Mayfaire Raises $607,900 for New Benefis Emergency Department, Photo Gallery
Just like the skilled team in Benefis Emergency Services pulls together to provide the best possible care for every patient who comes through the doors, the community and region joined together to make Mayfaire 2016 a big success.
Mayfaire, the Benefis Health System Foundation’s annual fundraising event, raised a total of $607,938 to support the construction of a new Emergency Department for Benefis Health System.
“I am grateful for the support from so many businesses and individuals again this year and thankful to all the volunteers who came together to help make Mayfaire such a wonderful event,” said Mayfaire Coordinator Kelly Michel. “It was humbling to see the generosity from our community in support of this year’s important cause.”
The new Emergency Department will combine new construction with remodeled space from a portion of the existing department and adjacent empty spaces. It will be more than double the size of the existing department, with 29 large rooms, including several specialty rooms.
The department will have a covered drop-off entrance, an enclosed ambulance garage, a decontamination suite and many more efficiencies and enhancements. The total cost of the project is around $12.5 million, and philanthropy is going to play a key role.
“On behalf of Emergency Services, I wish to thank all who participated in Mayfaire,” said Kevin Langkiet, Director of Benefis Emergency Services. “Our goal is to raise funds for the new and innovative Emergency Department, and this year’s success at the Mayfaire is a fantastic step in the right direction.”
The Mayfaire net revenue of $256,038 was raised through support of local and regional businesses plus the live and silent auctions, which included nearly 100 items, experiences and getaways. The special appeal boosted the net by an additional $351,900 in gifts and pledges for the grand total of $607,938. The Pam Tillis trio traveled from Nashville to provide the entertainment.
“The amazing support shown through Mayfaire was an excellent way to kick-start our fundraising efforts to help with this project that is so vital to our community and region,” said Benefis Foundation President Dan Hollow.
Click HERE for a video showing how it all came together as well as a thank you from all of us here at Benefis Foundation for your generous support.
And here's a look at more fun memories from the Gala:
The Mansfield Convention Center was transformed into an oasis of blue for our night of raising funds to support Benefis Emergency Services.
We had more than 700 guests...
...and 90 amazing volunteers, including Bence Edl from Malmstrom Air Force Base.
A delectable meal of Chorizo Stuffed Pork Chops with Gruyere Grits was served to all of our guests in 23 minutes.
The Silent Auction included 87 incredible items and packages that raised a total of $22,770.
The Mayfaire video, featuring the Mike and Lindsey Kellam family in Havre and the life-saving care they received by the Mercy Flight and Emergency Department teams, showed the excellence of the care providers in Benefis Emergency Services.
Benefis Emergency Services Director Kevin Langkiet spoke about how the new Emergency Department will center on patients and their families.
Benefis Foundation President Dan Hollow and Auctioneer Cary Aasness were excited to show off the Live Auction items and packages...
...that included an original oil painting by R. Tom Gilleon, seeing any concert at your venue of choice, a Top Gun aerobatic fighter experience, a custom-built natural rock water feature, an escape to Cabo San Lucas, a signed poster of “The Godfather,” an unforgettable golf outing on three legendary California courses, and participation in a training flight on the Mercy Flight helicopter.
Rosie Rosalez of Benefis Mercy Flight was one of the spotters during the spirited bidding wars.
Dale Sivumaki of Benefis Emergency Services, shown here with Vince Raine, also helped as a spotter during the Live Auction and Special Appeal.
Rayn Ginnaty, Vice President of Nursing at Benefis Hospitals.
Phil and Cara Piccono.
Benefis Foundation Board Director Wayne Linnell.
Benefis Health System CEO John Goodnow and Mark Simon.
John and Michelle Koppelman.
Bob Oakland and John Thomas.
Caitlin and Ron Fox.
Following the Live Auction and Special Appeal, we drew the winners of the raffle and awarded the grand prize - the stunning $2,500 sapphire and diamond pendant from Fox Fine Jewelers - to Alicia Edgar. The other lucky winners were Dave Richards, who won the $1,000 Eklund’s gift certificate, and Judi Powers, who won $500 cash, courtesy of Mountain Plains Equity Group.
Finally, it was show time. Guests were treated to an intimate performance by the very charming and personable Pam Tillis and her two show-stopping accompanists, Aria and Mary Sue.
Then it was time for more bidding on the Silent Auction and sharing laughs with friends.
Cory and Lisa Jassen.
Mike Milburn and Tom Gilleon, whose painting titled "Hungry Fox Equinox: Northern Lights" sold for $20,000 in the Live Auction.
Don and Terry Potter.
Jeff Swingley and Frank Cote.
Dr. James Whittle and Dudley Beard.
Lacey Gallagher and Senator Ed Buttrey.
John Koslosky and Amber Pinski.
Pam Tillis graciously posed for several pictures with guests, including Haley Van Heel, Sara Palagi and Tiffany Van Heel.
There were more poses and smiles at the Selfie Booth...
...and by the Mercy Flight helicopter, which was parked right outside throughout the evening.
Thanks to all who helped make this year's Mayfaire an unforgettable night of friendship, laughter, fun and, most importantly, support for our amazing Benefis Emergency Services.