The Southeast Arkansas Health Foundation’s Tuesday night dinner and auction raised more than $10,000 to help fund new hospital beds for Drew Memorial Hospital’s intensive care unit and furnishings for the hospital’s 41 new patient rooms and cancer treatment center, which is currently under construction.
The $10,000 does not include money raised from corporate sponsorships and individual donations, according to foundation president Tom Wingard.
More than 100 people attended the event, which was held at the Monticello Country Club and included dinner, music, and a live and silent auction.
The auction brought in a number of good bids, such as the winning $900 bid for a skin resurfacing procedure by Monticello cosmetic and general surgeon Dr. John Tadesco, a $400 bid for cowboy fire pit grill donated by North Hyatt Storage, and about $600 for several prints by local artists.
The most lively bidding, however, was for the Saline River Diamonds necklace, bracelet and earrings. John Porter Price and Beth Maxwell got into a bit of a bidding war for the jewelry with Maxwell winning the battle with her $500 bid.