GHS Foundation Art Gala Raises More than $62,000 in Support of Expansion Plan

OXFORD, NC (Dec 16, 2009) – The Granville Health System (GHS) Foundation held its inaugural Art Gala on Saturday, November 21 at the Granville County Shrine Club in Oxford, NC. The event raised more than $62,000 in support of the upcoming GHS Expansion Plan.

The expansion plan, an ambitious 32,000 square foot construction project, is the largest in the health system’s history. It includes a new Emergency Department that will grow from 3,135 to 18,000 square feet; expanded Surgical Services; a larger Laboratory Department; a new, larger lobby and admissions area; and additional patient and visitor parking. Construction is scheduled to begin early next year.

“The support shown by the members of our community is greatly appreciated,” said Gary Bowman, President of the Foundation Board, who spearheaded this year’s fundraising drive. “The Foundation received support from many local businesses and their sponsorship of this event really made the difference.”

Sponsors of the 2009 GHS Art Gala included: ARAMARK Healthcare; BB&T; Bart Cleary, DDS; Cole Roger Photography; Freeman White; Holden, Moss, Knott, Clark, Copley, and Hoyle PA; Hopper, Hicks, & Wrenn, PLLC; Morrison Management; Oxford Public Ledger; Professional Pharmacy; Rentenbach Constructors, Inc.; Royster, Cross & Hensley LLP; Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company; SunTrust; and WLUS Lakes Media Network.

Close to 200 people attended the black-tie event with participants enjoying music by Chris Bagley, a cocktail hour sponsored by Professional Pharmacy, and hors d’oeuvres while browsing the items available for auction.

Attendees bid on over a dozen silent auction items, many of which decorated the tables throughout the Gala dinner. During the live auction afterwards, Foundation Board member and auctioneer William Adcock entertained Gala guests, stirring up lively bidding for more than 25 outstanding items. Live auction items ranged from a walnut wine cabinet and a corner cupboard handcrafted by Robert Morgan, to original portraits by Dot Daughtry and Leslie Johnson, as well as a one-of-a-kind crystalline vase made by the late Sid Oakley, founder of Cedar Creek Pottery and Gallery. Each item showcased the talent and craftsmanship of artists associated with the Granville community.

“We are grateful to everyone in the community for their support,” said L. Lee Isley, Chief Executive Officer for Granville Health System. “Those who attended the Art Gala were treated to a wonderful evening of dinner and entertainment. In return, their financial contributions will benefit the hospital by helping to increase its capacity to meet the community’s growing demand for health care services.”