Boone Memorial Health (BMH) is excited to announce its BMH60 Benefit Gala raised over $220,000 – the largest amount for a single fundraiser in BMH history – to support the BMH Foundation for Community Health.

Over 300 supporters joined on Saturday, April 27, at the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center to commemorate BMH’s 60 years of service at the black-tie event. The gala, themed “A Night to Shine Bright,” celebrated BMH’s Diamond Anniversary while showcasing its progress in improving access to care and the impact of the BMH Foundation.

“As we reflect upon the past 60 years, it is clear that our continued success as an organization is endowed by a community that accepts us, employees who choose us, a Board of Directors that empowers us, and partners who support us,” said Virgil Underwood, BMH President and Chief Executive Officer. “Looking to the next 60 years, BMH will continue its strategic expansion and innovation to broaden our services and extend our reach to underserved populations by Bringing Medicine Home.”

Over 80 corporate and individual sponsors bolstered the gala’s success, including the generous contributions of presenting sponsor USI Insurance Services and fellow top-level sponsors, Boone Lodge No. 170, Independent Order of Odd Fellows and Thornhill Auto Group/Thornhill Toyota. To view our full list of sponsors, please click here.

Ray Harrell, BMH General Counsel and Chief External Affairs Officer, expressed gratitude for the overwhelming support from sponsors, stating, “This event highlights the profound generosity and solidarity of our community and our partners. Together, driven by the shared belief that your zip code should not determine your health, we look to lead a groundbreaking shift in the reduction of health disparities and improvement of lifestyle factors that directly contribute to the overall health of the communities we serve.”

Research demonstrates that up to 60% of health outcomes are determined by social determinants of health (SDoH), including economic stability, education access and quality, healthcare access and quality, neighborhood and built environment, and social and community context. This led BMH to launch the BMH Foundation for Community Health in 2022 – a department of the 501(c)(3) nonprofit health system that is laser-focused on improving community health by addressing the SDoH.

Since its inception, the Foundation has provided hundreds of thousands of dollars in financial support to other non-profits and governmental entities to fund projects specifically designed to improve the SDoH; hosted hundreds of residents in community health education courses, free of charge; and launched a multi-million-dollar Farmers Market and Greenhouse project, raising over $3 million in federal, state, and private funding for construction.

The gala featured an evening of dining, dancing, entertainment by DJEJ and the Biehle Family String Ensemble, Monte Carlo games, and a silent auction. All net proceeds will directly benefit the BMH Foundation for Community Health’s projects designed to transform community health outcomes through targeted initiatives.

For further information about the BMH Foundation for Community Health and upcoming events, click here.