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Lakeland Gala Raises Over $100,000 in Support of New Pavilion
Nov 17, 2017 Share

(ST. JOSEPH) – This year, 307 southwest Michigan residents attended the annual Lakeland Health Foundations Gala, held at the Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College. Through sponsorships, ticket sales, a silent auction, and a raffle, the Gala raised more than $100,000 to benefit the 260,000 square foot Pavilion at Lakeland Medical Center, St. Joseph which is slated for completion in 2020.

“The evening’s theme “Mission: Possible” is fitting because philanthropy makes our mission of enhancing health in southwest Michigan possible every day,” said Brandi Smith-Gordon, Vice President, Philanthropy and President, Lakeland Health Foundations. “Philanthropy means the love of human kind which extends to how we show that love through giving to make our community better. Thanks to the generosity of many, over the last year, we have raised nearly five million dollars in support of the Pavilion.”

During the evening guests enjoyed fine dining, live entertainment, and dancing. Loren B. Hamel, MD, President and CEO of Lakeland Health recognized current Pavilion donors and awarded Merlin and Carolyn Hanson and their family the first annual Spirit of Philanthropy Award.

 “This award is special because it affirms how the Hanson family’s leadership inspires us all to give generously and recognizes the work they’ve done to make our community a stronger and healthier place to live,” said Dr. Hamel. “As we continue to present the award in future years it will represent the standard the Hansons have set and will be a symbol of the unparalleled giving they’ve embodied.”

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