Memorial announces gala to benefit hospice patients

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[April 02, 2013]  SPRINGFIELD -- Memorial Medical Center Foundation will sponsor its second annual gala in April to raise donations for a fund that helps fulfill the wishes of hospice patients.

The Hospice Gala will be on April 27 at the Crowne Plaza, 3000 S. Dirksen Parkway in Springfield. The deadline to purchase tickets is April 19.

A silent auction and cash bar will open at 5 p.m. A welcome and dinner will begin at 5:45 p.m. The program will feature inspirational keynote speaker and storyteller Jack McCall.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Sharing Wishes Fund, which provides "an extra-special touch that hospice patients and families appreciate at a very challenging time in their lives," said Elena Kezelis, the foundation's executive director.

"In its first year, the Sharing Wishes Fund made the wishes of many hospice patients become a reality, from taking a modest family trip to seeing a favorite band at the Illinois State Fair to riding in a hot-air balloon," Kezelis said. "We look forward to continuing to make a difference in people's lives through this fund."

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Tickets are $65 and can be purchased online at or by calling the Memorial Medical Center Foundation at 217-788-4700.

[Text from file received from Memorial Medical Center]

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