WESTFIELD - The Westfield Memorial Hospital Foundation hosted its most successful wine and cheese tasting fundraiser in five years recently at the 21 Brix Winery in Portland.
The evening was set off by the eclectic charm of the winery as guests enjoyed a wide variety of appetizers and dazzling desserts provided by foundation and hospital board members and friends.
Event guests sampled an array of wines from 21 Brix Winery, lemon infused ice water, cider and a selection of cheese and crackers from Cadwell Cheese House of Dewittville. Webb's Candies and The Brothers Wood Co. of Mayville provided various kinds of chocolates and potato chips respectively, for guests to enjoy while TOPS Friendly Markets provided a tray of mini sandwiches, pretzels and dip for the festivities. Westfield Nursery, Inc. provided numerous pumpkins, gourds and mums which also lent to the festive air.
WMH Foundation President Rose Van Volkenburg (L) and Development Director Patricia DiPalma (R) accept a check from Sr. VP of Business Development of SVHS Ms. Karen Surkala (C) Friday, Oct. 26 during a fundraiser held at 21 Brix Winery in Portland.
More than 110 people attended the event, prompting Director of Development Patricia Gaughan DiPalma to say: "We are very pleased with the evening's turnout and remain very grateful to the entire community, especially our treasured donors, who believe so strongly and care so deeply about our community hospital, its foundation and our dual missions."
While the proceeds of the event went towards the foundation's 2012 campaign, Sr. VP of Business Development of affiliate hospital Saint Vincent Health System Ms. Karen Surkala presented a $50,000 check representing her organization's 2011 challenge grant which went towards the foundation's 2011 campaign.
WMH Foundation President Rose Van Volkenburg thanked Ms. Surkala for SV's generous gift.
"We thank you for your commitment and for your affiliation once again this year," Van Volkenburg said.
For more information about the foundation or to find out how to give to the 2012 campaign, visit www.westfieldhospitalfoundation.org or call Patty DiPalma at 716-793-2338.