Gala raises $30K

Published 12:00 am Saturday, August 9, 2014

More money will now be pumped into Mizell Memorial Hospital, thanks to the success of Thursday night’s annual foundation gala.

The event, which was held at First Baptist Church’s fellowship hall, was nearly sold out.

Melinda Hall, Mizell Foundation Chairperson, estimates that more than $30,000 was raised for hospital needs.

The goal was within $1,000 of last year’s proceeds and more than $5,000 greater than the $25,000 raised in 2012.

The event serves as the biggest fundraiser of the year for the foundation.

“We did not raise this money with any specific need in mind,” Hall said.

In years past, the money raised has gone to the Wellness Center, to update radiology equipment, purchase new hospital beds and mattresses.

Comedian Rik Roberts provided entertainment.

Event goers were treated to a prime rib dinner served by the Opp High School ambassadors, cheerleaders and student council members.

As an added treat, participants enjoyed dinner music from Opp’s own master pianists, Alice and Clarice Rainer.

“We heard lots of good comments,” Hall said. “Everyone enjoyed the entertainment, and the food was exceptional. The menu remained the same.”

The gala is in its 10th year.