St. Patrick’s Day was celebrated in Westlake just a wee bit early, when St. Augustine Health Campus held its annual Top O’ the Towers benefit at LaCentre on Mar. 2.
More than 450 green-clad guests attended the 15th annual benefit night. They helped to raise close to $150,000 to help support the health center’s mission of ministry to the chronically ill and aging.
“Our residents range in age from 18 to 102,” Dana Carns, St. Augustine Health Campus marketing director said. “Half of our patients are under the age of 60. Because they suffer from chronic illnesses, they end up on Medicaid. Medicaid cuts created an additional $1.5 million shortfall this year.” Carns said St. Augustine Health Campus served more than 800 individuals annually.
Carol Rini served as board event chairperson for Top O’ the Towers. Honorary co-chairs were Sam and Maria Miller.
Guests enjoyed a variety of Lenten-appropriate hors d’oeuvres while listening to the Irish and Celtic songs played by The New Barleycorn. An extensive silent auction included items like tickets to the Notre Dame vs. Purdue football game, Palace Theatre loge admission to a performance of Lord of the Dance, and a pub crawl with gift certificates to the Harp Irish Pub, Flat Iron Café, Flannery’s, Stone Mad, Jammy Buggar’s and the Olde Angle.
Sport commentator Dan Coughlin hosted the live auction, along with celebrity auctioneer Bob Hale. Among the featured live auction items were a trip to the 2012 Kentucky Derby, a Disney vacation in Florida, and a ground level loge party in the dugout suite at the Cleveland Indians vs. Texas Rangers game.