“Knock three times and whisper the password ….VIM” … opened the door to a dazzling and beautifully decorated Speakeasy Cabaret. Women in flapper dresses – slim black dresses with fringe, long strings of pearls and feathered headbands – men in black shirts, tuxedos and fedoras were seen among the more than 180 guests at the annual Volunteers in Medicine GALA. All were surrounded by ferns and palm trees courtesy of Ward’s Nursery and Garden Center.
The glittering evening offered exceptional hors d’oeuvres, drinks by Berkshire Mountain Distillers and Big Elm Brewing, greetings of friends and colleagues, the thrilling music of The Wanda Houston Band, and an opportunity to try your luck at blackjack for prizes and the good feelings of promoting the VIM mission.
Ilana Steinhauer, Director of Medical Services, and long-time Board Member and Volunteer Physician Jeffrey Blake shared compelling stories of the impact of VIM on the community and the important role the organization plays in caring for the uninsured and underinsured. Steinhauer told the audience: “I am also one of the luckiest people I know. Every morning I get to walk into VIM. And there it is, every single day … it is a realization of hope, hope that exists only because of you. You are the change makers. You are the ones standing up for an ideal, improving the lives of others, and, thus, sending forth further ripples of hope. And these ripples are spreading.”
Arthur Peisner, Chair of the Board of Trustees, greeted the audience and shared news of the expansion completed in the past year. Art noted “Our patients, staff and volunteers are so grateful for the wonderful new facilities you have helped us to provide. With your continued generosity we will be serving the needs of our community for years to come.”
Next up was the inspiring auction, featuring trips, dinners and spa pleasures. Members of the audience proved exceptionally generous in bidding for these items, as well as providing support during the Service Auction for VIM’s newly expanded comprehensive health and wellness programs.
An outstanding and delectable dinner followed (catered by Rita Welch with wine by Domaney’s Liquors and Fine Wines), with dancing to Wanda Houston and her band.
THE EVENING WAS A SMASHING SUCCESS, WITH MORE THAN $100,000 RAISED TO SUPPORT THE ESSENTAIL AND MUCH NEEDED PROGRAMS AND SERVICES OF VOLUNTEERS IN MEDICINE BERKSHIRES.
Kudos to our fearless Gala Committee Chairwoman Patricia Hubbard for her guidance and inspiration.
Kudos also to the committee members who brought all the elements of a successful evening together:
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