PITTSBURG — Not all heroes wear capes.
Via Christi Pittsburg’s doctors, staff and nurses will be celebrated on Saturday during the Mount Carmel Foundation’s Superhero Soiree, its 34th annual gala.
This year’s theme gives a nod to the superheros within the hospital, all the while raising funds for much needed equipment and programs, Mount Carmel Foundation Executive Director Johnna Norton said.
“Our doctors, staff and nurses are heroes every day,” she said.
The event will start at 6 p.m. in a ballroom at Pittsburg State University’s Overman Student Center.
Over the years the foundation has donated more than $4.8 million to the hospital through events like the gala.
“The gala raises money to support programs, equipment and other needs at Via Christi at Pittsburg,” Norton said.
Last year’s gala helped fund a three-dimensional mammography machine, and in the past funded departmental grants and other equipment.
Last year, the foundation’s gala brought in 382 guests and 31 sponsors and raised $102,000 for the hospital. So far, there are 423 guests and 33 sponsors, with a very limited number of tickets left. The tickets for this year’s event are $125 per person and $1,500 for sponsors. Contact the foundation for ticket availability.
The evening will be filled with a raffle, live and silent auction, dinner, drinks and dancing.
The foundation will also be raffling a trip to New York City — a four day, three night vacation. Tickets for the raffle cost $50 for one ticket and $100 for three tickets. People can call the foundation at 620-235-3512 before the event to purchase tickets, people do not have to be present to win. The winner will be selected at the gala.
To see a sneak peak of the other raffle items and learn more about the event, Norton said people can visit the foundation’s Facebook page.
— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.