Newton Medical Center gala tickets on sale
Proceeds to benefit Women's Diagnostic Center

COVINGTON - Tickets are now on sale for the Newton Medical Center Auxiliary's Annual Spring Gala.

The event is set for 6:30 p.m. April 26 at Willoaks, the 100-acre country estate of Esther Williams.

Patrons, community members and friends are invited to gather for an evening of dining, dancing and a live auction to benefit the hospital's Women's Diagnostic Center.

The auxiliary is in the midst of a campaign to raise $500,000 for digital mammography equipment that has already been purchased and is in use at the center.

The new technology transfers a higher quality image to a computer that can be magnified, lightened and darkened to give radiologists a more detailed analysis of the breast. Currently, only 11 percent of facilities performing mammograms nationwide have made the transition to digital imaging.

The auxiliary has already raised about $250,000, member Marilyn Morris said.

The gala is one of several events planned by the auxiliary this year to raise the remaining money, she said.

Titled "An Evening to Remember," the event will include a plantation-style buffet dinner, catered by Lee Epting of Athens, followed by a live auction and entertainment by the Moon Dance Band.

Auction items include cocktail parties, vacation homes in locations such as Florida and Puerto Rico, paintings from local artists, and packages from community businesses.

Also up for bid is a chauffeured ride to the gala in a 1963 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud once owned by Prince Charles. The car served as the prince's touring vehicle when he visited the states to play polo. Sanders will be offering a chauffeured ride to dinner as one of this year's live auction items.

Gala tickets are on sale at a cost of $90 per person. Sponsorships are also available starting at $500.

Any questions and all ticket sales are being handled through the Volunteers Services Office at 5126 Hospital Drive in Covington.

For more information, call 770-788-6553.

The Newton Medical Center Auxiliary has 220 members who volunteer and conduct fund-raising campaigns for the hospital.

Volunteers log more than 30,000 hours a year at the hospital, according to Martha Taylor, director of volunteer services.

From 1985 to 2006, the auxiliary raised $1.45 million for equipment purchases. Once the mammography equipment is paid for, that amount will increase to $2 million.

Crystal Tatum can be reached at crystal.tatum@newtoncitizen.com.