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HSHS St. Joseph’s Foundation brings vintage circus to annual gala

HIGHLAND – The HSHS St. Joseph’s Foundation will host its annual fundraising gala supporting HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Highland on Saturday, April 7, from 4 to 9 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Highland. This year’s event is bringing the circus to town with a juggler, unicyclist, fortune teller, carnival games and more.

hshsstjosephslogo1A circus themed gourmet menu featuring appetizers, a combination entrée and dessert buffet will be provided by Silver Spoon Catering. Prizes will be awarded for the best top hat and/or bow tie and suspender combination worn by guests. The prestigious “Volunteer of the Year” award will also be presented.

“Our gala has been the cornerstone of the Foundation’s annual fundraising program for 13 years now,” said Amy Liefer, foundation director. “This event raises money that makes it possible for us to purchase much needed equipment and cover program costs that allow St. Joseph’s Hospital to provide the best possible health care for our community.”

This year’s gala is being sponsored by several community businesses. Silver Sponsors include Air Methods, Cedarhurst of Highland, Highland Machine, Highland TruBuy, Korte & Luitjohan Contractors, Oberbeck Grain Co., Plocher Construction, and The Korte Co.

Bronze Sponsors are blockplanedesign, Donovan, Rose, Nester P.C., Edward Jones – Matt Armentrout, Electromek Diagnostic Systems, FCB Banks, First Mid-llinois Bank & Trust, Gelly Excavating, HeplerBroom, Highland Red-E-Mix, Highland Rural King, Hill Vision Services, Hometel, Innovative Business Advisors, Jan’s Hallmark Gold Crown, Kunkel Commercial Group, Meridith Funeral Home, Plaza Dental Care, Rogier Insurance Agency, Inc., Sandbergh, Phoenix & Von Gontard, Scheffel Boyle, Scott Credit Union, SEMC Pathology Services, Spengel Boulanger Funeral Home, Steve Schmitt Auto Group,
Terra Properties, The Tin Shed, TheBANK of Edwardsville, Trouw Nutrition and Widmer Floral & Greenhouses.
The annual spring gala has raised nearly $800,000 for HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Highland since its inception in 2006. Examples of notable items that have been funded by the St. Joseph’s Foundation over the years include:

• A 3D mammography machine
• Helicopter pad preparations
• Cardiac rehab monitors
• Laptops and iPads for improved patient care in surgery
• Lab and anesthesia equipment
• A gym power tower for rehabilitation patients
• Continued operation/maintenance of the Friend’s Van (complimentary shuttle service for patient appointments)

Tickets are $150 each and can be purchased online at or by calling Lisa Smith, Foundation Manager, at 618-651-2590 or

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