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Gala to support mammography enhancement


The St. Francis Hospital Foundation along with the SSM Health St. Francis Hospital Auxiliary will host their 18th annual Gala on Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Maryville Comm​unity Center from 6:30 pm until midnight.

​With a theme of "Remembering the Promise," the event will boast vintage décor and relics of proud beginnings. Participants will enjoy a sumptuous buffet catered by Jessica Whaley and The Bread Basket catering service from the hospital. Menu items will include candied bacon, horseradish beef tender sliders, crusted chicken with vintage cheddar and white wine sauce, individual bacon-wrapped meatloaves, and miniature pies served in mason jars. A free champagne punch fountain will also be offered for guests to enjoy.


Entertainment for the evening will be the KC All Stars that has been ranked the #1 live band in Kansas City for four years in a row. The evening's activities will also include a large silent auction and a live auction, featuring a trip to the Fairmont Whistler Ski Resort in Whistler, British Columbia. A three-night stay with airfare to Napa Valley will be raffled off at the end of the evening, and a wine-cork grab will be offered throughout the night. The wine cork grab will allow guests to pay $25 for a 'mystery' bottle of wine, some coming from Missouri vineyards with at least one coming from California wine country, valued at $200.


This year's event will also include the recognition of two additional County Health Heroes. As long-standing members of the Nodaway County Crusade Against Cancer and serving as chairperson and secretary for many years respectively, Sue Gille and Della Rhoades have demonstrated their dedication to improving the health of the Nodaway County residents. Started in 2015, the County Health Hero recognition honors those individuals who serve in a volunteer capacity to improve the quality of life for all of Nodaway County and attributed to Nodaway being designated as the healthiest county in the state of Missouri. 

All proceeds from the gala will support the hospital's 3D mammography upgrade. St. Francis will be the only hospital in the area to offer 3D mammography, which makes it easier for doctors to rule out abnormalities.


"We are very excited to bring 3D mammography to our region," said Mike Baumgartner, Executive Director of the St. Francis Hospital Foundation and hospital president. "We hope everyone will join us for an evening to remember at this year's Gala, and help support such a worthy cause."


The gala is open to the public; however, reservations are to be received by Feb. 7.  To register or to get more information, please visit or call the St. Francis Development Office at 660-562-7933.