2020 Festival of Hearts Recap

With Grateful Hearts

February 2020 Bonners Ferry Herald

Fry Healthcare Foundation Board members received a demonstration of the new Bipap and Ventilator
funded at the Festival of Hearts. Right to Left – Kevin Callos, Vice President; Phyllis Karnes; Janis Kerby, Secretary; Patti Duscher, BCH Cardiopulmonary Manager; Preston Becker, BCH CEO; Jenny Fessler; Ed Sample; and Blanche Studer

With grateful hearts, the Fry Healthcare Foundation Board of Directors has announced that the Festival of Hearts gala raised over $52,000 this year. Most of the money will be used to help fund the recently installed 3D Mammogram equipment at Boundary Community Hospital.  Tickets sold out early with many tickets going to the sponsored tables.

The atmosphere was elegant and the food prepared by the master chefs at Kootenai River Inn was delightful. Teresa Rae, Treasurer of Fry Healthcare Foundation and Boundary Community Hospital Trustee Dennis Dinning joined forces as emcee and auctioneer extracting high amounts for the auction items while keeping the event fun and relaxed.

The Dessert Dash returned this year and was a rousing success, raising $6,605.75.  “This fun event has tables pool their money to be the first to choose from all of the wonderful desserts donated by local businesses and bakers. The extra dollars and cents in the total are important as tables strategized on what to bid and which dessert the table wanted to win,” said Teresa Rae.  It is a fun way for everyone at the event to participate and share the desserts with many take-home boxes providing an extra amount to share.  A special thank you to the restaurants and individuals who created the beautiful and delicious dessert array.

During the event, many of the attendees raised their paddles so the Hospital can purchase a Trilogy 100 BiPap and Ventilator for emergency and respiratory therapy.  According to Patti Duscher, BCH Cardiopulmonary Manager, “We may not need to use the BiPap and ventilator very often, but when we do, it will save a life. We appreciate the generosity of the community in funding this essential, life-saving equipment.”

During the Festival of Hearts, Dennis Dinning and John Mace presented a check for $3,306 to Fry Healthcare Foundation from the “For the Ones” Corn Hole Tournament to benefit the 3D Mammogram Capital Campaign.

Boundary Community Hospital Trustee Dennis Dinning with his cousin John Mace presented a check for $3,306 which were the proceeds from the recent For the Ones Corn Hole Tournament. “John and I believe that the Corn Hole Tournament was a success and we’re glad we could have an event to bring awareness and help fund 3D mammogram exams for this community.  A special shout out to the sponsors of the Corn Hole Tournament – Mi Pueblo Restaurant, Edward Jones Investments, Riverside Auto Center, Bonners Ferry Veterinary Clinic, JB’s Tire and Automotive/Les Schwab Tires, Boundary Tractor, Boundary Abstract, Super 1 Foods and VFW Post #3622, as well as everyone who braved the snow and participated.”

The Fry Healthcare Foundation and our community have raised $1.4 Million to benefit the hospital over the past 22 years. A heartfelt thank you to everyone in the community for your continued support of the Foundation and its fundraising efforts on behalf of Boundary Community Hospital.