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Evangelical’s Midsummer Night’s Dream-Themed 2020 Gala Event Set

Jan 22, 2020 09:53AM ● By Erica Shames

The 2020 Evangelical Gala will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2020, at Bucknell University’s Elaine Langone Center. The Gala begins with a 6 p.m. beer and wine cocktail hour and a silent auction, followed by dinner and dancing to music provided by Body & Soul, out of Albany, New York. The eight-piece high energy party band specializes in Top 40, Rock, R&B, and Motown party tunes.

Proceeds from this year’s Gala, including ticket sales, auction, sponsorships, and donations will support the Enhancing the Evangelical Experience campaign. The campaign includes growing the Hospital through its valuable efforts, including the Thyra M. Humphreys Center for Breast Health, Hospice of Evangelical, The Family Place, Community Health and Wellness, and direct charity care. A portion of the funds will also serve to fund the Hospital’s most ambitious building project in its history – PRIME (Patient Room Improvement, Modernization, and Enhancement).

Tickets are $150 per person. The menu for the evening includes a choice of braised beef short rib with cherry reduction; pan seared trout with tomato, artichoke, and olive pan sauce; or quinoa stuffed eggplant rollatini with red wine tomato sauce and wilted greens. A delectable table of desserts top off the meal.

The silent auction will be powered by OneCause, creator of the mobile bidding system BidPal, again this year. Guests are encouraged to bring their smartphones to bid on fantastic items including trips, memorabilia, and fun dining experiences. Two of this year’s featured items include a four-night stay in a South Bethany, Delaware, beach home and an Italian dinner for six prepared in the winner’s home by Isabella Restaurant’s Domenico Napoli.

Auction items will be added as they become available prior to the event and everyone, attendees and non-attendees alike, are invited to browse and bid using the online system. The winners of the items will be determined by the highest bidder by the end of the event.

Pre-Gala, community members are invited to take part in a London getaway raffle. Tickets for this four-night stay for two at an upscale London hotel are on sale now for $50 each and can be purchased from a Gala committee member or by calling 570-522-4850. The estimated value of the trip is $2,500 and must be booked and taken by March 1, 2021. Only 250 tickets are being sold for a chance to win this prize, which will be announced at the event and the winner need not be present to win.

Tickets to the black-tie optional event will go on sale on January 27, 2020, at 10 a.m. Ticket purchases will be completed on a first-come, first-served basis and can be made online or by calling 570-522-4850.

For more information on the 2020 Evangelical Gala including reserving your seat to support Evangelical’s growth and valuable community programs and bidding on the available auction items through OneCause, visit

Evangelical is a non-profit organization that employs over 1,900 individuals and has more than 170 employed and non-employed physicians on staff. The Hospital is licensed to accommodate 132 overnight patients, 12 acute rehab patients, and 18 bassinets. The Hospital serves residents throughout the Central Susquehanna Valley, including those living in Snyder, Union, Northumberland, and Lycoming counties.  

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