Treasure Island fundraiser raises $36,000 for Orleans Community Health

Provided photos: Laurel Carney looks over baskets and bids from her phone during the Treasure Island fundraiser on Nov. 6. 

Posted 16 November 2021 at 11:14 am

Press Release, Orleans Community Health Foundation

MEDINA – After two years, Treasure Island was brought back on November 6th at a new location with a new bidding format.

With the introduction of a mobile bidding app, bidders could participate not only at the event at Shelby Fire Hall, but they could also do so from the comfort of their home. Anyone from anywhere could be bidding on the donated items during the auction.

Heather Smith, OCH Foundation Executive Director and Kimberly Gray, OCH CNO and Director of Surgical Services, enjoyed the fundraising event.

Although some missed the silent auction bidding sheets, it was evident that this new format brought a different element of bidder excitement and in the end it helped them exceed their goal.

This year’s event was a part of the 2021 “Together We Are Stronger” Fundraising Campaign that was built to benefit several different departments all across the Orleans Community Health system.

Treasure Island was specifically dedicated to raising funds for the purchase of a new stress test system in the Cardiac Services Department and the purchase of new patient lifts for our patient care area on the second floor of Medina Memorial Hospital.

There was an assortment of over 170 gift baskets and certificates that were donated by community members, hospital departments, local businesses, and also by several businesses located from the Finger Lakes to Buffalo. Some of the featured items were a trip to Myrtle Beach, overnight stay to local & regional hotels that included dinner, museum memberships, area golf course memberships, sporting goods & events, Coach purses, an assortment of furniture, a high-end bourbon tasting and local winery tasting parties.

Nearly 150 guests were on site to enjoy a wonderful buffet dinner provided by Zambistro’s Catering. In-person guests were also able to exclusively participate in the live auction, the Lucky Cork wine pull, door prizes and a 50/50. The event also boasted a small cash raffle with five different cash prizes.

During the event we heard from OCH Foundation Executive Director Heather Smith and guest auctioneer Wes Pickreign who both kept everyone up to date on how the bidding was going through the night. They were excited to close out the evening by announcing that they had met the goal of $35,000! Additional cash donations came in over the next few days that pushed the event past the goal and helped raise just over $36,000.

A highlight of the evening was hearing from the events honorary chairperson, Kimberly Gray, Orleans Community Health’s Chief Nursing Officer and Director of Surgical Services. During Kim’s speech she addressed the community as a whole, “Whether you are clinical practitioners, executive directors, administrators, health care workers, state/federal employees, social workers, work in academics, or community members supporting our local hospital – Thank you for the work that you do in serving our community. We need leaders and hard workers like you in all sectors working together to improve and maintain our local rural hospital.”

Kimberly was selected by the Treasure Island Steering Committee for her dedication to providing compassionate care to every patient we serve and her love of this community.

The Treasure Island Committee would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of this year’s sponsors, volunteers, participants and donors.  It is because of all of your generosity that this event was a success and we are grateful for your continued dedication to the services we provide here at Orleans Community Health.

A special thank you to Shelby Fire Hall for donating the hall and to our corporate supporters: Baxter Healthcare, Cooper Funeral Home, Generations Bank, Jr. Wilson’s Sportsman Club, Lake Country Pennysaver, OCH Medical Staff, Takeform, Visiting Nurses Association of WNY and WNY Energy.

This group enjoys the Treasure Island event. From left include Ken and Carol Baker, Gloria Brent, Michael Snyder, Brianna Pasnik and Angel Wolf.