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Morris Hospital Auxiliary Gala to Support Cardiac Screening in High Schools

Morris Hospital Auxiliary Gala to Support Cardiac Screening in High Schools
January 14, 2019 Janet Long

Morris Hospital Auxiliary Gala to Support Cardiac Screening in High Schools

January 14, 2019, MORRIS, IL – The Morris Hospital Auxiliary is hosting its 51st annual Charity Gala on Saturday, February 9 at Jennifer’s Garden, 555 Gore Road, Morris, with proceeds supporting Morris Hospital’s Rhythm of Our Youth cardiac screening program at area high schools.

Since Rhythm of Our Youth launched in 2016, Morris Hospital has screened more than 5,000 area high school students for cardiac abnormalities that could lead to sudden cardiac death through a simple EKG screening. The screening is offered free of charge to students, with Morris Hospital covering the cost of the equipment, staff and supplies. The screening returns to each area high school every other school year.

Set to the theme “All That Jazz,” this year’s Auxiliary Gala will begin with cocktails and a silent auction at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner and a live auction beginning at 7 p.m. Dancing will follow, with live music and entertainment provided by the Tony Kidonakis Orchestra.

Tickets are $150 per person with seating available in tables of 10. Sponsorship opportunities are also available at the Diamond, Gold, Table, Pearl and Sapphire levels. Sponsors to date include Morris Hospital Medical Staff at the Presenting level; First Midwest Bank at the Diamond level; Block Electric/Block Family Foundation, D’Arcy Chevrolet, EEI Infrastructure Renewal, and Pepper Construction Company at the Gold level; Dr. Farrukh and Dr. Maimoona Aijaz, Rod and Patti Engstrom, James and Ann Ferro, Grundy Bank, and Dave and Lusia Wozniak at the Pearl level; and Bernie and Debbie Bols, Brian Zabel & Associates, Century 21 Coleman-Hornsby, EPIC Group, Dr. Mary Gordon, Grundy Radiologists, Jamerson & Bauwens Electrical, LyondellBasell, and Young Company, LLC as table sponsors

The Morris Hospital Auxiliary Gala is organized by a committee of community volunteers, including Laura Angwin, Debbie Bols, Barb Boma, Becky DiVincenzo, Jill Dohm, Patti Engstrom, Sheila Funk, Judie Roth, Nicole Schaefer, Debbie Steadham, Cheryl Tesdal, and Tracy Zabel.

Reservations can be made by going to or contacting Hannah Wehrle at 815-705-7021. Those who are unable to attend the Gala but would like to support Rhythm of Our Youth can make a gift by going to



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