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October 17, 2013

Sweetest Day Fundraiser to Benefit Hospital Mammography Upgrade

A box of chocolates is just one of the treats guests will enjoy at the Sweetest Day fundraiser being hosted by Scotland County Hospital on Saturday night in Memphis.

Officials from the Scotland County Hospital in Memphis are making plans for The Sweetest Day fundraiser to be held on Saturday night, October 19th at the VFW Hall in Memphis. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $40 per person; $75 per couple or $300 per table of eight. Tables of 8 will be reserved, while all other ticket holders will have open seating. Tickets may be purchased at the Hospital's South Main Entrance Admissions Desk or the Gift Shop. Seating is limited. Proceeds from the fundraiser will be used to retire the debt on the new digital mammography equipment.

The Sweetest Day first began as a regional holiday back in 1922 in Cleveland, OH, on the third Saturday in October. The holiday was developed as a way to give something or do something nice for those less fortunate than ourselves. Originally, it was called "The Sweetest Day of the Year". With the help of movie stars, Theda Bara and Ann Pennington, thousands of boxes of candy were delivered throughout the city. It is now described as an occasion which offers all of us an opportunity to remember the sick, aged and orphaned, but also friends, relatives and associates whose helpfulness and kindness we have enjoyed. Each attendee will be given a small box of chocolates to share with someone they believe would benefit from their act of sweet kindness.

Attendees will not be disappointed in the food or entertainment for the evening. The plated dinner will be served by the students from the FCCLA class at Scotland County High School, under the direction of Mrs. Jenna Ketchum. The menu is salad, beef & turkey medallions in a savory sauce, steamed vegetables, garlic mashed potatoes, homemade dinner roll and delicious homemade desserts. Before dinner is served attendees will enjoy a professionally produced video documenting the history of Scotland County Hospital. The video features Hollis Boyer, Ted Gundy and Judge E. Richard Webber. Also, before dinner attendees can start their bidding on the silent auction items as well as listening to live music and bidding on live auction items. The suggested attire is dressy casual. Bottles of wine will be available for purchase to enjoy with your dinner.

Following dinner, an outstanding line up of local entertainers will perform. The music selections will be diverse and the sounds and harmonies will not be disappointing. You'll hear from Martina McBride, the Buffalo Bills Men's Ensemble, Patsy, Fleetwood Mac, Josh Turner, Loretta, The Andrews Sisters and Sara Evans & Vince Gill.

The live auction will feature the canvas prints of entries from the Hospital's 2011 Photo Contest. These photos are all images from Schuyler, Scotland, Clark & Knox Counties. The photos have been professionally finished into canvas prints that would be appropriate for either a home or business. Other live auction items include 2014 Cardinals tickets, a side of beef, Mizzou items, a week in a condo at Table Rock Lake and more.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to purchase brick pavers that will line the landscaping in the new courtyard area of the hospital. These bricks can be inscribed with your name, the name of a loved one or specific group or organization. These bricks will be symbols of the selfless generosity of friends of the hospital, whose support helps the hospital continue offering quality healthcare services, close to home.

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