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By: Erin Smith

Red Affair Gala for Cape Fear ValleyThe Bladen County Hospital Foundation Gala will take place this Saturday, Feb. 27, at 6 p.m. at Lu Mil Vineyard in Dublin. Ashley Dowless, foundation spokeswoman, said that ticket sales for the event have been brisk and all tickets have been sold.

The event, “A Red Affair,” is a black-tie optional event, said Dowless.

“That means that guys can wear a suit and tie instead of a tuxedo,” said Dowless. She added that ladies can wear either an evening gown or a cocktail dress. She added there will be a red carpet photo booth available this year for folks who want that added bit of glamour to their evening.

The proceeds raised by the event go to the foundation’s efforts in supporting the patients of Bladen County Hospital.

Dowless said folks can enjoy the sounds of the band North Tower which plays a variety of beach music, oldies, Top 40 and funk music. There will also be an elegant sit-down dinner provided by Giorgio’s Restaurant of Elizabethtown.

For those who would like to sponsor the event, Dowless said there is still time to get your sponsorship request in. Dowless said sponsorship levels are: Red Carpet Presenting Sponsor at $1,500; Platinum sponsor at $1,000; Gold Star Sponsor at $500; Silver Star Sponsor at $250. For more information regarding how you or your business can become a sponsor, contact Dowless at 910-862-1206.

Dowless said that volunteers for the evening of the event are also needed. Folks wishing to volunteer for the event can contact Dowless at the Foundation office.

She said that the event is an exciting time for the foundation. Dowless said the Bladen County Hospital Foundation is a very important part of the success of Cape Fear Valley-Bladen County Hospital.

The Bladen County Hospital Foundation was created in 1994 as a non-profit organization to assist the hospital with such things as purchasing equipment, community benefits and providing patient and family support, said Dowless. She said that the main objective of the foundation is to provide quality health care to the community.

Dowless said with the many cuts to funding for hospitals on the federal and state levels, hospitals struggle to find financial support to meet the needs for programming and daily operations. Dowless said that is where the Bladen County Hospital Foundation can be of assistance. Donors to the foundation make it possible for the hospital to provide quality programming as well as purchase equipment, said Dowless.

She said every patient of Cape Fear Valley-Bladen County Hospital benefits from the generosity of the foundation’s donors.

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