2011 Annual Dinner a Star Studded Success

FOUNDATION RAISES $45,000 TO BENEFIT HOSPITAL

Annual Dinner Supports New London Family Medical Center

The Wolf River Area Healthcare Foundation raised $45,000 at its Eighth Annual Fundraising Dinner held on Tues., Sept. 20, at Crystal Falls Banquet Facility in New London. A total of 220 people attended the event, which was sponsored by 22 area and local businesses.

"It was a great night that engaged and connected people in our community to our mission," said Deborah Johnson, executive director of the foundation. "Our goal is to continue the fine work enriching and enhancing the facilities, equipment and education at New London Family Medical Center."

Proceeds from the event will be used toward a new chapel/reflection room; renovation of the family waiting lounge; infant car safety seats; wound care certification for two registered nurses; and new laboratory equipment.

Monica Nichter, practice administrator of Radiology Associations of The Fox Valley, said her organization was proud to be a sponsor.

"It was a wonderful evening and a real tribute to caring for a community," Nichter said. "We are proud to support the foundation’s continued efforts to improve healthcare in our community."

The event, themed "An Evening with the Stars," included "guest appearances" by Marilyn Monroe, Madonna and Sonny & Cher, impersonated by Jolene VanBeek of Clintonville and Tom Johnson of New London. Another evening highlight included a special raffle: a locked jewelry box containing more $4,700 worth of exquisite diamond and emerald jewelry generously donated by Ardys Feizter of London Jewelers. A total of 30 keys, $100 each, were sold. The lucky key holder was Jenny Meyer.

In addition to Radiology Associates, event sponsors included: August Winters, Epic Systems, Faith Technologies, First State Bank, Fox Communities Credit Union, Frog Country Radio, Griebenow Eye Care, Attorney Chuck Hartzheim, Klein Auto, Marion Body Works, McGladrey & Pullen, LLP, Dr. Marc Miller, New London Family Medical Center, Premier Community Bank, RPE, Radtke-Rhone Insurance Agency, Sara Lee, Sturm Foods, Urology Associates of Wisconsin, Woldt Cheese, and Women's Care of Wisconsin.

The Wolf River Area Healthcare Foundation was founded in 2003. Its mission is to seek and secure financial resources that ensure New London Family Medical Center has state-of-the-art facilities, equipment, outreach and education to best serve the healthcare needs of the communities it serves.

New London Family Medical Center is a non-profit 25-bed, critical access hospital serving New London and nearby communities in Outagamie and Waupaca counties. The hospital, which has been in operation

since 1930 and is part of ThedaCare, provides inpatient and outpatient surgery; a 24-hour emergency department; physical, occupational and speech therapies; diagnostic services including laboratory and imaging; pain management; transitional care; and a ThedaCare At Home retail store. A hospital expansion opened in 2010.

ThedaCare™ is a community health system consisting of five hospitals: Appleton Medical Center, Theda Clark Medical Center, New London Family Medical Center, Shawano Medical Center, and Riverside Medical Center in Waupaca. ThedaCare also includes ThedaCare Physicians, ThedaCare Behavioral Health, and ThedaCare at Home. ThedaCare is the largest employer in Northeast Wisconsin with more than 6,175 employees. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

For more information, media may contact Megan Wilcox (megan.wilcox@thedacare.org), APR, corporate and public relations specialist for ThedaCare, at (920) 830-5847.