BASS LAKE — What better way to spend a Sunday evening in September than enjoying a meal with friends while helping to raise money for an essential cause? Here’s an opportunity for just such a pleasure, as the local guild of Valley Children’s Hospital invites people to attend a fundraising dinner at Ducey’s on the Lake. Hurry, though: The last day to buy tickets for the dinner at The Pines Resort is Saturday, Sept. 16.
The special event takes place on the deck overlooking Bass Lake, with a no-host bar that opens at 5:30 p.m. and dinner served at 6:30 p.m. On the menu is a delicious full-course meal with your choice of steak, salmon or chicken entree, and all the works.
Roughly a dozen outstanding items will be up for raffle, including overflowing wine baskets and one filled to the brim with over $400 in gift certificates generously donated by local businesses. Tickets are $5 each for the raffle, and each item being raffled off is worth $200 or more, with the largest dollar-value deal being four Park Hopper tickets to Disneyland valued at $650.
While the food, friendship, raffle and view are all worth note, the real importance of the evening is the cause. La Sierra Guild is the foothill arm reaching out on behalf of Valley Children’s Healthcare. There are 15 Guilds in Central California and all funds raised by this event go 100 percent to the hospital. According to Sue Graham, the current project is a pediatric heart hospital for children who begin their lives with heart issues, with the plan that the facility will be available life-long to those who are in its care.
We are a nonprofit, state-of-the-art children’s hospital with a medical staff of more than 550 physicians. In California, we treat more inpatient cases than any pediatric hospital north of San Diego. With 358 licensed beds, Valley Children’s Healthcare is one of the largest pediatric healthcare networks in the nation.
We are the first children’s hospital west of the Rockies to receive Magnet Nursing designation, the highest nursing benchmark in the world, and we are one of fewer than 10 pediatric intensive care units in the nation to have received the Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence. We are also accredited by the Joint Commission.
We perform more than 12,000 pediatric surgeries a year and our pediatric and neonatal intensive care units have some of the lowest mortality rates in the country while treating some of the sickest kids. Our Cancer and Blood Diseases Center is a member of the nationally-recognized Children’s Oncology Group, and sees more than 120 new cases a year. Our Willson Heart Center has pioneered pediatric heart care for over 50 years. – Valley Children’s Hospital
Tickets are $30 and are available by contacting Sue at (559) 683-7845 or stop by Giftworks — email firstname.lastname@example.org.
La Sierra Guild meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m., at the Lutheran Church in Oakhurst and dues are $20 per year. Please help spread the word about this event and the important work La Sierra Guild does through its volunteers and donors.