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Fundraiser for Westfield hospital foundation exceeds expectations

November 28, 2012
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

WESTFIELD - Westfield Memorial Hospital Foundation hosted its most successful wine and cheese tasting fundraiser in five years at 21 Brix Winery in Portland on Friday, Oct. 26.

The evening was set off by the eclectic charm of the winery as guests enjoyed a wide variety of appetizers and dazzling desserts provided by foundation and hospital board members and friends.

Event guests sampled an array of wines from 21 Brix Winery, lemon infused ice water, cider and a selection of cheese and crackers from Cadwell Cheese House of Dewittville. Webb's Candies and The Brothers Wood Co., of Mayville provided various kinds of chocolates and potato chips respectively for guests to enjoy while Tops Friendly Markets provided a tray of mini sandwiches, pretzels and dip for the festivities. Westfield Nursery, Inc., provided numerous pumpkins, gourds and mums, which also lent to the festive air. More than 110 people attended the event.

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Westfield Memorial Hospital Foundation President Rose Van Volkenburg, left, and Development Director Patricia DiPalma, right, accept a check from Senior Vice President of Business Development of Saint Vincent Health System Karen Surkala, center, on Friday, Oct. 26 during a fundraiser held at 21 Brix Winery in Portland.

"We are very pleased with the evening's turnout and remain very grateful to the entire community, especially our treasured donors, who believe so strongly and care so deeply about our community hospital, its foundation and our dual missions," Director of Development Patricia Gaughan DiPalma said.

While the proceeds of the event went towards the foundation's 2012 campaign, Senior Vice President of Business Development Karen Surkala of affiliate hospital Saint Vincent Health System presented a $50,000 check representing her organization's 2011 challenge grant which went towards the foundation's 2011 campaign.

WMH Foundation President Rose Van Volkenburg thanked Surkala for Saint Vincent's generous gift.

"We thank you for your commitment and for your affiliation once again this year," Van Volkenburg said.

For more information about the foundation or to find out how to give to the 2012 campaign, visit or call DiPalma at 793-2338.



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