PCMH annual dinner-auction aimed at purchasing brand new ambulance
Guest speaker Dr. Debra Peppers, left, shares a laugh with PCMH Administrator Lorraine Harness at the hospital foundation’s annual dinner.
More than 200 patrons and donors jammed the new Avalon Hall in Clarksville on Saturday, Nov. 16 at the annual Foundation for Pike County Memorial Hospital (PCMH) dinner and auction.
The evening was serious and entertaining as attendees bid on donated items with the proceeds going to the hospital while eating, listening to music and being entertained. Clarksville native Dr. Debra Peppers, now a radio talk show host, was the featured speaker.
The auction brought in more than $30,000 for the foundation’s current campaign to buy a new ambulance for the hospital.
“We cover one of the largest counties in Missouri,” with more than 2,000 ambulance runs every year, foundation president Linda Black told the crowd. Unlike urban ambulances that make short runs, PCMH ambulances need the most current technology and equipment on them because they take longer to get to the hospital, Black said.
“We have to deliver care as soon as we arrive on your doorstep,” Black said.
County tax receipts don’t come close to the $150,000 needed for a new ambulance, Black said.
“This is a huge, huge project for our foundation to undertake,” Black said.
The foundation was created in 2003 when a group of Pike County area citizens gathered to discuss ways to enhance the hospital and keep it technologically current while keeping it financially viable.
Acting foundation president Dr. Howard Greene said PCMH Administrator Lorraine Harness “put us on solid financial ground,” after it lost money for years. The foundation has helped take care of keeping PCMH up-to-date by gathering donations for a new emergency room and improving the medical-surgical area, Greene added.
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Dr. Peppers brought comedy relief to the evening with an extemporaneous speech.
Peppers said she was “The girl who lived in the purple house,” as a member of the Duvall family, that used own and run Duvall’s Restaurant and Motel in her hometown.
Peppers told humorous anecdotes about her first date with her husband at the University of Alabama and about growing up in Clarksville.
“I had so much fun growing up here and I keep coming back to return to the roots and give back,” Peppers said.
Besides Dr. Peppers, those attending the dinner also participated in a silent auction prior to the dinner and a live auction by Bill Unsell to end the evening.