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13 years strong, 'Catch the Spirit' Gala continues to help many in need

April 6, 2011

PLYMOUTH — What has become a staple in the community, Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center/Plymouth’s annual “Catch the Spirit” Gala, has made a remarkable difference for Marshall County residents.
For example, in 2010, SJRMC’s Plymouth campus provided services that assisted 3,361 patients and included free medical care and prescription medication assistance as well as transportation, mobile health care screenings and health fairs.
“For more than 10 years now, our Gala has raised dollars to care for the poor and underserved at the hospital in many, many ways,” said Lori Price, SJRMC/Plymouth’s president. “We are so thankful for the community support over the years and we hope many more folks in and around Marshall County can attend this wonderful event coming up.”
Tickets are still available, as well as sponsorship opportunities, for the 13th Annual Catch the Spirit Gala, which will be held on Saturday, April 16, at the Swan Lake Golf Resort in Plymouth. Cocktails will be served beginning at 6 p.m. followed by dinner and the program at 7 p.m.
“The Gala is an event that highlights all that is good about our community,” said Ann Rathburn-Lacopo, chief development officer for the Foundation of SJRMC. “Swan Lake is an elegant location to celebrate the community coming together.”
One of the key ingredients to this delightful, delicious event is Swan Lake’s new Executive Chef, Cheryl Bernacchi, supervising and coordinating the culinary fare. The Plymouth Community Youth Orchestra Chamber Ensemble will provide musical entertainment during the cocktail reception and dinner and this year’s Gala will honor highly respected, long-time friend of the Marshall County area, Sam Schlosser with the Community Spirit Award.
"I am certainly honored to participate in the upcoming April 16 Hospital Gala which is designed to raise funds helping to provide health care services to the under served in Marshall County,” said Schlosser. “Kudos to SJRMC/Plymouth for their continued efforts to help those who need the help. I invite all to join the hospital in making this year's event a great success by making a contribution, buying a table or attending."
Schlosser has been President of The Plymouth Foundry since 1984, and has been a fixture in the Marshall County area dating back to, and before, his grade school days at Jefferson School in Plymouth. Following completion of Graduate Studies in MSIA and MSE, Schlosser served in the United States Air Force. He has served on numerous community Boards and he is an enthusiastic, active member of numerous Purdue University Alumni Clubs. Sam and his wife Karen continue to donate their time and efforts to many initiatives that improve the Marshall County area.
“The Schlossers have meant so much to this community,” said Rathburn-Lacopo. “They, as a couple, capture the essence of what the Gala is all about which is helping others, being of service, working hard, building successes, and catching the spirit. This will be a night to remember, and there is still time to be a part of it!”
To purchase tickets or for information regarding underwriting opportunities, call SJRMC/Plymouth at 574-935-2189.

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