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2019 Lincolnland Binga Raises $15,000 for Hospice Programs

September 20, 2019 9:38 a.m.

Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Foundation hosted its 12th annual Lincolnland Binga raising more than $15,000 to support services provided by Lincolnland Hospice of Sarah Bush Lincoln.

Participants played bingo at the Mattoon Eagles Club for a chance to win more than $2,000 in prizes donated by area boutiques, businesses and in-home consultants. Twenty people won prize packages valued between $100 and $350. Attendees also had the opportunity to bid on silent auction items ranging from handmade treasures and gift baskets to football tickets and gift certificates.

Lincolnland Hospice of Sarah Bush Lincoln cares for patients who are terminally ill, offers bereavement services to families, and fulfills end-of-life wishes through Grant-A-Wish. Bereavement services can begin when a person is admitted into Hospice, and are offered to those suffering from the loss of a loved one for up to 13 months. The Grant-A-Wish program helps people fulfill end-of-life wishes, providing that extra bit of help to make a special wish come true. Lincolnland Hospice provides care to those in its service area regardless of the ability to pay.

Special thanks to this year’s Title sponsors: Blake’s Shining Star and the Durdel family of Neoga; and the Cromwell Group, Inc. Rich Fanelli, SBL Patient Services director, and Dan Holste, SBL Post-Acute Care director, served as this year’s emcees. The following celebrity bingo callers, including SBL providers and leaders, added to the evening’s entertainment: Joan Alvarado, MD, Charleston Family Practice; Jerry Esker, President & CEO; Timothy Gray, MD, SBL Bonutti Clinic; Dr. James Hildebrandt, DO, VP Medical Affairs; Jason Mathews, APRN, Prairie Family Practice; Michelle Mathews, APRN, Prairie Family Practice; Bernie Ranchero, MD, Ranchero Clinic, Center for Healthy Living; Michael Smith, MD, ENT Clinic; Kim Uphoff, VP Operations; and a Durdel family friend.

Thank you also to Jerry and Carol Myerscough of Arby’s in Mattoon and Charleston for their generous donation of ArbyQ, and to McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. for donating four tickets to a St. Louis Blues Hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins for a raffle package. Candice Kessler was the lucky winner.

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