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Shriners Children’s Lexington’s Care for Children Gala

LEXINGTON Shriners Children’s Lexington’s annual Care for Children Gala, presented by Commonwealth Credit Union, was held Saturday, August 27, at the Central Bank Center. This year was the event’s second most successful year in terms of dollars and the largest attendance in terms of table sponsorships sold. Over 280 registered guests enjoyed the evening and heard from Shriners patients Grayson, 18, and Arlo, 4.

Shriners Children’s Lexington director of philanthropy Wesley Scott said, “Our local corporate council is a group of nearly 50 businesses that support patient care locally. While Shriners Children’s is an international organization, the Lexington corporate council works to fund our local facility. All funds raised locally stay local and support patients from Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Tennessee, and Kentucky. With the addition of this year’s funds, our corporate council has raised nearly $1.5M towards patient care since 2014, and the gala is one important source of those much-needed funds. The Lexington facility is funded 70% from philanthropic sources, so our budget relies on the generosity of our corporate and individual donors.”

MD-Update is a member of the Shriners Children’s Lexington corporate council.

Republic Bank and Trust attendees were Dwayn and Emily Chambers, Todd and Karen Ziegler, and Lawrence Wetherby
Vince Prusick, MD, pediatric orthopedic surgeon at Shriners Children’s Medical Center, with wife, Kate, and Leslie and Henry Iwinski, MD, chief of staff, Shriners Children’s Medical Center.


Bill Meck of WLEX was master of ceremonies


Kevin Bazner, corporate council chair, Shriners Children’s Lexington Medical Center.


Jeff Koonce and wife, Diane, with Karen Harbin and daughter ,Madison.


Gala committee members included Megan Lincavage, Karen Harbin, Ravin Marrs, and Abby Vaughn.


Shriners Children Medical Center’s Shelby
Watkins, Marla Harris, physician liaison, and Wesley Scott, director of philanthropy


LFUCG councilman James Brown and wife, Charmayne, with Wanda Gonsalves, MD, UK and KY State University


Susan and Vish Talwalker, MD, pediatric orthopedic surgeon at Shriners Children’s Medical Center.


Cameron Schaeffer, MD, pediatric urologist and plastic surgeon, and wife, Jennifer, PhD, pain psychologist at the VA Medical Center.


Jill Delair and Marc Cobane, Alpha Financial Partners and member of corporate council.