It’s been 23 years since the Wallowa Valley Health Care Foundation sponsored its first Healthy Futures Dinner Auction to raise money to improve local health care.

That first year was a smashing success by all accounts, raising more than $19,000 for a new house for visiting medical residents to stay during their six-week rural rotations.

Last year, the event raised more than $117,000 for a new Genius 3D Mammography, and enthusiasm for supporting health care continues to be strong.

This year, proceeds will go towards a new ultrasound system, at a cost of $170,000, to replace an aging one that will be at its “end of life” in December and no longer serviceable.

“Our mission is to provide premier care, and that means having up-to-date equipment,” said Imaging Director Josie Conrad. “The new system offers many new benefits to patients.”

The event will be 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at Cloverleaf Hall in Enterprise. The event features an elegant three-course sit-down dinner, prepared by Backyard Gardens and served by the Enterprise High School Family, Career and Community Leaders of America students.

More than 60 silent auction items, donated by local business owners, will be on display during the social hour. After dinner, 20 live auction items will be up for a bidding war, with the lucky winners taking home trips, experiences, art and maybe even a Stihl chain saw.

A Paddle Raise will allow those who didn’t end up as winning bidders to still show their support with cash donations, and games like Heads or Tails and Wine Roulette will give everyone a chance to participate.

“We try to make it fun, and to make it possible for people to get involved at all levels,” said Foundation director Stacy Green. “We really appreciate the incredible level of support we receive from everyone who donates items and attends the event.”

Tickets are on sale through the foundation and typically sell out the week before the event. Those attending use the opportunity to dust off their best finery.

“We call it ‘Wallowa County formal,’” said Green. “Which means you won’t be out of place in a cocktail dress or suit, but you can wear whatever you want.”

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