Christ­mas In June

Pickup prize for this year’s ‘Glitz’ event

The Saline Courier - - FRONT PAGE - By Sarah Perry [email protected]­ton­courier.com

The Ben­ton Area Cham­ber of Com­merce First Thurs­day Lunch served as the kick­off for the ve­hi­cle give­away that will take place at

Glitz and Gar­land in Novem­ber.

This year’s Christ­mas shop­ping event will take place Nov. 1 and 2.

It was re­vealed dur­ing the lunch that this year’s give­away will fea­ture a 2019 GMC Sierra that was do­nated by the Everett fam­ily.

Matt Brum­ley, direc­tor of the Sa­line Health Foun­da­tion, called the Everetts “a fam­ily that leads by ex­am­ple.”

“It’s ex­cit­ing to be part of this com­mu­nity,” said Susie Everett.

“All of this is full cir­cle be­cause with­out our com­mu­nity we couldn’t have the suc­cess and blessings we’ve ex­pe­ri­enced … this is an ex­cit­ing time for some­body to win a truck.”

Raf­fle tick­ets for the give­away

will cost $100 and only 500 will be sold.

Dur­ing Thurs­day’s lunch, af­ter two com­i­cal games, four lucky at­ten­dees walked away with free raf­fle tick­ets.

For the give­away, 10 names will be drawn and those fi­nal­ists will be no­ti­fied. Then, dur­ing the Glitz and Gar­land event, each fi­nal­ist will se­lect a key and will at­tempt to start the ve­hi­cle. The fi­nal­ist whose key starts the thruck will win the ve­hi­cle.

This truck is the 11th to be giv­ing away dur­ing Glitz and Gar­land, an event to ben­e­fit the Sa­line Health Foun­da­tion.

Everett said the give­away “helps our com­mu­nity to be bet­ter.”

“We’re in­vest­ing for our fu­ture,” she added.

The Sa­line Health Sys­tem cur­rently em­ploys more than a thou­sand peo­ple, ac­cord­ing to Brum­ley.

“Tak­ing care of folks is some­thing we are very, very

blessed to be able to do,” Brum­ley said.

The Sa­line Health Sys­tem has been serv­ing the com­mu­nity for al­most 65 years.

“Sixty-five years — that’s a long time that you’ve trusted us with the care of your friends and fam­ily. My hopes are that you see that as a con­sis­tent agent for health­care in the com­mu­nity. My hopes are also that you see us for the next 65 years be­ing that con­sis­tent agent for health­care,” said Michael Ste­wart, CEO for the Sa­line Health Sys­tem.

Ste­wart com­mended the com­mu­nity, the em­ploy­ees at the hospi­tal and the Everett fam­ily.

“My com­mit­ment to you as a ser­vant leader at the hospi­tal is that to­mor­row we will be bet­ter than we were yes­ter­day,” Ste­wart said, ex­plain­ing that the hospi­tal is go­ing through a tran­si­tion pe­riod.

“We’re do­ing things to make sure that your chil­dren and your grand­chil­dren have the best pos­si­ble care. Over the next six months to a year, you’re go­ing to see a lot of changes, a lot of move­ment all in the ef­fort to de­liver top-notch care,” he added.

SARAH PERRY/THE Sa­line Courier

Nikki Ed­mond­son is hit in the face with whipped cream while play­ing a game dur­ing the Ben­ton Area Cham­ber of Com­merce First Thurs­day Lunch. Ed­mond­son would go on to win one of the tick­ets for the ve­hi­cle give­away to be held dur­ing this year’s Glitz and Gar­land event.

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