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The Community Power of “Corks & Cuisine”

 Among the guests at this year’s Corks & Cuisine event were, from left, Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital CEO Dr. Lesley Ogden, William Arens, Dr. Jerry Flaming and Rebecca Flaming.

Among the guests at this year’s Corks & Cuisine event were, from left, Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital CEO Dr. Lesley Ogden, William Arens, Dr. Jerry Flaming and Rebecca Flaming.

Record-setting year for North Lincoln Hospital Foundation’s Corks & Cuisine

It was a record-setting year for North Lincoln Hospital Foundation’s annual Corks & Cuisine fine food and wine fundraising event, held Saturday, April 9, at Salishan Spa & Golf Resort.

Foundation Director Cindi Fostveit reported that a record number of attendees (138 registered guests) helped to achieve an event record of more than $51,000. The proceeds are destined for the purchase of an ultrasound machine for the Cardiopulmonary Department at Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital (SNLH). Equally important as the funds raised, is the support demonstrated by individuals, businesses and agencies who came together to make the event so successful.

“All the pieces fell into place to make a nearly perfect event,” Fostveit said. “Something magical happened at this year’s Corks & Cuisine event which helped us to exceed our goals and set new fundraising and attendance records. This is a perfect example of how teamwork can make the dream work! “I can’t thank everyone enough for helping us reach our event goal,” she continued. I am continually amazed by the outpouring of support and generosity from our community and our team at Samaritan.”

During the evening, guests sampled fine wines and enjoyed gourmet entree selections prepared by Salishan chefs, while socializing and listening to music by Greg Ernst and Friends.

Some of the funds raised were through a silent auction of 29 themed baskets filled with a variety of must-have items for every member of the household. There was also a live auction of high-value items, such as a Traeger grill and Kenmore washer and dryer set. This was followed by the “restaurant frenzy” auction of local restaurant gift certificates and the “magnum mania” auction of fine wines. The “Instant Wine Cellar” raffle of 120 bottles of wine raised $6,200, with Dr. Arun Raman holding the winning ticket.

One highlight of the evening was the “paddle raise,” during which guests raised their bid card to donate at specified dollar amounts between $1,000 and $100. This year’s paddle raise was also a record-breaker, raising $18,100. Fostveit credits the paddle raise success to Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital’s Chief Executive Officer Dr. Lesley Ogden. Not only did Ogden present an impactful program about the new hospital campus and the need for community support, she offered to match all $100 bidders during the paddle raise, Fostveit said. This incentive match doubled the $100 gifts made by 25 bidders, for a total of $5,000.

For the last third of a century, the North Lincoln Hospital Foundation has provided nearly $2.9 million to purchase medical equipment, enhance program services, support patient and community wellness programs, and help low-income individuals obtain medical care. Such medical fundraising outreach is anticipated to increase in light of the eminent construction of a new North Lincoln Hospital no being planned for in earnest.

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