Rice Health Foundation’s 2017 Gala

November 10, 2017


Date(s) - November 10, 2017
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Willmar Conference Center


  • Community Event,  
  • Entertainment,  

Please join us for our 2017 Annual Gala!

Gala Dinner and Auction
Friday, November 10, 2017 at 6pm
at the Willmar Conference Center
Fine dining, live music, silent & live auction

Social hour begins at 6pm with music and cocktails.
Purchase tickets online at http://ricehealthfoundation.org/news-events/holiday-gala/2017-annual-gala-dinner/

Live & Silent Auctions
Choose from a variety of Silent Auction items, all elegantly displayed and donated by friends of the Foundation. For added convenience, this year’s Silent Auction will feature mobile bidding from your cell phone or tablet, so you can spend more time socializing and less time worrying about your bid! A Live Auction by Fladeboe Auctioneers begins at 8:00 pm.

Why We’re Here
Rice Memorial Hospital — the heart of the Willmar community — could not exist without the generous philanthropic support of our area residents. Each year, 100% of the proceeds from the Gala are reinvested back into the community to support Rice Hospital initiatives.

2017 Beneficiary – Emergency Services at Rice
Our Emergency Room served 13,351 patients of all ages from Kandiyohi and surrounding counties in 2016. Many patients seen in our ER have emergencies involving mental illness or substance abuse, posing a threat to themselves and others. Emergency Departments across the country have transitioned to secured, monitored environments requiring on-site security officers to safely manage these types of patients. It is now time for Rice to make similar changes to enable our ER staff safely care for the myriad of emergencies they respond to daily.

This year’s Gala financial goal is $270,000. The funds raised will help strengthen emergency services provided in the Rice Hospital Emergency Room, and ensure the safety of patients and the staff who care for them.

Your support will mitigate the safety risk to patients, visitors and staff; allowing Rice to remain proactive in preventing violence in the ER and throughout our Hospital by:
•Increasing staff ability to more clearly observe patients and visitors in the waiting area
•Improving patient flow by minimizing contact between discharged patients and patients seeking care
•Relocating security staff to the ER

To become a sponsor of the 2017 Gala Dinner & Auction, please contact: Jean Raatz, Foundation Manager 320.231.4065 or jraa@rice.willmar.mn.us

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