'Image of Success' theme of hospital's Gala XV event on Saturday

After more than a year of preparation and planning by the Friends of the Hospital, Hill Country Memorial Hospital Foundation’s Gala XV will take place Saturday, Oct. 19, at The Lodge Event Center at Country Inn & Cottages.

This year’s theme is “The Image of Success,” according to Amanda Stevens, executive director of the HCMH Foundation.

“Proceeds from Gala XV will support the purchase of a much-needed computed tomography (CT) scanner,” Stevens said. “The funds raised will provide a substantial contribution toward making this goal a reality.”

The main Gala XV event features fine dining, live music and dancing. Guests will bid on 75 auction items that include original art, historic heirlooms, a scooter, a Kawasaki mule, gourmet meals and vacation getaways.

The gala will be one of the first major events held at Jeff and Amy Mazurek’s new Lodge Event Center at Country Inn & Cottages.

The 9,000-square-foot building features Douglas fir beams, Hackett Brown Stone façade, massive Tuscan iron doors, a custom-made bar of locally-salvaged longleaf pine, and a courtyard with Hill Country vistas.

Penny Reeh, reservations chairman and gala co-chairman, reminded women this will be a “Hill Country” event, with activities held both indoors and outdoors on patios and under tents, so they should wear appropriate footwear. She also noted that the gala is sold out.

The foundation held a special pre-gala luncheon last Friday. One hundred guests attended the event held at Hoffman Haus, with catering by August E’s.

A Patron Party for gala underwriters takes place at the home of Karen and Danny Gotcher on Thursday, underwritten and hosted by the Gotchers and Carol Ann Shepherd.

Gala XV chairmen are Jim and Estela Avery; co-chairmen are Neal Reeh and Penny Reeh. Honorary chairmen are Dr. Robert and Kathy Murray.

The goal of all 2013 Gala events is $550,000. Since the original gala in 1987, the biennial events have raised over $2 million in support of hospital projects.

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