Gala raises more than $91,000 for the Stepping Stones Adult Day Program at McKee
LOVELAND, Colo. (Nov. 7, 2011) – McKee Presents…Hearts of the West, presented by The Friends of the Hospital, with major sponsorship provided by Home State Bank, was held Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Embassy Suites in Loveland.
Attended by more than 300 business owners, physicians, community leaders and McKee Foundation supporters, the event raised more than $91,000. Ticket sales, sponsorship contributions, and auction revenue will benefit the Stepping Stones Adult Day Program at McKee.
The Stepping Stones Adult Day Program provides participants an opportunity to socialize, build friendships, and enjoy stimulating activities in a safe, caring environment. By tailoring activities to meet individual’s specific needs, Stepping Stones becomes a place where dignity, confidence, security and independence are assured, giving participants new levels of freedom and enhancing their quality of life.
The first McKee Philanthropy Award was presented to Mary Gullikson. Mary has been involved with the McKee Foundation for all of its 30 years, is an advocate for McKee Medical Center and a dedicated Loveland community volunteer. The McKee Philanthropy Award will honor one outstanding Foundation supporter and will be presented at the annual gala event every year.
Cindy Guldy, McKee Foundation board member, also announced a new fundraising opportunity for the Stepping Stones program beginning in January 2012. Subaru of Loveland has donated a two-year lease on a 2012 Subaru Outback which will be raffled off at next year’s gala, Nov. 3, 2012. Tickets for this raffle will be available beginning Jan. 1, 2012 and will be sold throughout the year.
Major event sponsorship support for the gala came from Advanced Medical Imaging, Home State Bank, the CardioVascular Institute of North Colorado, First National Bank, and Professional Finance Company All of the funds raised will benefit the Stepping Stones Adult Day Program at McKee.