"Our family truly has a Panhandle spirit, and I think this organization is going to be the greater good for all of the Panhandle, and I can't wait to see how it turns out at the big gala," said Lex Graham of Graham Brothers Jewelry of Amarillo on Wednesday. He was in Dumas to present Moore County Health Foundation (MCHF) Executive Director Kathie Fuston a diamond necklace and pearl earring suite. Graham Brothers Jewelers is donating the jewelry to be auctioned off August 17 during the Harvest event put on by MCHF to thank donors who have contributed to the foundation's 2019 Capital Campaign to raise money for furnishings and equipment for the new patient-care wing of the hospital now under construction.
"Graham Brothers donated last year too; they are very philanthropic," said Fuston in accepting the donation. Fuston says she is excited by both the upcoming Harvest event and the success so far of the Capital Campaign, spearheaded by campaign chairman Larry Appel. In addition to the jewelry, Fuston says area businesses have donated more than 50 items for the silent and live auctions to be held at the Harvest. Local artist Manuel Franco has donated two buffalo-themed prints, and the family of the late artist Carolyn Stallwitz has donated a framed print. The Designer's Garage has contributed a children's playhouse. A popular item from last year will also be back: a stay at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado. Local musical group Insufficient Funds will provide music for the evening and Palace Coffee, The Kokken, and Two Knives Catering will provide the food. All of the proceeds of the auctions will go to purchase items for the hospital.
Fuston announced that the Children's Miracle Network has given the foundation a grant of $111,000.00, bringing the total raised so far in pledges and cash to $1,380,000.00, just $370,000.00 short of the $1,750,000.00 goal the foundation hopes to achieve by the end of the year. The Children's Miracle Network grant money will be used to purchase ultrasound equipment, and the new labor and delivery unit will be named in honor of the organization. Earlier in the month, Valero gave the foundation a check for $250,000.00 for the campaign.
The Harvest takes place at 6:00 pm on Saturday, August 17 at the Hacienda Garcia Event Center in Dumas.