The Friends Gala Virtual Auction raises more than $100K for Saint Francis Foundation

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – The Friends Gala Virtual Auction raised more than $100,000 for Saint Francis Foundation.

This marked the sixth year of the fundraising event The Friends Gala, but this was the first year in a virtual format. The virtual auction was held August 9-25.

“The circumstances are different this year, but the needs remain the same,” Jimmy Wilferth, Vice President of Marketing and Foundation at Saint Francis Healthcare System, said of the event. “The money and resources we raised as a result provide not only the much needed rehab, medicine, equipment and general finances necessary to regain optimal health after a major life event, it provides hope. Hope is the expectation of a positive outcome, and provides the strength necessary to fight and believe like never before. That is when healing has the upper hand.”

Contributions raised each year benefit the CancerCare and CardiacCare funds offered through the Foundation. The CardiacCare fund provides assistance with cardiac rehabilitation and other necessary services and equipment for patients unable to afford them. The CancerCare fund helps cancer patients in need with nutritional supplements, medicine, transportation and lodging.

Last year the fifth annual Friends Gala raised more than $315,000 for the Saint Francis Foundation.

For more information about The Friends of Saint Francis or to reserve a table for the 2022 Friends Gala, call 573-331-5791 or visit The Friends Gala page.

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