BHS Foundation's Crystal Ball Raises over $140,000
The BHS Foundation’s Annual Crystal Ball was held Saturday, March
11 at the Pittsburgh Marriott North in Cranberry Twp.
Larry Richert, Host of the KDKA Morning News served as the Master of Ceremonies.
A sell-out crowd of more than 440 guests enjoyed an “An Evening by
the Sea” celebration that raised over $140,000. Proceeds are being
directed toward developing a Robotic Surgery program at Butler Memorial
Hospital. Robotic surgery allows doctors to perform complex procedures
with more precision, flexibility, and control than with conventional techniques.
The event was planned by BHS Foundation staff, along with a group of committee
Lead sponsors for the event included: PA Brain & Spine Institute, Three
Rivers Cardiac Institute, Butler Imaging and Interventional Associates,
Agr International, Inc. and Concordia Lutheran Ministries. Numerous other
sponsors also contributed to the event.
Business Partners for the event included: International Quality Consultants,
Inc., SEI, BB&T, Metz Culinary & Environmental Management, MSA,
UPMC Health Plan, Butler Eagle, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, NexTier
Bank, and Sunnyview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
“This event would not be possible without the continued support of
our business community, and the hard work and dedication of our committee
and volunteers,” says Kris Bowser, BHS Foundation Development Specialist.
“We are proud to raise money to provide needed services to our community
and region and are thrilled at the success of this event.”
The “Women of Legacy Award” was presented to the Riding for
the Cure Group for their contributions toward cancer care in Butler and
Armstrong Counties. When a close friend was diagnosed with breast cancer
at the age of 35, Lynda Kerr was inspired to do something to help her
friend with emotional and financial support. What began as a small group
of concerned friends, five years ago, has evolved into an annual breast
cancer awareness motorcycle ride that today involved hundreds of people.
Last year’s ride, held on the last Saturday in July had 357 motorcycles,
some with multiple riders.
Since forming, the group has raised over $129,000 to benefit cancer services
in Butler and Armstrong Counties.
“It’s important to us that this money stays local,” says
Riding for the Cure board members Amy Stivison and Deb Neff. “So
many people and businesses in our community have supported this project.
This is our way of honoring our friends and neighbors.”
Each year the ride, held on the last Saturday of July, is dedicated in
honor of someone who is battling cancer. Monies raised help patients with
treatments, medications, and gas cards used for traveling to appointments.
In addition to the annual ride, the group also collects hair donations
for wigs and hair halos and underwrites the cost of these items, they
provide cancer care bags that include items to help patients who are undergoing
chemo and radiation therapy, as well as with numerous other fundraising
events held throughout the year.
“Cancer doesn’t discriminate, and neither do we,” noted
Riding for the Cure President, Lynda Kerr. For information on other Riding
for the Cure events, visit
their Facebook page.
The “Women of Legacy Award” honors those who have notably contributed
to the health and well-being of the Butler county community through excellence
in patient care, overcoming personal illness or crisis, or improving some
aspect of our community’s health. This award was instituted through
a donation from William A. DiCuccio, M.D. in memory of his mother, Catherine
Mae DiCuccio. Mrs. DiCuccio had an intense desire to see that medical
care in Butler was the best that it could be. As a wife, mother, hospital
auxilian, and a community volunteer, she was a woman who understood the
essence of family and the fullest sense of healthy living - spiritually,
emotionally and physically.
In addition to the Crystal Ball, other major BHS Foundation fundraising
events include: an annual golf outing held at the Butler Country Club
in June; the Dietrich Memorial Educational Symposium, providing continuing
education to medical professionals; and the Caring Angel Program, raising
funds for uninsured/underinsured care for children in the Emergency Room
and toward family support educational and support programs.
For information on upcoming events or to donate to Butler Health System’s
Foundation, please contact the BHS Foundation at 724-284-4716.