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Healthcare Foundation holds donor appreciation party at Vingo Vineyards

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Healthcare Foundation holds donor appreciation party at Vingo Vineyards

The Dallam Hartley Counties Healthcare Foundation held a donor appreciation party Thursday evening at Vingo Vineyards and Winery to recognize all of the donors who have contributed money to the Foundation over the past year. The comeand- go event featured hors d’oeuvres, entertainment by Bryce Howard and, of course, wine.

“Generally we raise money for medical equipment, for education for staff, things like that,” said Joyce Bezner.

The Healthcare Foundation was established in 2001 but sat dormant due to lack of employees until Bezner took over in 2019.

“So we’re going into our third year,” Bezner said.

Bezner said the Foundation participates in “Panhandle Gives” each fall. Panhandle Gives is an annual event hosted and coordinated by the Amarillo Area Foundation (AAF). The event begins on the Monday before Thanksgiving and ends on the global day of giving known as Giving Tuesday. This year, the vent takes placeNov. 21-29. Any nonprofit eligible to receive a grant from AAF qualifies to register for participation.

“We raise really good money through that,” Bezner said. “The good thing about it is you get matching money, the Amarillo Area Foundation raises sponsorship money.”

Each entity that participates gets a percentage of the total raised. The Healthcare Foundation got 16 percent two years ago, in addition to what it raised, and a little less than that last year.

“We hope this year to make it really big, we’ll be raising money for the new nursing home,” Bezner added.

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