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SBL Raises Thousands for Healthcare Scholarships

March 3, 2016 1:53 p.m.

The 32nd Annual La Grande Soirée raised nearly $20,000 in support of the SBL Guild scholarship program to help area students pursue healthcare careers.

 “It was a great evening and an easy way for people to support a great cause,” event coordinator Kim Lockart said. “With today’s shortage of rural healthcare providers, we are committed to helping these students achieve their academic healthcare goals.”

The night’s sponsors included VIP  1 sponsors: Charleston Clinic East & Charleston Family Practice; Charleston Family Practice & The Ranchero Clinic; First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust; Tim & Cathy Ols; Quinn, Johnston, Henderson, Pretorius & Cerulo; The Ranchero Clinic; Dr. & Mrs. Donald Sandercock; and KC Summers Buick Toyota GMC. VIP 2 sponsors included: Dr. Matthew & Shasta Jones; McCarthy Building Co.; and Slumberland Furniture. Towne Square Jewelers of Charleston sponsored the “Diamond & Ice” event in which participants purchased glasses of champagne for a chance to win a diamond necklace valued at $4,975. Kaleigh Taylor was this year’s lucky winner.

Michelle Buenker was the winner of a St. Louis Cardinal Baseball raffle package. The package included four dugout, box-seat tickets to the Monday, May 2, St. Louis Cardinals’ game against the Phillies; hotel accommodations at the Residence Inn downtown; a $50 gas card; cash for food; logoed clothing and much 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 the student’s scholastic achievement, financial need and the availability of funds.

For more information about the scholarship program, contact Colleen Stoner, director of Volunteer Services for Sarah Bush Lincoln at 258-4180. For more information about the event, contact Kim Lockart, Special Event Office for SBL Foundation, at 238-4765.

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