Sarah Bush Lincoln Raises Thousands for Healthcare Scholarships
Funds raised during the 29th Annual La Grande Soirée will help area students to pursue healthcare careers. Net proceeds, totaling more than $18,000, will support the SBL Volunteer Guild scholarship program.
“It was a great evening and an easy way for people to give to a great cause,” event coordinator Kim Lockart said. “With today’s shortage of healthcare providers in rural areas, we are committed to helping these students achieve their healthcare goals.”
The night’s VIP sponsors included Advanced Ophthalmology; Armstrong, Grove & Shoaff, LLC; Dr. Lori and Bob Cudone, First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust,
KC Summers Buick Toyota GMC, Mattoon Area Family YMCA, Dr. Don and Debbie Sandercock, Dr. Louis and Leza Mendella, R&B Receivables, and Wells Fargo Advisors. Towne Square Jeweler’s of Charleston sponsored the “Diamond Celebration,” in which participants purchased glasses of champagne for a chance to win a diamond necklace valued at $2,100. Kathy Holmes of Mattoon was this year’s lucky winner.
Laura Bollan of Charlestonwas the winner of a dining and entertainment raffle package valued at more than $1,200. The package included a $200 gift certificate from Effingham Performance Center, one night at The Hilton Garden Inn including brunch for two, and more.
Since 1979, the Guild scholarship program has awarded more than half a million dollars to provide scholarships to students in a 19-county area who are pursuing their educations in medically related fields. Qualified areas of study include, but are not limited to nursing, medical technology, radiology, physical therapy, pharmacy, dietetics, medical coding, and speech pathology. The school to be attended must be accredited or recognized as an approved program by the appropriate agencies. Scholarships are awarded for an academic year and are based on a student’s scholastic achievement, financial need and the availability of funds. This year’s scholarship application deadline is April 1. Selection of recipients is made in early May.
For more information about scholarships, contact Colleen Stoner, director of Volunteer Services at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health System at 258-4180. Scholarship applications are available online at www.sarahbush.org. For more information about the event, contact Kim Lockart at 238- or 348-4765.