Our guy tracks the Obama-Biden party train in Wilmington and blitzes the ballroom at the Bayhealth Black and White Gala in Dover.
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Sittin’ On The Block of the Bay
The sparkling showpiece item on the auction block at the Bayhealth Black and White Gala scholarship fundraiser at the Dover Downs Hotel Ballroom was a beautiful diamond necklace donated by Ron and Ellen Sayers of Sayers Jewelers in Smyrna. Inter-connected rings studded with 76 diamonds were suspended from an 18-inch chain of 14-karat white gold, all valued at $1,700, all surrounded by gala guests who were mesmerized by the delicate creation. One of them was the winner of last year’s auction prize—also donated by Sayers Jewelers—Claire Bradley, whose husband, Jerry Bradley, wore his own piece of personal flair: a small lapel pin given to him by former president Jimmy Carter for his 4,000 hours of community service. Value: priceless.
About 200 guests celebrated Bayhealth’s partnerships with the auxiliary of Milford Memorial Hospital and the Junior Board of Kent General, according to the congenial Pam Marecki, assistant vice president of marketing for Bayhealth. Pam introduced us to auxiliary president Pat Fisher and board members Cynthia Jones and Judy Grier. Junior Board president Lisa Grossman told us how the scholarships help individuals pursuing post-secondary healthcare education.
Bayhealth CEO Dennis Klima proudly extolled the program’s low vacancy rate for nursing positions. Scholars can attend the school of their choice, then, after graduation, work at a Bayhealth hospital for two years.
Guests sat down for dinner at impeccably set round tables for eight. The salad course was quietly and expertly served by the hotel’s attractive waitstaff while The Quake sang and played hip standards liked “Route 66.” After dessert, Dr. Richard Crabb and his wife, Pat, both on the Milford board, sat out only one dance. Richard is a retired surgeon of 16 years and she a retired registered nurse. The Crabbs were glad to help launch so many young people into successful healthcare careers. “It’s nice to see the new guard coming in,” Pat said.
Back on the block, the live auction was reaching its liveliest moment, with the necklace finally going to high bidder James E. Quirk of Millington, Maryland. Countless others are the winners of expert healthcare, thanks to the $300,000 Bayhealth has awarded to young scholars over the past 15 years. Ciao for now.
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