Lights of Life Gala Brings Out
The Black Ties and Support
For Hospital Foundation


by: Bobby McDonald


It was a fun time for everyone and a "black tie" evening for supporters of the Hopkins County Memorial Hospital Foundation, when they gathered for the 2nd Annual Lights of Life Gala, hosted again at The Lodge. The evening began with a "poinsettia" Champagne Reception at 7:00 p.m., as a silent auction opened and patrons had their pictures made in front of a winter wonderland backdrop.


Jackie Thornton, left, Director of the Hospital Foundation, and Wanda Galyean, Chair of the 2007
Lights of Life Campaign, pause in front of the Christmas tree, to reflect on Saturday night's successful
Lights of Life Gala.


Tom Sellers, Chairman of the Hospital Foundation Board, welcomed guests and introduced Wanda Galyean, Chairman of this year's gala event. Wanda praised the many, many supporters and workers who had made the event possible, including Gala Honorary Chair, Carolyn Stewart. Kellie Cody gave the "gala blessing" in song.




Dinner was served from stations throughout the room and included a seafood buffet, a prime rib and turkey bar, and a "Taste of Italy" station. However, the focalpoint of the evening was the lovely "heavenly dessert" bar, that featured white and dark chocolate fountains, raspberry cheescakes, torts, homemade Christmas candies, and fresh fruit. "It was worth the trip just to look at those delectable desserts," commented one patron. "I think I gained ten pounds just looking!"






The program continued with a live auction, featuring local auctioneer, Don Sapaugh. The auction included eight large items, featuring a trip to Fredricksburg, a quilt donated bythe Lone Star Quilt Guild, a fishing excursion with fishing guide Marc Mitchell, a trip to the Ballpark in Frisco, a one-of-a-kind painting by local artist, Jerry Lee, a flying package by local pilot, Jerry Voss, a big screen t.v., and a year's worth of monthly rose deliveries donated by Sulphur Springs Floral and Gary Davis.




Dancing and visiting continued until mid-night, with patrons continuing their bids on the silent auction items and supporting the funds that will complete the Gardens at Memorial project, that was started with last year's gala proceeds. "A Class Act Entertainment Band" was the featured artists for the evening.





"We're just blown away by the support we've received for this project and hope that everyone enjoyed the evening," expressed Jackie Thornton, as she drew the event to a close. "It's an opportunity to dress-up and come out and ring-in the Christmas season, while supporting a worthy project!"