Event a huge success.

The Sleepy Eye Medical Center and Sleepy Eye Healthcare Foundation’s Spirit of Giving Gala, held Oct. 13 at the Sleepy Eye Event Center, was a huge success. The event was a fundraiser to aid in SEMC’s purchase of 3D mammography software and well over $100,000 was raised.

Gala committee member, Sara Schultz—an RN at SEMC, said over 200 people attended the event. The evening included socializing, dinner, silent and live auction and entertainment by the a capella quartet, Tonic Sol-fa. Radiologist, Dr. Nate Groebner, spoke about the difference 3D technology can make in providing early detection of breast cancer. Chiloe Kottke, SEMC RN, shared her journey of her breast cancer fight and survival.

Raising over $100,000 in one evening is a big accomplishment. It happened through the generous response to an offer by Presenting Sponsor, First Security Bank, to match up to $50,000 in donations. After the match was announced by Tom Goetz, First Security Bank President, donations were asked for in what was termed the “fund-a-need” portion of the event.

“The fund-a-need portion was just asking for donations, and you should have seen the outpouring of generosity in that room,” said Schultz. “It was amazing!” Those in attendance were simply asked to donate, in amounts from $100 to $10,000, and the response brought in the desired $50,000 match.

The success of the Gala, combined with grant funds and a contribution from the Sleepy Eye Healthcare Foundation, means SEMC will soon be able to provide patients with 3D mammography.