Christmas In June
Pickup prize for this year’s ‘Glitz’ event
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.
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.