Our 18th annual fund-raising event, “Cruisin’ an’ Schmoozin'” was held August 20 on the Cook Hospital grounds with 175 people in attendance. A few of our guests drove their classic cars/trucks and sports cars to the event, which really added to the cruisin’ atmosphere! We give special thanks to them. It was a great evening for our supporters who enjoyed wonderful food and libations, and lots of fun schmoozin’ with old and new friends. “The Fabulous Edsels” entertained everyone with lively music of the 50s and 60s! It was contagious and many partiers danced the night away in their poodle skirts! The picnic style dinner was prepared by Upper Lakes Foods.
There were new and unique auction items on which to bid and two great raffle prizes – an iPad 2 with case and a Kindle with lighted cover! The live auction included a fly-in fishing trip at Smoothrock Camp in Ontario, Canada and a one-week vacation at Residencial Casa Linda in the Dominican Republic!
Some of our guests came early and had the opportunity to tour the hospital’s facilities, as well as the newly remodeled Scenic Rivers Health Services medical clinic. Our thanks to the Cook Hospital and Scenic Rivers staffs for providing the tours.
Donations to the “Cruisin’ an’ Schmoozin’” summer benefit are still being received. The event was very successful and has raised a total of $50,344.00 to date. The Foundation’s board met recently and discussed ways to improve the event for next year. The 19th annual benefit is being planned for Saturday, August 11, 2012. Please mark your calendars now so you don’t miss this fun-filled event next year!