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A Star-Filled Summer Night: The 12th Annual Cherokee Indian Hospital Foundation Gala

The 12th Annual Cherokee Indian Hospital Foundation Gala was a grand success, attracting a record-breaking attendance of over 700 guests to the Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Convention Center Ballroom for a Star-Filed Summer Night.

The event was filled with star-studded entertainment and exciting activities such as the wine pull, which offered a unique twist to the traditional wine selection by featuring a selection of wines from locally owned and operated wineries. Guests had the opportunity to capture fun memories through the photo booths provided by Sound Extreme Entertainment.

The silent auction was a hit, raising more than $10,000 at the Gala, with attendees having the chance to bid on premium items, contributing to the success of the fundraising efforts.

To immerse guests into the Cherokee Culture, an interactive experience was created when The Warriors led the crowd in the friendship dance, providing a memorable and cultural touch to the event.

A new addition to this year’s Gala was The Artisans Market, providing guests with the opportunity to shop for authentic EBCI (Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians) artists’ creations. This market showcased the artistic talents of local artisans through a partnership with Authentically Cherokee.

A special surprise came from NC Senator Kevin Corbin, who raised a toast to Medicaid Expansion during the event. Additionally, he presented the prestigious Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest civilian honor in the state, to Cherokee Indian Hospital CEO Casey Cooper, recognizing his outstanding contributions and achievements over the past 30 years.

The Gala not only brought together a diverse group of people but also celebrated Cherokee culture, supported local artists, and raised funds for the Cherokee Indian Hospital Foundation’s charitable endeavor — the Carmaleta Monteith Endowment Fund. It was undoubtedly an unforgettable summer night for all attendees.

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