caregivers with a variety of cancer diagnoses.

Evangelical is broadening the scope of care for cancer patients and their loved ones with access to leading-edge technology, life-saving treatment options, genetic testing, and research trials, as well as pioneering survivorship support programming.

The well-attended, Roaring ‘20s toned Gala, held at Larison Hall on the Bucknell University campus, saw nearly 300 people in their finest attire enjoying the evening of silent auction, dinner, and dancing. Stantec was the 2015 Grand Sponsor for the event.

“More than 1 million people in the United States get cancer each year,” said Angela Motto, Gala co-chair. “Our committee couldn’t think of a more profound area of medical care to support with the funds raised from the event. We immediately got to work setting a goal to raise more than we’ve ever raised before to meet the needs of our community.”

“The Evangelical Gala continues to be the signature fundraising event for the Hospital,” said Donna Schuck, Associate Vice President/Chief Development Officer for Evangelical Community Hospital. “We are so thankful for the ongoing support we receive each and every year.  Reaching our fundraising goal wouldn’t be possible without the help of many; the committee members who work so hard for the event to go flawlessly, our sponsors, businesses, individuals who make donations, and the guests who attend for a night of entertainment and to support their community hospital.”

The silent auction was powered by BidPal, a mobile bidding system, again this year. Guests were encouraged to bring their smartphones to bid on fantastic items and experiences including trips, jewelry, and artwork. The high-tech bidding program allowed guests to competitively keep up with real-time bid changes and make sure they were in the running for the items that interested them most. For those without smartphones, BidPal kiosks were available to place bids.

In addition to Angela Motto, Jodi Batman also served as a co-chair for the event and together they led a committee of volunteers and staff in planning the festivities. Other committee members included, Lise Barrick, Tabitha Geise, Sabra Karr, Teresa Keeley, Brandy Kift, Shannon Moyers, Sheri Rippon, Donna Schuck, Heather Snyder, Julia Stefan, and Ali Stevens.

The event was made possible not only by the support of Stantec, but by other major, local sponsors including the Degenstein Foundation, The Quandel Group, Inc., The Northumberland National Bank, VNA Health System, Mifflinburg Bank and Trust, and Geisinger.

A full gallery of event photos are available at

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