Hospital raises funds for breast imaging with ‘Hee Haw’ show
by Franklin Clark, Reporter --
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Some 350 people attended the Hee Haw fundraiser for the Trigg County Hospital Foundation, held Saturday night at the Trigg County School Cafeteria, said Janet James, human resources director for the hospital.

This was the Trigg County Hospital Foundation’s first major fundraiser, which consisted of dinner, a show and a dessert auction, and the proceeds go to technology for the hospital’s breast imaging suite, said James, who thinks the event was a success.

“A little over $2,000 was raised just on the dessert auction alone,” James said. “It was very successful for us.” A total for how much was raised was not available at press time.

“We have currently raised over $10,000 with donations still coming in,” Audra Hodges, hospital director of public relations and marketing, said Monday.

In addition to the dessert auction, several people purchased what were called “spotlight tables,” which were in the first two rows, and those sponsors also made some additional contributions, James said.

“For a first major fundraiser, I think it was real successful,” said Alisa Coleman, Chief Executive Officer of the hospital. She thinks there will probably be similar fundraisers in the future, but added that a more definite decision on the matter will be made later.

There was a video presentation of a local woman who had been diagnosed with breast cancer, which was detected with the hospital’s digital mammography unit, which James said is why the fundraiser was held.

Everyone who attended received a brochure that talked about the hospital’s digital mammography unit.

The show itself was an homage to the television program “Hee Haw,” with local people doing versions of some of the show’s more popular skits. Many local leaders and officials participated, as did some Trigg County High School students.

Included in the program were skits about moonshiners and a barbershop, and performances of songs that were popularized by Patsy Cline and Barbara Mandrell.

Coleman herself was in the show, as was Trigg County Solid Waste Coordinator Jesse Thomas, who is also on the hospital’s board.

Others involved include Trigg County Judge Executive Stan Humphries, Cadiz Police Chief Hollis Alexander, Trigg County School Superintendent Travis Hamby and Mallory Lawrence of Hancock’s Neighborhood Market.

“It was a great group effort on behalf of the community,” James said. “Lots of different people came together to lots of different walks of life. It was a great show of community support.”

The Hospital Foundation was officially incorporated in August 2006, Coleman said.
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