Over $360,000 raised during CHI Saint Joseph Health Foundations event
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The CHI Saint Joseph Health Foundations raised more than $360,000 during the “Evening of Hope” statewide fundraising event on Saturday, May 15. The event’s proceeds will help CHI Saint Joseph Health cancer patients and their families across the state, including in Lexington.
The event was held as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in place of annual in-person galas and fundraising events. 50 hosts across Kentucky held an Evening of Hope dinner party for around 700 guests statewide. The event included a silent auction, a mission moment and inspiring stories of hope.
“We are so grateful to our communities for their generous support,” said Leslie Smart, CFRE, president, CHI Saint Joseph Health Foundations. “With the COVID-19 pandemic, we had to envision new ways to bring people together to celebrate their support for the patients we serve. Evening of Hope will help cancer patients and their families. We are humbled by the generosity of our hosts, our sponsors and everyone who attended a party or participated in our silent auction.”
More than 26,000 new cancer cases were diagnosed in Kentucky in 2020. The affiliation between CHI Saint Joseph Health and Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center has allowed Central Kentucky physicians the opportunity to consult with leading sub-specialists at one of the top 5 cancer centers in the country. Support for Evening of Hope will directly benefit patients being treated for cancer across all of the CHI Saint Joseph Health facilities and offers them hope for their journey ahead.
During the event, hosts and attendees heard local stories of hope and the effect CHI Saint Joseph Health – Cancer Care has had on patients. The collection of premier items featured at the Evening of Hope Silent Auction were valued at nearly $50,000; the silent auction raised $60,835 toward that final total.
Sponsors of the Evening of Hope virtual event include Central Kentucky Radiology, PLLC (Champagne and Sweet Treat Sponsor), CHI Saint Joseph Medical Group (Mission Moment Sponsor), Hillenmeyer (Video Sponsor), Boone’s Butcher Shop (Charcuterie Sponsor), Pathology & Cytology Laboratories, Inc. (Stories of Hope Sponsor), along with 25 additional sponsors.