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Island Hospital Foundation’s 15th Annual Gala of Hope
New York New York: A Night on the Town

Gala of Hope Raises Funds for Cancer Care and Community Programs

Besequined, beguiling and at their beautiful best, they took the arm of their partners – so handsomely dressed – and were greeted by bellmen in top hat and tux. “Welcome to New York, New York!”

Held at the WA Walton Event Center Swinomish Casino & Lodge on April 28, the 15th Annual Gala of Hope was a truly spectacular production. But, perhaps, even more spectacular was the generosity of the 345 attendees, whose combined contributions totaled a stunning $470,388 – breaking all records!

Guests passed notable skyscrapers and then strolled through Central Park, adorned with live trees, plants and even life-like swans. They were offered a glass of prosecco by the costumed Empire State Building as they made their way through Times Square. Upon entering the Ballroom, patrons landed squarely in the theater district of Broadway. Costumed Broadway show characters in attendance, food carts filled with a variety of Big Apple delectable appetizers, and a Delmonico’s inspired gastronomic feast; all were reminiscent of a night in the City of Dreams.

This year, the Heartstrings portion of the auction raised $275,345. Dedicated to Island Hospital’s Merle Cancer Care Center (MCCC), Foundation Director Jeannette Papadakis stated, “This is crucial funding for one of our busiest clinics. Even with large patient volumes, the costs of cancer infusion drugs are high and a burden for this department. The clinic is also in need of new infusion chairs and IV pumps; including four IV Pumps that would be able to run pre-medications concurrently to reduce infusion times for patients saving up to 1.5 hours each treatment. For anyone who has received care for cancer, or helped a friend or family member receiving care, this effort is personal and especially rewarding.”

Funds raised from the Gala will also provide ongoing funding for programs such as the Mental Health Intervention program, assistance for patients and families in need by offsetting treatment-related expense and community-centered programs such as the Health Resource Center and free & low cost preventative health screenings and our Chaplaincy program.

Our wonderful photographer, Genny Ramey, from Gen-of-Eve Photography, has provided links to view photos from the event! Photo Booth Pictures click here and Event Pictures click here.

The Foundation thanks our sponsors for their generosity:

Empire State Building Signature Sponsor


Statue of Liberty Sponsors

Jerry & Jan Barto

Rockefeller Center Sponsors


Skagit Radiology

Broadway Sponsors

FloodSmart Insurance

Mayor Laurie Gere

Merchants Credit Association

Reid & Ann Meyers

Central Park Cocktail Reception Sponsor

Cap Sante Marine

Manhattan Skyline Decor Sponsor


Wall Street Wine Sponsors

Troy & Joyce Kunz

Waldorf Astoria Food Sponsor

Trident Seafoods Corp.

Guggenheim Museum Guest Gift Sponsor

Island Hospital Medical Staff

Times Square Patron Table Sponsors

Elise Cutter/Denise Jones/Vince Oliver/Carolyn Pape/Robert Prins MD

Fidalgo Medical Associates

Furin & Company/Strandberg Construction

Kathy Garde, MD

Heritage Bank

Rick & Meredith Machin

Peoples Bank

Shell Puget Sound Refinery

Skagit Northwest Orthopedics

Skagit Bank

Ron & Anne Smith

Diamond Raffle Sponsor

Burton Jewelers

New York Stock Exchange Auctioneer Sponsor

Evans Funeral Chapel

Subway Sponsor

PACCAR Technical Center


And to all the donors, businesses, committee members and volunteers, we give a standing ovation:



Reid & Ann Meyers


Committee Chairs

Barbee Cromack

Jamie Cromack

Betty-Anne Ely

Karen Hancock

Shannon Hayes

Dianne Kuhn

Jennifer Mann

Reid Meyers

Jeannette Papadakis

Mindy Sorensen

Libby Walgamott

Gina Walsh



Kevin Montgomery


Gift In-Kind Donors

Ace Anacortes


AHS Broadcast Club

Anacortes Brewery

Anacortes Chamber of Commerce

Anacortes Fire Department

Avalon Golf Links

Garrick Barr & Jamie Cromack

Jerod Barth – ProScapes

Jennifer Bowman

Brackenridge Park Golf Course

Everett Chu – Azusa Farm and Garden

Jim Cissell – The Voice Guy

Colleen Craig & Nels Strandberg

Chief Richard Curtis

Deception Distilling

Eaglemont Golf Club

Buzz & Betty-Anne Ely

Wayne & Erin Evans – Anacortes Outboard Service

Karen Everett

Mitch & Linda Everton

The Farmhouse Restaurant

Chad and Colleen Fisher

Desha Furin


Guemes Island Resort

Gussie & Gerties Costume Shop

Brian & Shannon Hayes

Jeff & Linda Hendricks

Island Adventures

Adam & April Jones

King Estate Winery

Tom & Dianne Kuhn

LaCantera Golf Club

Art Learmonth

Chris Long – Jolly Mon Charters

Majestic Inn & Spa

Marriott River Center

Torben & Jennifer Mann

Paul & Karen Maughan

Jeremy McNett – Underwood & Associates

Reid & Ann Meyers

Frank Michaud – The Store Grocery and Wine Shop

Greg & Sue Monaghan

Judith Petchnick

Eric Petersen – Bellingham Capital Management, Inc.

Marty & Sherle Robins

Roche Harbor Resort

The Rockfish Grill

Sebo’s Henery Hardware & Rental

Seven Gables Pensione


Skagit Golf & Country Club

Ron & Anne Smith

Mark & Marilyn Stadler

Swinomish Casino & Lodge

Swinomish Golf Links

James & Michele Tangaro

Tides of Anacortes

TPC San Antonio

Transpac Marinas, Inc

John & Libby Walgamott

Warren & Linda Walz

Wyndham Vacation Ownership



Heartstrings Donors

Kerry Allen

Paul Allen & Marsha Walters

Rae Allen

Terry and Janice Altomari

William & Valerie Anders

Bob & Karen Anderson

James & Joyce Anderson

David Arnold & Susanne Wilhelm

Mark & Karen Backman

Josh & Sarah Baldwin

Garrick Barr & Jamie Cromack

Jerod & Amber Barth

Sean & Diana Bartlett

Jerry & Jan Barto

Helen Baumgartner

Howard & Lynn Behar

Aaron & Reagan Bender

Kevin & Michelle Bessler

Cheryl Bishop

Thomas Bluhm

Chip & Shellie Bogosian

Bud & Bonnie Bowers

Brian Brashears & Karen Barlean

Anni Brogan

Jim Brown and Jim Richardson

Carl Bruner & Carmen Anderson-Bruner

Gerald & Susan Christensen

Harold & Martha Clure

Dan & Patty Codd

Charlie & Ute Collins

Les Conway

David & Gail Cortelyou

Dave & Barbara Cox

Colleen Craig & Nels Strandberg

Robert & Barbee Cromack

Cianna Curran

Matt & Elise Cutter

Lonnie & Dixie David

Greg Deane

Caitlyn Desch

Trevor DiMarco & Dustin Johnson

C.W. and Betty-Anne Ely

Marc & Pam Estvold

Corinne Farley

Claude and Marilyn Flagg

Chad & Colleen Fisher

Houston & Nadine Foist

Paula Fors

Kirsten Fors

Carl & Monica Franssen

Joe & Desha Furin

Kathleen Garde

Harry & Katelyn Gates

Phil & Leah Gere

Matt & Sara Gill

Luke & Sarah Golesh

Jeff & Kim Graf

Thomas & Karen Hancock

Fred & Mary Hall

Joel & Clara Hamel

Kevin & Heidi Harris

Thomas & Hillary Haug

Thomas & Karen Hancock

Kevin & Heidi Harris

Thomas & Hillary Haug

Brian & Shannon Hayes

Steve & Patricia Henery

Jason & Bobbilyn Hogge

Rich & Betsy Humphrey

Bob & Jane Hyde

John & Laurie Ive

Jan Iversen

Todd & Marjie Jackson

Elliott & Molly Johnson

Ken & Susan Johnson

Michael & Denise Jones

Tom & Dianne Kuhn

Bob Laws & Danah Peace-Laws

Rick & Meredith Machin

Greg Manion & Linda Brown

Torben & Jennifer Mann

Bev Martin

Matt & Lori Marusich

Paul & Karen Maughan

Robert & Sylvia Maxson

Marta McClintock

Joseph McCutcheon & Susan Donham

Ronald and Martha McGough

Travis McGrath & Christine Cleland-McGrath

Forrest & Molly McIntosh

Brian & Kydie McKee

Reid & Ann Meyers

Robert Prins & Jewell Middleton

Kevin Montgomery & Dennis Duban

Joseph Mulcahy & Anthony Young

Jim & Marlene Niehaus

Tom & Sandy Norris

Norm & Bonni Nutter

Enid Sortun Oates

Kenneth & Julie Oates

Vince Oliver

Lori Otnes

William & Carolyn Pape

James & Irene Parker

Jen Patrick

Tracy Peterson-Foy

Hugh & Stacey Pierce

Larry & Kim Post

Greg & Lisa Raab

Stephen & Rochelle Rabago

William & Wendy Rabel

Kevin Rafter & Kimberly Miller

Matthew & Chelsea Ramerman

Graham & Margaret Read

JoAnn Riant

Robert & Erin Rieger

Bill & Phyllis Robillard

Marty & Sherle Robins

Kathy Rogers

Christopher Ruckel & Noel Rodriguez

Connie & Michael Russell

Colleen Sargent

Lynn & Linda Schiveley

Chris & Amy Schnabel

Shell Oil Company Matching Gift Program

Dustin & Gabby Small

Ron & Anne Smith

Jim & Kim Smith

Howard & Melinda Sorensen

Jim & Lisa Starck

Suzanne Staum

James & Michele Tangaro

Transpac Marinas, Inc.

Lauran Ulam

Dave & Shirley Vacanti

Lisa Valine

John & Carmen Voth

Joe & Darannie Waham

John & Libby Walgamott

Gina & Nick Walsh

Leonard & Stephanie Warden

Mark & Julie Wenzel

Steve & Kathleen Williams

Jason Woehler

Richard & Karen Wright

Jerald & Carol Zavalney



Underwriting Donors

Claude & Marilyn Flagg

Troy & Joyce Kunz

Krista Oicles

Vince Oliver

Don & Alice Schmude

Mark & Marilyn Stadler

Warren Walz – Williams & Nulle, PLLC



AHS Wrestlers

Terry & Janice Altomari

Julie Anderson

Karen Barlean

Darcy Bellusci

Kali Berg

Brian Brashears

Darby & Cara Brown

Danette Carroll

Charlotte Christy

Cliff Cisco

Colleen Craig

Cianna Curran

Dash Group

Sam Davis

Cathy Elliott

Buzz Ely

Victor Garcia

Desirae Golis

Kim Graf

Christie Gunn

Tom Hancock

Brian Hayes

Tom & Hillary Haug

Barb Hylton

Sharon Jackson

Ellen Kaiser

Emma Karst

Rosanne Lauro

Greg & Karen Law

Rick Machin

Bev Martin

Shona Martin

Lisa Matthews

Julie McKee

Matt & Heather Miller

Linda Miller

Isiah Morris

Kevin Montgomery

Kelly Murphy

Frank Nebuloni

Jessica Nguyen

Bonni Nutter

Jocelyn Palmer-Perry

Bob Papadakis

Danette Riordan

Marty & Sherle Robins

Kathy Rogers

Jill Rothman

Chris Sarnacky

Eric & Meagan Schwab

Nancy Shafer

Stephanie Stewart

Kristine Stultz

Shane Taylor

Tony & Emily Todd

Tate & Karen Toedte

John Walgamott

Linda Wilhoit

Harriet Willis