PITTSBURG — Saturday was an evening of live and silent auctions, music, food and more — all to support Via Christi-Ascension Hospital.
The evening was hosted by the Mount Carmel Foundation and last year, its superhero-themed gala raised $102,185.
The funding was distributed by the foundation to go toward the hospital’s $250,000 Emergency Room revitalization which was completed in Nov. 2018. The money also provided grants to various departments within the hospital.
Also celebrating a 35th anniversary, Mount Carmel Foundation Executive Director Johnna Norton shared about the foundation’s history.
The hospital started with the help of the sisters of St. Joseph and Mother Mary Bernard Sheridan, Norton said. The first gifts were $5,000 and land for the hospital.
The first Mount Carmel Foundation meeting was on Oct. 1, 1982, a “giving society” was created, Norton said. She said many of the founding members of the foundation were in the very same room at the gala on Saturday.
The achievements, such as the ER renovation and grants which provided things like “cutting-edge technology, equipment and programs” would not have been possible without the support of the foundation’s sponsors and the supporters from the community,” Norton said.
In the past three decades the foundation has provided over $6 million for the hospital, Norton said.
“A strong community needs a great hospital,” she said at the gala. “Thanks for your generosity tonight and throughout the year.”
Total monies raised from the event will be shared at a later date once it is calculated.
— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.