View more photos from the 2015 Holy Cross Health Gala
To those who joined us on October 24 at the beautiful National Building Museum, thank you for participating in an event that surpassed our wildest expectations. More than 650 physicians, nurses, staff, business partners, donors and friends came together to support Holy Cross Health's inspiring mission of quality health care for all. The energy that night was high, and the spirit of caring and community was contagious.
During the gala, the 2015 Cornerstone Award was presented to Edward H. Bersoff, PhD (center) and Paul T. Kaplun, Esq (left). This award recognizes significant contributions to the work of the health system through long-standing service, leadership or financial support by an individual, group, corporation or organization. This year’s awardees have been central to the success of Holy Cross in accomplishing its mission. The award was presented by Kevin J. Sexton (right) president and CEO, Holy Cross Health.
This year's gala was in support of Holy Cross Health's historic expansion. On October 1, 2014, Holy Cross Germantown Hospital opened in a region of Montgomery County that was in great need of quality health care services. In May 2015, Holy Cross Health Center – Germantown opened, a primary care facility supporting our up-county uninsured and Medicaid community members. On November 1, 2015, the expansion was complete with the opening of the South Building at Holy Cross Hospital, a seven-story patient care building which allows all patients, regardless of ability to pay, to have the dignity, quiet and privacy of a private room throughout their hospital stay.
When we think back to the gala, we continue to be touched and inspired by the words of guest speaker Dr. Emile Wendeu-Foyet who graciously shared his story with us that evening. He left his home country, Cameroon, in 2003 as a political refugee, and found a caring health system that welcomed him and his family with open arms even though he lacked documentation and insurance. He is now a loyal donor because he wants to make sure that Holy Cross Health will continue to help "people in need, who are scared, and who have nowhere to turn." His story represents the mission of Holy Cross Health and motivates the unwavering support and determination of our most generous community.
For more information about the Holy Cross Health Foundation or the Gala, contact Bethany Fox, development specialist, at email@example.com.