Outpouring of Generosity Marks 10th Annual Brian Gilbert Memorial Tournament and Fundraising Weekend.
June 2017 - The morning of the WMC Foundation's 10th Annual Brian Gilbert Memorial Tournament dawned warm and clear, a perfect setting for golf. Eight teams took to the links in support of the Foundation's tournament and fundraising weekend; and, while no one managed to snag one of the two $25,000 hole in one prizes, the beautiful weather helped everyone feel like a winner!
The magical atmosphere continued that evening at the Awards Banquet/Live Auction where Auctioneer David Goodman brought humor and a touch of magic to the event. Generous donations of auction items from the community - including Seahawks tickets donated by Bobs' IGA, a hand-quilted masterpiece by Carol Haaseth and two fifty pound boxes of seafood from SeaLevel Seafoods (please click here for the full list of donors and sponsors) made this an event for the record books. A special gift of $10,000 from Nancy Murkowski's Waterfall Foundation set a great example for attendees who opened their wallets even further and gave generously amounting to a total donation of just over $35,000 for the evening.
Proceeds from this event go to support the Foundation's Cancer Care, Scholarship and New Building funds. Cancer Care has helped 84 recipients with over $71,000 in aid in the last 10 years and three Wrangell students have been awarded scholarships amounting to $500/year for two years since 2015. As the hospital project gets a second look, funds are being set aside for the eventual construction of a replacement facility for the current hospital.
"We are so blessed, in Wrangell, to have neighbors that truly care for one another and who strongly support the efforts of the Wrangell Medical Center Foundation to make our community and region a better place to live," says committee member Kris Reed, "and we couldn't do this without the continued, generous support of our sponsors and the community members and businesses who donate items for the auctions."
In addition to the auctions, the awards banquet recognized the Janet Buness Award winner, Katrina Ottesen, RN, who was nominated for her outstanding record of involvement in bringing ever higher levels of medical care to the community. Katrina has recently concluded a 9-month course where she brought four Wrangell High School students through a Certified Nursing Assistant training, culminating in the students being ready to sit for the State CNA Licensing exam. She has taken over the role of Emergency Preparedness Coordinator for the hospital and worked, earlier in the year, to help implement an Electronic Medical Records system for Wrangell Medical Center's Long Term Care.
Closing out the evening were the awards for the golf tournament, with the final award, the "Rear Raven", going to the team of Scott Glaze, Bailey Koepernick, Jim and Betty Abbott. Many of the tournament's award-winning teams donated their winnings back to the Foundation - helping make the Foundation the biggest winner of the evening.
"A huge "thank you" the community for their support and generosity in this, our 10th anniversary year! I look forward to what the next ten years will bring," said Patty Gilbert, WMC Foundation Board President.
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