More than 300 people gathered Nov. 2 at the Regency Conference Center in O’Fallon, Ill., and celebrated the annual Elizabethan Gala Fundraiser, raising nearly $130,000 to benefit HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital.
The traditional fall event featured an evening of fellowship and fundraising accompanied by dinner and music. The program was emceed by former KSDK meteorologist and personality, Mike Roberts.
“Once again we are grateful to our community, physicians, and colleagues that came out to make our annual Elizabethan Gala a huge success,” stated David Garris, director of HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Foundation. “Thanks to their generosity, St. Elizabeth’s Foundation is able to provide the hospital with technology and resources to enhance patient care.”
This year, proceeds from the gala will go toward the purchase of a Litho Surgical Laser System for St. Elizabeth’s Surgical Services and a Volcano Core Precision Guided Therapy System for the Heart and Vascular program.
In addition to celebrating the one-year anniversary of the opening of the new hospital, St. Elizabeth’s Foundation awarded the 2018 Elizabethan Award to Professional Therapy Services President Michael R. Riley, Sr. for his unwavering commitment to the mission and values of St. Elizabeth’s Hospital.
Riley, a Saint Louis University graduate, founded Professional Therapy Services (Belleville) 38 years ago. In the years since, PTS has grown to more than 400 professionals providing care to hospitals, skilled nursing homes, home health agencies, and freestanding outpatient clinics. He currently serves as the president of the Illinois Physical Therapy Association and twice served as the president of the Leadership Council of Southwestern Illinois.
Riley has a long history of giving back to his community both philanthropically and as a volunteer. Riley has given his time to many organizations including St. Louis University, Our Lady Queen of Peace School, Althoff Catholic High School, and the Boy Scouts of America.
Riley, a lifelong supporter and champion for St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, was involved in two highly successful capital campaigns for St. Elizabeth’s. Riley chaired the 2006 campaign which enabled the hospital to convert to digital imaging technology and served on the Advanced Gifts Committee of the recent Replacement Hospital Capital Campaign. These two campaigns raised a combined total of nearly $10 million.
HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Foundation also cited sponsors for their support of the event, including: Diamond Sponsor: Alberici-Holland Joint Venture, Emerald Sponsors: Donovan Rose Nester P.C., Erlinger Construction Co. Inc., Professional Therapy Services, Jim Taylor, Inc., and Vituity, Sapphire Sponsors: Bank of O’Fallon, Belleville News-Democrat, Ahrens Contracting, Inc., Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions, Central Illinois Radiological Associates, LTD, McCarthy, Medstar Ambulance, Landmark Healthcare Facilities, and Compass One Healthcare, Ruby Sponsors: Illinois Physical Therapy Association, Guarantee Electrical, Superior Waterproofing & Restoration Co., Inc., Wittenauer Properties, Hank’s Excavating & Landscaping, Inc., Prairie Heart Institute of Illinois, Henricksen, Southwestern Illinois Visiting Nurse Association, Premier Pathology Services, LLC, Thouvenot, Wade, & Moerchen, Inc. (TWM), Lincoln Surgical Associates, LTD, Dr. & Mrs. Paul Holdener, Grimm and Gorly, Sandberg Phoenix & Von Gontard P.C., Ironworkers Local 392, Holland Construction, Inc – Todd B. Holland, Patti Fischer & Greg Elliott. Amethyst Sponsors: CardioThoracic Surgery Associates, P.C., Dr. and Mrs. Duk Kim, Dr. and Mrs. A. Joseph Ecker, CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP, George Weis Company, Cy Wuebbels Painting, 1818 Chophouse, Edward Jones Investments, AGP AV, Murphy Company, and Ashland Group. Artist Sharon Aach donated of artwork.
PHOTO: HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Foundation Director Dave Garris and HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital CEO Patti Fischer presents the 2018 Elizabethan Award to Professional Therapy Services President Michael R. Riley, Sr. during the gala event on Nov. 2. The annual fundraising event raised nearly $130,000 to benefit HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. Specifically, the proceeds from the gala will go toward the purchase of a Litho Surgical Laser System for St. Elizabeth’s Surgical Services and a Volcano Core Precision Guided Therapy System for the Heart and Vascular program.