Gala at the Falls a success

December 10, 2010

The 2010 Gala at the Falls showered Providence Willamette Falls Medical Foundation with $140,000 in proceeds, which will go toward developing a free health care clinic for area residents in need. More than 200 guests turned out for this ninth annual fundraising event Oct. 16 that featured live and silent auctions, raffles and a dinner.

Among the nearly 350 auction items donated were a Southern barbecue for 100 people; a day with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office; a five-day cruise in the San Juan Islands aboard a privately captained yacht; and alpine ski lessons from certified instructor Mike Drake, executive director of Providence Willamette Falls Medical Foundation.

Sharon Walkoski celebrated her birthday in a memorable way – she won the $2,500 build-your-own-vacation raffle.

With proceeds from the Gala at the Falls, Providence Willamette Falls Medical Center will continue collaborating with other health care providers to open a free clinic for people who can't afford access to primary and preventive health care. Volunteer physicians and health care practitioners will provide services.

More than 30 hospital staff volunteered at the gala, where KATU weatherman Dave Salesky emceed. The event was preceded by an online auction that raised more than $7,000.