More than 300 expected at Witham gala


CIC-COM-0414- Witham Gala

By Gus Pearcy

The 17th Annual Witham Health Services Foundation Gala is May 16 at the Renaissance Indianapolis North Hotel in Carmel. The black-tie affair features a dinner, a silent auction, a live auction, and a cocktail hour.

“We have a doctor who used to be here, his name is Dr. Watt,” Annette Preston, manager of the foundation. “He moved to, I believe it is North or South Carolina and he comes back here every year and does our music.”

Last year, the gala attracted 325 patrons. Starting in 1999, the gala, the foundation’s largest fundraiser has earned more than $550,000 in donations.

The foundation, founded in 1983, supports the hospital in Lebanon and the Boone County health system, Preston said. The foundation provides money for training and equipment to further the goals of the system.

Last year, some of our donations went to our extended care unit,” Preston said. “In the past, we’ve helped purchase a new MRI, our new hyperbaric oxygen chamber. We also do education loans for people in the community and our employees.”

Like many other nonprofits, the Witham Health Services Foundation has a golf outing annually, but it also raises funds with a polo match each year at the Hickory Hall Polo Club in Whitestown., as well as the gala.

Of course, there are business sponsorships available from a table sponsor for $1,200 up to a Diamond Sponsor for $10,000 or more.

For more information, contact Preston at Witham Health Services Foundation by phone at (765) 485-8112 or visit

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