Puttin' on the Ritz ... for a reason

Enjoying the Healthy Futures Dinner and Auction are, from left, Jane Wiggins, Jeanne Northon, Marge McClaran, Gail Swart, Jack McClaran, Duane Wiggins and Dick Northon.

It was not surprise that the Healthy Futures Dinner and Auction raised enough money to purchase two needed pieces of equipment for Wallowa Memorial Hospital.

What surprised many in attendance at the function, themed Putting on the Ritz," was the generous gift from Community Bank of $30,000.

As of Tuesday, the auction and dinner had raised a total of $95,362, said Healthy Futures Foundation staff member Karen Coppin.

"And that's just so far, because more donations are trickling in," she said. "Just today another $500 came in."

The proceeds of the dinner and auction will purchase a $27,300 C-arm fluoroscopy machine, used during surgery and in emergency room procedures.

Also to be purchased is a new portable X-ray machine, replacing a 35-year-old unit, that will cost $27,000.

Coppin said that all 256 tickets were sold for the dinner, at $50 each, with another approximately 100 people coming in for the auction.

The Community Bank donation, presented to the foundation by Don Swart, Sr., will go directly to the effort to construct the new home of Wallowa Memorial Hospital, to be built off of Flora Street in the north end of Enterprise, next to the county fairgrounds.

The new hospital is estimated to cost $15.7 million, with $14 million in loans either directly or secured by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Community Bank's donation will help offset the $1.7 million difference.

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