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CMMC Auxiliary Event Beats Previous Record Amount Raised to Aid Development of Women’s Health

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, the Fourth Annual Centegra Memorial Medical Center Mad Hatter Luncheon raised another record-breaking amount estimated at $112,000 to aid the development of women’s health at Centegra Memorial Medical Center in Woodstock. The event, which was held on Tuesday, May 2, at the Crystal Lake Holiday Inn, brought together 621 women in hats and outfits that celebrated their individual personalities and showed their support for women’s healthcare. Last year’s event raised a record $70,729.

“We are completely overwhelmed with the support and generosity of the women in attendance at this year’s event as well as the many additional sponsorships we received,”  Charie Zanck, Mad Hatter Committee Co-Chairwoman, said. “Every year we seem to reach even more women, businesses and individuals who want to help and who understand the importance of supporting and advancing healthcare in our community,”  she added.

This year’s event had a new twist; instead of inviting people to only wear red hats and purple dresses, the Auxiliary invited women to break out of the mold and wear a hat and outfit that best suited their individual personality. “We saw so many amazing hats at this year’s event. The hat selections were so unique and such a wonderful expression of everyone’s personality,”  Ms. Zanck, said.

Over $30,000 in company sponsorships, a record number of ticket sales, a silent auction with over 130 items and a “Ëœbig ticket’ live auction with such bidding items as a Wicked Weekend in Chicago, Walt Disney World package, a spa package to the American Club and Spa in Wisconsin and a gourmet dinner party for eight helped this fundraising effort.

This has become an annual event that keeps growing. Since the first Red Hat Luncheon in 2003, over $261,939 has been raised to aid in the advancement of healthcare programs for women at Centegra Memorial Medical Center. The money raised this year will be used to enhance the holistic care of breast cancer patients at Centegra Memorial Medical Center.