Saint Joseph Foundation Celebrates 24th Annual S*T*A*R*S Gala


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Barry Stumbo
Phone: 859-313-1705

LEXINGTON, Ky.  (November 20, 2012)  --

Almost 300 loyal supporters of the Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation enjoyed an evening of dining, dancing, silent auction and entertainment provided by Off The Clock at the 24th Annual Evening with the S*T*A*R*S (Saint Joseph Associates for Renowned Service) on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at the Marriott Griffin Gate.

The Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation along with the S*T*A*R*S Committee and John Smithhisler, KentuckyOne Health Lexington Market Leader Saint Joseph Hospital President, were extremely proud to honor Nurses’ Choice Award Winners: Ketan Merchant, D.O., Saint Joseph East; Mitchael Estridge M.D., Saint Joseph Hospital and Mr. Robert Hewett, Outstanding Community Volunteer.

The Lexington Clinic was the presenting sponsor with proceeds from the black-tie optional event that benefits the Foundation’s mission and outreach programs that build healthier communities.

S*T*A*R*S President, Ms. Leslie Fannin said, “Each year, the committee strives to exceed the previous year’s goal and this year is no exception.  Philanthropic partnerships with the community allow Saint Joseph to continue its ministry and mission began by the Sisters of Charity Nazareth over 130 years ago.  We work hard to ensure that Saint Joseph patients and families receive the highest quality of care possible for mind, body and soul.  Special thanks to my committee members: Sally Blake, Helen O. Hamilton, Alice Stewart-Kain, Marilyn Todd, Linda Bratton, Shelia Devine, Jane Warner, Ann-Phillips Mayfield and Teresa Wallen”

“The S*T*A*R*S Committee really put together another successful fundraising event this year.  The S*T*A*R*S have hosted this annual gala since 1989, and have raised almost $1 million over the last 24 years.  We extend our gratitude to all of our sponsors, those who purchased tables, and our loyal volunteers.’ 

Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation is a member of Saint Joseph Health System whose primary purpose is to raise and administer funds to support the Core Values and mission of Saint Joseph Hospital, Saint Joseph East and Saint Joseph Jessamine RJ Corman Ambulatory Care Center.   One of the Foundation’s primary goals is to bridge the gap between medicine and compassion.  The Foundation is always looking for ways to assist those in need.  We are, however, funded solely by the generous contributions of those wishing to assist our efforts.  For more information, please call 859.313.1705 or visit

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