For the past 10 years, supporters of Alton Memorial Hospital’s mission have worn their best camouflage clothing and raised money for a good cause.
More than 400 people gathered last June at Nilo Farms in Brighton, Ill., for the 10th annual Duck Pluckers, Deer Skinners & Fish Hookers Ball. Proceeds from the event were used to purchase an ambulance honoring Barry and Gaye Julian, longtime champions of the event.
“The Julians have been with us from the start,” said AMH President Dave Braasch. “In addition to sponsoring at the top level every year, they’ve been generous in so many ways – by serving on the committee, obtaining and donating auction items, even staying until the bitter end of the evening to help with clean-up.”
The Julians first heard about the event from Alton Memorial Health Services Foundation Board Chairman Paul Lauschke Jr.
“Paul contacted Barry when they were trying to get a committee together for the first event and we went to the meeting and became committee members,” said Gaye Julian. “Barry became very busy in his law practice and was no longer able to serve, but I continued and still remain a committee member.”
The committee is comprised of community volunteers and AMH Development office staff. They invite businesses and members of the community to sponsor the event, donate auction items and attend.
“We think it’s been successful because it’s a fun, relaxed, outdoor event for a great cause,” Gaye Julian said. “With Marlene Lewis, Jeanne Truckey and a great committee, we have been able to acquire great sponsorships.”
Over the years, the event has raised money to purchase 10 ambulances.
“These ambulances allow us to provide the highest pre-hospital care for this community,” said Jason Bowman, EMS manager.
“The ambulances help many people,” Gaye Julian said. “As long as we are able, we will always support AMH and Duck Pluckers. Great cause! Great event!”
Pictured above: Barry and Gaye Julian with the AMH ambulance recognizing them for their service with the Duck Pluckers Ball.