"We are so excited by what is happening in Moore County … we are blessed beyond measure," said Moore County Hospital District (MCHD) Chief Executive Officer Jeff Turner Saturday evening in the Hacienda Garcia Event Center before a crowd of more than 200 donors to the 2019 Moore County Hospital Foundation (MCHF) Capital Campaign.
The campaign total is standing at $1,461,426.50 out of a goal of $1.75 million. According to Turner, businesses have contributed half the money raised so far (Valero gave $275,000), and individual residents of Moore County have contributed the other half. The money is being raised to buy medical equipment and to help furnish the new patient care wing of the hospital. "We are going to have a state of the art facility thanks to the generosity of the people in this room," he said.
Turner told the assembled donors that he expects the new wing to be ready for patients by the end of the year. He also announced that Moore County would soon have a new obstetrician/gynecologist: Dr. Shaun Jester, who plans to open his practice in Dumas in January. In addition, Dr. Stephanie Diehlmann will also begin practicing obstetrics and gynecology in Dumas in the near future. This will be in addition to her work as primary physician at The Well Health Center clinic in Cactus.
The hospital foundation decided that this year's Harvest event, normally their largest fundraiser of the year, would be a celebration of the campaign's success so far and an event to say thank you to the donors. Two Knives Catering, the Kokken, and Palace Coffee provided food and drink for the evening, and the Amarillo band Insufficient Funds played country and pop favorites for dancing and listening. At one point, Dumas/Moore County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Carl Watson and others joined the band on stage to declare Insufficient Funds to be "Honorary Ding Dong Daddies and Dollies from Dumas" and to participate in a sing-a-long of the Phil Baxter song.
According to MCHF Executive Director Kathie Fuston, live and silent auctions of donated items Saturday evening brought in enough money to pay for the event. Some of the highlights of the auction were a framed Carolyn Stallwitz print, two framed Manuel Franco prints, a stay at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado, and a diamond necklace donated by Graham Brothers Jewelry. The necklace sold in the live auction for $9,000.
Fuston said she was grateful to the committee that organized the Harvest this year and the co-chairwomen, Stacey Grall and Kathryn McWilliams. The theme this year was "A Buzzworthy Event." Pamela and Bubba Burt built the beehive decorations.