Posted: Apr 28, 2013 11:10 AM by Dennis Carlson
Updated: Apr 29, 2013 12:12 PM
BOZEMAN - Thirteen is a lucky number for Bozeman Deaconess Hospital. The foundation for the Bozeman facility raised $300,000 over the weekend during the 13th annual hospitality dinner/auction.
The money will help pay for an expansion at the BDH Cancer Center.
The event had a far eastern theme, titled an "Evening Infused with Good Fortune," because chemotherapy treatments are called infusion therapy.
More than 460 guests, many in costume, partied the night away, while bidding on a pair of silent auctions as well during a rowdy live auction presided over by Wheat Montana's Dean Folkvord.
At this time, the Cancer Center has 10 chemo suites, which are booked more than 100 percent of the time. That's why hospital officials are looking to expand that by four suites, at a cost of $650,000.
After last night's event, they are now halfway to their goal.
"I had somebody say to me tonight, 'I've never given so much money for something I hope I never need, but I know that if I do need it, it'll be there and if someone I love needs it, it'll be there.' And that's what it's all about," said Debra Gill, Executive Vice President for Philanthropy at BDH.