As the first of the season's cool evening breezes blew through the early autumn night in Chester County, 250 guests—friends and patrons of SATC—gathered at the Mendenhall Inn for our Annual Gala to celebrate the accomplishments of the past year.
This was an opportunity to renew friendships, hear from guest speakers like Dr. Dean Richardson of the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center and Dr. Robert Krauss and Dr. Cesia Garcia, both of whom had served patients at our clinic. Their reflections and stories described what it was like to work in "high-stress" situations, knowing that because of extreme circumstances, the outcomes are not predictable. Yet, these individuals continue to persevere to help their patients. Music was provided by Found Wondering, a group of artists recently featured on Fox & Friends.
Walking among wisps of aromatic bags of coffee beans from Honduras and white-gloved servers offering up appetizers, guests had an opportunity to bid on over 100 items available, whose retail value exceeded $15,000, through participation in a silent auction. The evening wrapped up with a live auction for golf outings, vacation rentals and custom, handmade home-furnishing luxury items.
Judging by the smiling faces and the chatter of people departing arm-laden with boxes and baskets filled with newly acquired auction items, it would appear that our guests spent a fun-filled evening to support clinic patients in a medically underserved part of the developing world.