A cool April evening at beautiful Veritas Vineyard and Winery in Afton was the setting for dinner, dancing and remembering as more than 230 people celebrated 25 years of Augusta Health’s care for the community. Guests included donors, Augusta Health Board members, employees, business partners and vendors, volunteers and patients. Proceeds from the fundraiser will support digital breast tomosynthesis — also known as 3D mammography — for the early detection of breast cancer.
The event kicked off with a cocktail hour and welcoming remarks by Reverend John Peterson, past chair of the Augusta Health Board. A historical video with details of the health system’s beginnings, following the merger of two predecessor hospitals, Staunton’s King’s Daughter’s and Waynesboro Community, provided memories from those who witnessed the development and construction of the new, modern Augusta Medical Center in Fishersville.
As guests dined on sumptuous, chef-crafted creations such as seared salmon with saffron crème, Augusta Health President and CEO Mary Mannix greeted the crowd and offered an overview of the health system’s expanded clinical capabilities over the past five years, and thanked community members for their generous philanthropic support of new programs such as cardiac catheterization, the expanded Emergency Department, advanced cancer care and specialty care.
The black-tie-optional gala served as the first of many celebrations in the community for Augusta Health’s 25th anniversary. Throughout the evening, guests could bid on numerous silent auction items that ranged from fine jewelry donated by Crown Jewelers and H.L. Lang in Staunton, professional golf lessons at the Club at Ironwood, and a six-day stay at a beachfront condo in Puerto Vallarta, compliments of Progressive Management Systems.
Generous businesses, volunteers and donors gave nearly $100,000 in support of breast cancer prevention. A magnificent time was had by all!