New gala announced on April 29 to benefit Medina Memorial Hospital

By Ginny Kropf, correspondent Posted 5 April 2023 at 8:22 am

Megan Johnson

MEDINA – The local community has an opportunity to dress up for an elegant night out and support Medina Memorial Hospital.

Megan Johnson, executive director of Orleans Community Health’s foundation, has announced a fundraising gala from 6 to 10 p.m. on April 29 at Bent’s Opera House.

The theme is “Light up the Night,” and will feature gourmet food stations, a fun party band and exclusive silent auction.

The Foundation already sponsors Treasure Island in November, a cash raffle and golf tournament in the summer.

“We were looking for a different event to do in spring,” Johnson said. “The theme will be different every year.”

Entertainment will be provided by Something Else, a popular rock band from Rochester.

While this is a formal event, Johnson said it is not your traditional black tie requirement. It is considered “creative black,” she said, meaning men can wear a bright tie with their suit and women can wear a dressy dress or jumpsuit.

Lawley Insurance and Bent’s Opera House have already stepped up to be sponsors, and other sponsorships are available, Johnson said.

The silent auction will feature only five exclusive items, including a 10-year-old bottle of Pappy Rip Van Winkle bourbon. The liquor online sells for more than $1,000 a bottle, with some bottles priced at more than $5,000. It was donated by Main Street Liquor. Winners must be in attendance to claim their prize.

The evening will also include a short presentation by hospital CEO Marc Shurtz, who will share how far the hospital has come and his vision for the future.

Tickets for the event are $150 per person and can be purchased by visiting SupportOCH.org/event/gala. Tickets may also be purchased by sending a check to OCH Foundation, Attention Megan Johnson, 200 Ohio St., Medina, NY 14103; stopping in the Foundation office in the lobby of the hospital; or calling (585) 798-8426 to reserve and pay over the phone. Attendance is limited to 100 people.

In addition to Johnson, the Events Committee includes Cindy Hewitt, Barb Jantzi, Gloria Brent and Peter Bartula.