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CFVH Foundation sets big gala

Thursday, May 22, 2014

by Sanders County Ledger

One of the largest fundraising events of the year for the Clark Fork Valley Hospital Foundation has been rescheduled for June 6 and will feature an evening of remarkable music.

Hospital Community Relations Coordinator Tonya Revier said that folks who attend the annual foundation gala will receive dinner and a show and all of the proceeds will benefit the foundation that helps the hospital with special project needs.

This year's event, rescheduled from an earlier date due to weather, will feature the Montana band Montana Rose, a celebrated band that hails from Pony (Montana). The group has played all over the Treasure State and features their brand of western Americana music (blues, folk, country and rock) a mix of published and original songs. Their repertoire ranges from ballads to foot stomping dance hall tunes. Their musical skills have been described as "flawless." A second band, Tessy Lou and the Shotgun Stars, is on the schedule to augment the musical entertainment.

The dinner fare for the evening will be smoked beef brisket and then after the meal, a special auction will be held for pies. Not that you have to bid on your dessert, but a fun way to help support the foundation, say promoters.

Over the years the foundation has helped a number of projects at the hospital from a sophisticated x-ray machine to an EEG probe that helps create an image of the back of the heart for cardiac evaluations.

The foundation has also helped with hospital maintenance projects, purchased an oven for the dietary department and meets special needs that may be outside the regular operating budget.

The foundation has been in place since the origin of the hospital in the 1970s, but has met different and changing needs over the years.

The general focus of the foundation is to raise funds to help support the hospital's mission of partnering in the county to help create a healthier environment for residents. Barry Fowler, the hospital's foundation director, said over the years the entity has raised over $300,000 to augment the hospital's needs.

Tickets are $35 and available at the hospital's family medicine clinics in Hot Springs, Plains and Thompson Falls.

The event is set for 6 p.m. at the fairgrounds pavilion.

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