2017 Healing Jar Gala Results
May 30, 2017
On May 17, 140 charitable-minded Miami County citizens filled the Cedar Springs Pavilion for the Eighth Annual Healing Jar Gala dinner and art auction. The result was over $21,000 net in overall donations that go directly to clinic programming.
For the third year, clinic officials joined with the Piqua Arts Council (PAC) to expand the number of art pieces for the auction. Several local artists donated items to the live and silent auctions.
Health Partners reported over $4,000 was raised during the silent and live auction. A record 20 different local artists contributed to the event.
In all, 6 art pieces were sold by auctioneer Brad Havenar, who has donated his services for the event for several years. PAC Executive Director Jordan Knepper spoke of the PAC artists and their artwork before each item went to live auction.
The art pieces represented not only the artists’ talents, but their heart-felt giving to the clinic’s cause.
The 2017 Healing Jar Gala was a huge success as an event, fundraiser, and ‘friend’-raiser. The results of this event were reflective of the generosity of our community.
As a grassroots free clinic (Miami County’s lone free clinic for the past 19 years), we depend on this kind generosity to keep our doors open every year. The outpouring of love and support at the Gala resound the call from the community to continue on with our mission of providing quality healthcare to the uninsured and under-served at no cost.
Previous Healing Jar Galas have raised money to provide clinic projects and programming. Last year, auction contributions from local organizations totaled $20,000, which was a 130 percent increase over 2015. These funds helped provide medical care valued at $1.8 million for the uninsured and under-served residents of Miami County.
In 2016, due to funds like these, the clinic treated 911 unduplicated patients, which equated into 3,406 medical visits. Also, the clinic provided some 2,393 patient lab/diagnostic testing; and 8,431 clinic-dispensed free prescriptions valued at more than $1 million. Overall, the clinic provided $5.55 in medical services for every $1 spent.
The corporate contributors to the Event included Perrigo Foundation, Wappoo Wood Products, Troy Ford, Trojan Auto Care, Honda of America Mfg., Miami Valley Steel, Hemm’s Glass, Koverman Staley Dickerson Insurance, SEW Eurodrive, Pepcon, UVMC/Premier Health, Rep. Steve Huffman, French Oil, Mobilex, Peak Foods, Spinnaker Coating and Minster Bank. Floral pieces for the table tops were donated by Meijer of Troy.
The guest speakers were Rev. Sherman Bradley of Cincinnati, and Gary Hovey of New Knoxville, who was featured in a video.
Check out further result details here: 2017 Healing Jar Gala Results Report