Run for the Roses Raises Nearly $20,000 for St. Joseph’s and Wesleyan
Buckhannon, WV—The fourth annual St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation and West Virginia Wesleyan Gala profited nearly $20,000 for the two respective organizations. The event, “Run for the Roses” was held April 30 at the Stonewall Resort and attracted nearly 250 persons. John ’76 and Judy Haskins of Buckhannon served as the event’s community host and hostess.
Churchill Downs Benefactors were Energy Land & Mineral, Friends of West Virginia Wesleyan and St. Joseph’s Hospital, and Dennis and Linda Xander, 1975 Wesleyan graduates.
Winner’s Circle Patrons included JF Allen Company, The Charleston Group at Graystone Consulting, Thomas ‘64 and Carol Dunn ’63 of Buckhannon, First Central Bank, The Huntington National Bank, Sue Johnson-Phillippe and Jim Phillippe of Buckhannon, Dr. Michael Kirk and Dr. Elaine Kirchdoerfer of Buckhannon, Pallottine Health Services, Inc., Seneca Medical, T & F Exploration, LP, William ‘58 and Mara Watson ’58 of Wellsburg, RL Wharton Enterprises, and West Virginia Wesleyan College.
Other sponsors were Roger Brown ’63, Crews and Associates, and Nelson Mullins Riley and Scarborough, LLP.
Grandstand supporters were Abel Family Eyecare, Dr. Burton L. and Elaine M. Abel, David Alkire and Bonnie Alkire, realtor Griffin Real Estate, Terry and Linda Cronin, Steve ’70 and Kathy Foster ‘71, Greg ‘90 and Shauna Jones ’92, Bob and Pam Walling, Dick ‘64 and Carol Ralston’73, Dr. John and Lora Mathias, Dr. Larry and Becky Williams, Holt and Mary Alice Poling, and J.C. and Cindy Raffety ‘91.
The event featured an array of southern foods, Kentucky Derby-themed entertainment, a silent and live auction, and entertainment by Rick K. and the Allnighters.
“We are deeply appreciative for the support we received from so many people from Upshur and surrounding counties,” stated Johnson-Phillippe, president and chief executive officer of St. Joseph’s Hospital. “The Gala has become the “social event of the summer,” where people make new friendships and lasting memories while supporting two economic pillars of Buckhannon and Upshur County.”
“The Gala is a very important event for Wesleyan and St. Joseph’s,” added Wesleyan President Balch. “Our partnership with the hospital is very important and we are delighted that this event has allowed both organizations to build and enhance relationships with new and old friends.”
Proceeds from the event will benefit an electronic health records system at St. Joseph’s Hospital and teaching laboratory equipment for the College’s new David E. Reemsnyder Research Center.