BRAWLEY â€“ Thursday, October 16, the PMH Foundation held their 11th Annual Under the Stars Gala on the Pioneer Hospitalâ€™s lawn tucked in between the Womenâ€™s Center and the main hospital.
Marvin Lewis, Jr. was named the 2014 recipient of the Margaret Award. The “Margaret Award” was created and named in honor of their very first honored recipient, Margaret C. Lassey. Mrs. Lassey dedicated many years of service to the Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District.
Lewis, who was unaware of being the recipient, said, â€œTo say Iâ€™m surprised would be an understatement, but just having my name mentioned with Margaret Lassey is the real honor.â€
Greg Smith, one of the Masters of Ceremony, said of Lewis, â€œMarvin has always been civic minded, he is one of our contributing artists each year, he ran the Foundationâ€™s Golf Tournament, making it one of the finest in the valley, and he was instrumental in the construction planning of the ICU.â€
This yearâ€™s theme, Paris, the City of Lights, was apparent throughout the dÃ©cor with Eiffle Towers surrounded in red roses and white Babyâ€™s Breath gracing each table.
Original, local artwork graced the auction room for patrons of the hospital to view before the bidding began. Each year the foundation awards the Jack and Eunice Fleming Memorial Art Award to two young student artists who represent the high standards and academic excellence that were exemplified by the Flemings.
This year, Sandra Pallares, a 15 year-old BUHS sophomore, won 2nd place with a pencil drawing of a table carefully set by a young man about to propose to his girlfriend in Paris, the city of love.
Amelia Augusta, a 16-year-old BUHS student, won 1st place with her â€œParis at Sundownâ€, a 16 x 20 watercolor and colored pencil artwork inspired by her motherâ€™s description of her time spent in Paris.
Each year, tens of thousands of dollars are raised by the Foundation to help the hospital purchase and build medical facilities and equipment that continue to raise the quality of services at the local hospital.
Photography by local favorites Jonathon Archer, Bill Meister, Bill Gates, and Marvin Lewis, Jr. were quickly bid up and sold, as was cross-stitch by Katie Martin, a past recipient of the Margaret Award, an honor bestowed at the end of the facilities to a person who has worked diligently for the good of the hospital.
Other artists whose works fetched top dollar were Barbara Cox, Mark Smith, Ann Smith, Leland Foerster, Joy Kramer, and Ruth Williams.
The well-attended auction and generosity of the patrons means improvements will continue to benefit Pioneers Memorial Hospital through the work of the Foundation.