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HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Foundation to honor former mayor of O’Fallon at annual Elizabethan Gala

BELLEVILLE – On Friday, Sept. 22, at the 2017 Elizabethan Gala Fundraiser, HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Foundation will present Gary Graham, former mayor of O’Fallon, Ill., with the 2017 Elizabethan Award.

graham gary fullThe award recognizes Graham for his commitment to HSHS St. Elizabeth Hospital and the future of health care in the region.

Gary Graham served as mayor of O’Fallon from 1997 to 2017. In recent years, Graham was resolute in his support of St. Elizabeth’s quest to expand the availability of regional health care. Graham was a strong advocated of St. Elizabeth’s Hospital during the long and arduous state approval process and a forward thinker for the growth of O’Fallon.

“Gary’s support of St. Elizabeth’s project began long before there was a shovel in the ground at our site,” noted Peg Sebastian, president and chief executive of St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. “He was proactive for the community he served in realizing that our new hospital would bring both economic growth and high-quality, accessible health care to the residents of O’Fallon, as well as surrounding communities. I am thankful to him for providing the groundwork of a positive relationship between the city and our organization.”

The Elizabethan’s history spans over 30 years. Originally known as the “Elizabethan Holiday,” the traditional fall event was transformed into a gala fundraiser in 2012. Since that time, the Elizabethan Gala has become St. Elizabeth’s Foundation’s signature event, raising more than $700,000 for programs and equipment at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital.

This year the Elizabethan will include a special red carpet cocktail reception in the new St. Elizabeth’s Hospital lobby in O’Fallon, Illinois. The evening will continue at the nearby Regency Conference Center with dinner, a short program, and dancing. For more information or to make reservations, call (618) 234-2120 ext. 2446.

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