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New twist for GMH gala on Feb. 11

Hospital foundation planning murder-mystery fund-raiser

Someone is dead. At a speakeasy. In the 1920s.

A chance to solve a whodunit is in store for those who buy tickets to a gala benefitting Gothenburg Memorial Hospital.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 11, at 6 p.m. at the downtown Nebraska Salt & Grain building.

A group from Lexington, “Formerly Three,” will play background music during dinner and the solving of the murder-mystery and for a dance afterward, according to foundation president Don Graham.

Main Course Catering will provide the meal.

The gala, Graham said, is to raise money for equipment and let the community know what the GMH Foundation does.

“A hospital is the life of a town,” he said. “An up-to-date hospital and equipment is important to a community.”

In the past, gala funds have helped pay for a hospital addition, including a rehabilitation pool and landscaping, and bought numerous pieces of equipment such as bassinets, patient chairs, laboratory machines and more.

More recently, he said foundation funds helped buy a mammography machine.

Graham said the foundation tries to donate from $30,000 to $50,000 each year.

The foundation also hosts a golf tournament each August. Funds raised at the tournament are given as scholarships to local graduating seniors who are planning careers in the medical field.

Graham said the tournament is a four-player scramble that draws people from around the state.

“Many of the golfers who come to play are associated with the hospital, like vendors, construction crews or doctors,” he said.

Graham said the foundation, formed in 2000, ensures the community will have exceptional medical equipment and facilities today and in the future.

The foundation also has a gifting wall that lists the names of more generous donors and a “Harvest for Health” program where ag producers make tax-free donations by gifting commodities.

To donate, contact Graham at 308-640-0140.

Other foundation board members are Khris Jinks, vice president, Amanda Lathrop, John Schurr, Steven Vinton, Karl Randecker, Jackie Anderson, Ross Ristine, Jon Hudson, Dan Tinlin, Chris Healey and Seth Ryker.

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