Hospital Foundation fund raiser sets mark

The totals are in and this year's Enumclaw Regional Healthcare Foundation Annual Holiday Fantasy Gala Dinner and Auction raised a record-setting amount to support the hospital.

The Dec. 1 event at Emerald Downs generated more revenue than any other in its 16-year history. Final figures are still being tabulated, but it appears roughly $135,000 was raised.

Of that sum, $28,350 was raised in straight cash donations for hospital beds. The foundation originally thought it needed to raise $30,000 to purchase the three beds.

After some investigation, it was found the beds could be purchased at a lesser price. The auction money, combined with an additional contribution from the foundation, allowed for the purchase of four beds.

The Enumclaw Regional Healthcare Foundation, formerly the Enumclaw Community Hospital Foundation, is comprised of a volunteer board of community and business leaders from Enumclaw, Buckley, Black Diamond and the greater Plateau in northeast Pierce County and southeast King County.

Since 1982, the nonprofit foundation has raised more than $2.3 million to provide services, programs and equipment for Enumclaw Regional Hospital, area residents and organizations. It works in partnership with individuals, community groups and businesses to achieve its ambitious objectives of recognizing and fulfilling the healthcare needs of the residents of its growing service area.

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