2019 GALA OF LIGHTS
RAISES OVER $181,000 FOR CHS NORTHEAST

It was truly a night of celebration, as 600 guests filled the Cabarrus Arena & Events Center on March 9 for the 25th Anniversary Gala of Lights.  Led by Gala Co-chairs Diane Honeycutt and Cyndie Mynatt, the 30 committee members, 25 volunteers and Cabarrus Healthcare Foundation Staff transformed the arena into a wonderland to raise over $181,000 for our hospital CHS NorthEast.

The money raised will continue to provide funding for innovative programs, specialized equipment and additional needs like the update to the Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC). The CAC upgrade funding was a special request made by Founding and Current Board Member Ann Cannon, an honorary Gala Chair along with her husband Bill Cannon.

Guests were greeted by a snowy entrance as they walked up to the venue.  Once inside guests were able to mingle in several areas including a VIP reception, the silent auction area and the Ice Lounge.  The main ballroom opened at 8 p.m. and attendees were wowed by the transformation.  The program featured information on the 25 years of the Foundation, the presentation of the Lillibridge Outstanding Physician Awards and the live auction before dancing into the night with local musical favorite Too Much Sylvia.

AND THE WINNER IS…Congratulations to Ann Cook who won the $10,000 raffle prize! Ann stopped by the Cabarrus Healthcare Foundation office after work one day and purchased her winning ticket.  Ann is a CHS NorthEast Teammate who was not in attendance at the gala, so the Cabarrus Healthcare Foundation staff, with the help of CHS President Phyllis Wingate, had the pleasure of surprising Ann with the news the following Monday!

A special thank you to board member Dean Wike who sold the most raffle tickets for the Gala.