2017 was an extraordinary year for South Central Regional Medical Center in Laurel. The health system celebrated its 65th anniversary, announced plans for the construction of a new emergency department, a medical office tower, and a new rehabilitation and wellness facility. As a result of the funds donated to the South Central Health Care Foundation, numerous health screenings and educational programs were provided free to the community during the year.
Becky Collins, Director of Community Relations at South Central Regional Medical Center said, “The Art of Healing, an annual auction and social event, serves as the main fundraiser for the South Central Health Care Foundation. One of the most anticipated events in South Central Mississippi, the Art of Healing features art from around the country which has been donated for auction by artists.”
The 2018 Art of Healing auctions will feature woodwork; oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings; handmade jewelry; and more. Along with art, the event will feature a “Friends of the Foundation” silent auction category, which will include items donated by businesses and individuals, such as specialty dinners, vacations, skincare products, handbags, photography sessions, and more. Internationally acclaimed artist, Mark Landis, has donated several pieces for the silent auction again this year, and has also contributed to the live auction.
South Central is excited to welcome back one of the top cover bands in the South, Dr. Zarr’s Amazing Funk Monster. The band will keep all guests entertained with music from the 70s and 80s to current day with their performance until 11pm. "We had over 500 in attendance at the event last year, and guests enjoyed the music and an evening of dancing. The band was so much fun, those attending requested we bring the band back again this year,” Collins said. “Their music is the perfect mixture of favorites for crowds of all ages.”
“The Art of Healing serves as the largest fundraiser of the South Central Health Care Foundation. The proceeds from the event, as well as financial contributions made during other foundation fundraisers contribute to the cost of community health projects. Over the years, thousands of local citizens have participated in wellness initiatives coordinated and funded by the foundation,” Collins said. “Early detection of disease is key. As a result of our efforts health conditions have been found early and lives have been saved.”
The event has grown each year, and event planners are expecting another large crowd this year. “The cost of the event is extremely reasonable at $40.00. I encourage you to get your tickets early by visiting the scrmc.com web site,” Collins said. “We are going to have a great time.”
The 2018 event is planned for Saturday, March 24th and will begin at 7pm. The event will feature a silent auction, a live auction, a large array of food, a cash bar, live music by Dr. Zarr’s Amazing Funk Monster, and much more. "The 2018 Art of Healing will be a night to remember and we hope you are there to celebrate. The dress for the evening is cocktail attire. To purchase tickets or for more information, please visit scrmc.com or call 601-399-0503. The event will be held at The Gables at 1915 Bush Dairy Road in Laurel," Collins concluded.
The event will again feature Greater Giving Online Bidding — allowing for a paperless bidding system. This will allow guests to use their smartphone or tablet to bid on silent auction items. Also, guests can easily track auction items by “following” their activity without having to continuously return to a table or bid sheet.
“Greater Giving Online Bidding was introduced to Art of Healing in 2017,” said Collins. “Electronic bidding provided guests the ability to bid on auction items from the comfort of their seat, the dance floor, or while outside talking with friends. Through electronic bidding, this year the silent auction will open early to reserved ticket holders the week of the event. We encourage those interested in attending to purchase tickets early to take advantage of this early bidding opportunity.”
“We are always looking to make the Art of Healing a fun and exciting event,” said Collins. “In 2017, we included a wine pull at the event. The wine pull featured over 40 bottles of wine donated by local medical providers valued from $20 to over $200. Guests randomly selected a number and paid $20 to win a bottle of wine. It was exciting and fun for all involved.” The event will feature a wine pull again this year.
Bubbles and Bling
“This year the Art of Healing will also feature “Bubbles and Bling,” Collins said. “It is sure to wow our guests! Hill’s In-House Jewelers of Laurel has partnered with South Central to donate a half-carat diamond to the Art of Healing. With a purchase of a glass of champagne for $50, guests will randomly be given a glass with a jewelry bag attached. Inside the bag will be either a real diamond or cubic zirconia. The participants will have their jewel appraised by Hill’s In-House Jewelers and the grand prize winner will be announced during the live auction.”
Collins concluded by saying, “The Art of Healing would not be possible without the contributions from numerous community partners and donations made by artists and others who contribute to the event. We sincerely appreciate their support and help.”
Established in 1992, the South Central Health Care Foundation’s primary purpose is to improve the health of the community. Over the last year, hundreds of area residents have participated in free programs offered through the South Central Foundation and lives have been saved as a result of the initiatives. The cost of providing free health screenings can be high. The South Central Health Care Foundation provides screenings for hypertension, body mass index, grip strength, balance, vision, hearing, colon cancer, skin cancer, prostate cancer, depression, diabetes, sleep apnea and other conditions continue to be offered free of charge because of the generous contributions made at the Art of Healing and other foundation events. By utilizing financial contributions from fundraisers throughout the year, the South Central Health Care Foundation invests thousands of dollars into the health of the community.
For more information visit scrmc.com or call 601-399-0503.
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