OVMC Auxiliary Makes Final Plans for Holiday Gala

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Ohio Valley Medical Center’s auxiliary is kicking off the holiday season with its largest fundraiser of the year, the annual Holiday Gala.
The festive, black-tie event will be held at the Glessner Auditorium at Oglebay Resort in Wheeling on Saturday, Nov. 22. The theme for this year's gala is “Silver and Gold: Celebrating our Healthcare Heroes.” Each year, the gala committee chooses an honoree for their dedication and service to the hospital. This year the committee is celebrating those working on the front-line with patients at The Cancer Center at OVMC.



Committee co-chairs Laurie Labishak, vice president of marketing for Ohio Valley Health Services and Education Corp., and Theresa Childers both believe that honoring the hospital's heroes will be well received, and this year's event will certainly be a memorable event for all who attend.



“The healthcare professionals who work directly with patients in their healing process are truly heroes to our patients and to our community,” said Labishak. “The high level of quality care given to each patients truly speaks to these employees' dedication to improving outcomes for our patients. We are so glad we get to honor them at this year's gala event.”



The employees at The Cancer Center at OVMC will also be featured on the OVMC and East Ohio Regional Hospital float in this year's Fantasy of Lights Parade which will take place the night before the event.



Decorator Kyle McConnaughy of Smash Multimedia is assisting auxiliary members in creating a wintery wonderland atmosphere of silver-and-gold to give a holiday ambiance.



The event will feature both live and silent auctions, as well as a separate Bid for a Cure auction with the proceeds going directly to The Cancer Center at OVMC. The top live auction items include a trip to New York City for six people on a private jet to Teterboro Airport with a limousine chauffeur for the day, and a separate auction package that includes box seats for six at the Kentucky Derby along with hats.



Additionally, a silent auction, organized by Kelly Bettem and Elisabeth Slater of the gala committee, will take place throughout the evening. The auction will feature a wide variety of items and will afford gala attendees a chance to do some unique holiday shopping.


As this is the first year for the gala at Oglebay, the resort's chefs have created a signature menu for the gala which consists of a choice among wood-fired sirloin with smoked tomato and wild mushroom demi-glaze or pan-seard halibut with citrus chutney. . A vegetarian meal of eggplant parmesan is also available. All meals are served with a autumn-inspired Roman chopped salad and gourmet sides of sauteed broccoli, rosemary potatoes, and a spiced ginger torte. This year, the committee is introducing a gourmet cookie and coffee bar available for after-dinner dessert, which is sponsored by The Monteverde Group and coordinated by Kathy DePasquale of the Carnation Twig.


Providing the entertainment for the evening is the Juan Jaramillo String Quartet and Easy Street band of Wheeling. The quartet will play music selections during cocktail hour and dinner while Easy Street will play music for dancing after dinner. Also, a professional photography section will provide gala attendees the opportunity to have their portraits taken against a festive holiday backdrop.


Tickets, priced for couples and for individuals, may be purchased by calling Mary Velez, auxiliary liason, at 304-234-8643.