Riverview event welcomes athlete, polio survivor


Fifteen years after its creation, the annual Women of Vision fundraising event is seeing a few changes this year.

On April 29, Riverview Health Foundation will present the annual event at Marriott Hotel at Keystone at the Crossing. Traditionally, the event has been a luncheon, but this year, it will be a dinner. In addition, Megan Wiles, executive director of the foundation, said she hopes more men will be involved.

The keynote speaker is Minda Dentler, an athlete and polio survivor.

“Each year, we look for inspirational speakers,” Wiles said. “Minda was recommended to us and after we did some research, and we thought she had a great message of perseverance, overcoming challenges and the will and determination to accomplish her goals.

“We thought her message would resonate with both men and women.”

The Women of Vision group was created after Riverview Health opened its women’s pavilion at the Noblesville campus. In 2019, the Women of Vision fundraiser raised more than $60,000. Wiles said she hopes the foundation can raise more than $65,000.

“Funds raised from this event goes to support our Women of Vision Giving Club that provides grants to departments within Riverview Health that serve women and children,” she said. “A few of the grants awarded last year include support for the Touch of Love program to purchase materials for handmade blankets by our wonderful volunteers that are given to all newborn babies at Riverview Health.

“Another one of the grants went to the Women’s Boutique to provide funding for wigs, compression garments or other post-surgical items that may not be covered by insurance and when the patient may not be able to afford them on their own.”

The event will begin at 4:30 p.m. with a reception, followed by the program at 6 p.m. Cost is $50 per person or $1,000 for corporate tables.

Anyone interested in attending must register by April 20 at riverview.org/womenofvision2020, or by contacting Polly Craig at [email protected].