Methodist Hospitals Foundation held its first event, Mardi Gras Gala, February 19, 2011. The event was put together by a committee, Foundation Friends, comprised of Methodist Hospital’s employees. This employee-driven grassroots initiative is a reflection of the commitment of Methodist’s employees to support the hospital. During this event, Methodist employees raised over $25,000.
The Gala was the employee kickoff event for Methodists’ First 100 Campaign. The First 100 Campaign was developed in recognition of the fact that 100 years ago, twenty physicians donated $100 each to provide the equipment necessary to operate the hospital. Today, the First 100 Campaign has been created to help fund the needs of the patients and communities Methodist Hospitals serves.
The Mardi Gras Ball, held at the Radisson Star Plaza Hotel, included a parade, face painting, jugglers, dancing, a dessert buffet, and the crowing of Methodist Hospitals’ own Mardi Gras King and Queen. The court, consisting of Princes and Princesses who were nominated to run for King and Queen, included Peter Melcher, Luis Marquez, Cynthia Thompson, Jennifer Sanders, Eileen Ryan, Teri McCormick, Ruthie McCowin, Stacy Knox, and Cynthia Chumrley. The winners of King and Queen were King Luis Marquez and Queen Teri McCormick.
All proceeds from the event will benefit the Methodist Foundation whose objective is to support Methodist Hospitals in continuing its mission that includes access to high quality health care for everyone, including the region’s most vulnerable population; superb emergency and trauma care; public health vigilance; education of the next generation of healthcare professionals; and research to
advance the care of its patients.