Mayfaire Raises $297,600 for Benefis Emergency Services, Photo Gallery
Though his performance added a lot of charm to our event, it wasn’t Phil Vassar who made the Mayfaire Gala “Just Another Day in Paradise.” It was our incredible guests who came together for a night of friendship and good-hearted fun for an important reason – to celebrate and support our excellent Benefis Emergency Services.
This year’s Mayfaire raised net revenue of $218,213 plus $79,450 from the Special Appeal for a grand total of $297,663 for this vital, life-saving department that encompasses the Emergency Room, Mercy Flight, a communications center and a very active trauma prevention program.
“Every year I am amazed by the outpouring of support from so many generous people and businesses in the community,” said Mayfaire Coordinator Kelly Michel. “Not only are we extremely fortunate to have the support from so many businesses and individuals year after year, but are also very grateful to those who partnered with us for the first time. It was a lovely, fun-filled event, and we are so pleased with how much was raised for Benefis Emergency Services.”
This year's Mayfaire proceeds will be used to insure that the medical professionals in Benefis Emergency Services will always have what they need to provide the finest care.
“We are truly grateful for the incredible boost we received through Mayfaire,” said Emergency Services Manager Kendra Puckett. “Thanks so much to all of you.”
Click HERE for a little taste of the event as well as a thank you from all of us here at Benefis Foundation for your generous support.
And here's a look at a few more Gala memories and some of the fun that was had that night:
We had more than 700 guests at the Mayfaire Gala...
...and 85 incredible volunteers, including Mercy Flight Chief Flight Nurse Scott Schandelson.
The mouth-watering Grilled Beef Tenderloin dinner was served to our guests in 22 minutes.
With more than 80 items and packages in the Silent Auction, there was something for everyone. The Silent Auction raised $19,825.
The Chuck Florence Trio from Missoula had toes tapping through dinner.
Dr. Bridget Brennan, Medical Director of Benefis Emergency Services, shared about the excellent department we were all there to support.
Benefis Foundation President Dan Hollow and auctioneer Zane Drishinski were excited to announce the excellent Live Auction packages...
...which included a James Bond poster signed by all six Bonds, flowers and chocolate truffles for a year, an authentic Italian dinner, and four fabulous getaways.
Dr. Keith and Becky Bortnem really wanted the trip to Monaco...
...and so did Rebecca and Dave Richards.
But the Bortnems wanted it a little bit more.
Dr. Josh Newsted and his wife, Laura, were interested in the "Any Concert, Any Venue" trip, which really is any music-lover's dream vacation.
But Leslie Oakland was the top bidder and will be going to see her concert of choice.
The golfer's dream getaway to Tradition Golf Club in La Quinta, Calif., was another sought after package.
But Benefis Foundation Board member Dean Nelson and his wife, Cheryl, weren't about to let it slip away.
Guests such as Jason Gleason, a Physician Assistant in the Emergency Room...
... and Don and Dr. Nicole Donester enjoyed watching the friendly bidding wars.
Terry and Joe Fox of Fox Fine Jewelers once again generously donated the grand prize for the Mayfaire raffle - a stunning free-form diamond pendant necklace valued at $2,995.
And they drew the names of the lucky raffle winners:
- Diamond pendant: Yvonne Wynegar
- $1,000 Eklund’s Gift Certificate: Kathy Schmock
- $500 Mountain View Co-op Gas Card: Denise Bridge
A lovely young lady named Rachel (pictured on the left) was one of our special guests.
If you've ever wondered if the Mercy Flight helicopter can land in the Mansfield Center parking lot, the answer is yes. Mercy Flight Respiratory Therapist Jim Ekstedt, Flight Nurse Shannon Garner and Pilot Brian Abbott of Metro Aviation.
Many guests, including the Strauss family, enjoyed checking out the helicopter throughout the evening.
Nancy and Dick Doughten, a member of the Benefis Foundation Board of Directors.
Jeff Platisha, Gaines McFadden and Cheryl Patton.
Bruce McCracken, Benefis Foundation Board member Mike Tabacco and former Board member Nobby Johnson.
Dudley and Tammy Beard.
Paula Olinger with Sue and Ed Warren.
Marlon and Ann Graff with Rayn and Sean Ginnaty.
Stephanie, Sandi and Jim Cummings.
Sara and Bryce Graft, a member of the Benefis Foundation Board.
Art and Renee Malisani.
Ken and Vickie Hatzenbeller.
Dr. Heath and Lee Diel with Kari and Dr. James Whittle.
Dr. Greg and Joan Tierney.
Bill and Jackie Bourret.
The Benefis Foundation staff took a break from the night's duties to pose for a photo op. From left to right: Sara MacGilvra, Stacy Rice, Kelly Michel, Judy Doheny, Sandy Ramstead and Brooke Marshall.
Former Benefis Foundation Board member Gene Thayer and his wife, Jane.
Jordan Husted, pictured on the left, helped provide the photo booth, which added a lot of smiles, laughter and dollars to the event.
Vicki and Lee Roath.
Greg and Valerie Hatley.
Stephanie and David Rohrer.
James and Shannon Hoiland, a member of the Benefis Foundation Board.
Former Foundation Board member Kris Houtonen and her daughter, Ashley Whitney.
David and Tanya Cameron, former Foundation Board member.
Flight Paramedic Keith Bicsak with Flight Nurse Brian Schruth and his wife, Kelly.
Our lovely volunteers, Jenna Stevens and Jo Lynn Olson.
Mayfaire Coordinator Kelly Michel with Kathi Ross.
Julie Sakaguchi and Ronda DeMars join others in one final stroll through the silent auction before the auction ends.
Benefis Foundation staffers Marilyn Parker and Sandy Ramstead get ready to help guests cash out at the end of the night.
Thank you, and goodnight.