BOWMAN, ND – Celebrity Waiter Dinner, Southwest Healthcare Services’ annual fundraiser, generated roughly $40,000 this year, exceeding the mark set in 2019. The 11th annual event was hosted at the 4 Seasons Pavilion on Leap Day, February 29, 2020.
The 12-person committee comprised of employees of Southwest Healthcare Services began event planning in early January and worked tirelessly to gather donations, book the Mudd Butte band as entertainment, and hire Home Cooking by Lennie Kempenich to cater the event.
The healthcare system was once again showered with generosity from donors from Bowman and the surrounding communities. This year donations came from 125 unique donors. Donations included gift baskets, clothing apparel, sporting event tickets, gift certificates and monetary donations, among others.
Nearly 240 tickets were sold and 16 uniquely themed tables decorated. Themes from the event this year were WWE/Professional Wrestling, Gone Fishin’, Roaring 20s, Sleepover, Frogs for Leap Year, Remember When, Biker Gang, Margaretville, 101 Dalmatians, Despicable Me, Saturday Night Live, Visions of Rehab, We’re With The Band, Beverly Hillbillies, Big Bang Theory and The Benchwarmers.
Funds raised through the live and silent auctions will be used directly for patient care. The money raised from Celebrity Waiter allows Southwest Healthcare Services to replace outdated equipment, or purchase new equipment and supplies.
“This event is a great opportunity for the community to have some fun and help the health care in our community,” said Cole Benz, marketing and public relations director of Southwest Healthcare Services. “This event wouldn’t have been the success it was without the community support we received.”