Festival of Hearts returns in person By Jillian Chandler
The Fry Healthcare Foundation is excited to announce that the 2023 Festival of Hearts, a fun and festive fundraiser for Boundary Community Hospital, is returning in person!
“We are most excited to talk to our community in person about all the exciting possibilities we are working on at Boundary Community Hospital,” smiles Danielle Larsson, Fry Healthcare Foundation coordinator.
A maximum of 110 tickets (priced $75 per person) will be sold for the event, which will take place Saturday, February 11, at the Kootenai River Inn. Attendees to the Festival of Hearts will be treated to a cocktail hour and entertainment beginning at 5:30pm, followed by a wonderful dinner at 6pm prepared by the chefs of the Kootenai River Inn. The menu features a salad and sorbet appetizer, followed by a dinner of prime rib or chicken with side choices of potatoes, rice and mixed vegetables. The auction kicks off at 7:15pm, immediately followed by the dessert dash.
As of press time, they were still working on securing some great auction items for attendees to bid on, and they are looking to have five to 10 auction items at this year’s event. Individual persons or businesses that would like to donate an auction item can contact Danielle at 208.267.6912 or Danielle.L@bcch.org.
The always exciting dessert dash, featuring delicious specialty desserts, is made possible by the generous—and talented—members and businesses in the community. Those interested in supplying a dessert can reach out to Danielle as well.
Danielle encourages the community to join in this truly special event. “Festival of Hearts is an excellent way to connect with our community and talk about how we are meeting the community's needs and how they can help support the FHF in that mission,” she shares. “The pandemic highlighted the importance of rural hospitals like ours; there were several points during the pandemic when transfers were made extremely difficult due to a lack of available rooms at other facilities, which has continued past the pandemic. Boundary Community Hospital has strived to increase the level of care we can provide to ensure that our community is receiving excellent care despite transfer difficulties. Expanding our service lines and abilities comes with more vast equipment needs.”
In December, FHF hosted its Festival of Trees, with a goal to raise the remaining $19,000 needed to go toward two new Stryker defibrillators for Boundary Community Hospital’s AC/ED; the proceeds from their 2022 Golf Tournament raised the initial funds to help fund the defibrillators. As they have yet to meet their goal, the fund an item for this year's Festival of Hearts will be the defibrillators. "And if we complete that goal, we will move to fund new monitors for the AC unit," says Danielle. Last year’s Festival of Hearts and Cornhole Tournament successfully funded BCH’s new Procedural Care Clinic (BoundaryCommunityHospital.org/procedural-care-clinic).
Fry Healthcare Foundation’s annual fundraisers play an important role in helping secure funding needed to help keep our hospital thriving and our community healthy. Show your support today by purchasing your ticket to this year’s Festival of Hearts, or by donating an auction item or dessert.
“Thank you to our community for continuing to support the Fry Healthcare Foundation!” says Danielle.
For additional details, and to purchase tickets to this year's Festival of Hearts, visit BoundaryCommunityHospital.org/festival-of-hearts-2023-dessert-dash.