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CCMH Foundation Holds Third Annual Gala

November 21, 2022

Dr. Horine takes a brief break from practicing medicine to act as the event’s auctioneer and provide some light-hearted entertainment. (Rachel Harper/CCMH)

CARROLLTON, Mo. – The Carroll County Memorial Hospital Foundation held its Third Annual Gala October 8 with a remarkable showing in both attendance and generosity. The first Gala was held in 2018, but the event was cancelled the last two years due to COVID.

“We were so excited to bring the Gala back this year, after a two year hiatus,” said Rachel Davidson, Foundation Director. “The overwhelming attendance was a clear indicator that community members were also looking forward to a fun opportunity to dress up, enjoy a nice dinner and support a good cause. This year’s theme of Casino Royale definitely made for a fun night out.”

The event, held at the 3C Events Center & Agri Complex, was comprised of a social hour including casino games and professional photographer, followed by a four-course dinner, short program offered by Scott Thoreson, as well as two live auctions hosted by Drs. Rick Smith and Andy Horine.

“We are so proud of our Foundation Board, staff and all who attended this exciting event,” said Scott Thoreson, CCMH Chief Executive Officer. “This year, the event raised over $60,000, which will allow the Foundation to provide scholarships, medical equipment, and new opportunities for patient assistance through The Hope Fund.”

“The generosity we witnessed during the event was remarkable. It is so uplifting to see everyone come together to support a local cause,” Davidson said. “I also want to extend a very special thank you to our Premier Sponsors, Shirkey Hospice & Palliative Care and Oak Ridge Assisted Living. This event would not have been possible without their support. The tentative date for next year is Saturday, October 14, 2023.” 

In 2019, the Foundation Board established The Hope Fund. This fund enhances the overall health of patients and reduces hospital re-admissions by increasing patient access to life-sustaining medications, medical equipment, and transportation assistance. Since its inception, the fund has helped over 40 individuals, and referrals have more than tripled in the last year.

During the event, Rachel Davidson, along with hospital employees Amanda Riley and Misty Kemble-Williams, shared their goal and reasoning behind expanding the program to offer “More Hope” to patients. The expansion will help create healthy environments for patients through assistance with minor home repairs, home improvements and emergency basic necessities.  

The charitable contributions of those in attendance was overwhelming as they pulled together during the “fund-a-cause” raising approximately $20,000 for the expanded fund.

“This really means a lot to not only those patients the funds will assist, but to our employees and community who will see and hear about the support and care provided through the CCMH Foundation,” Thoreson said. “The CCMH Foundation is certainly living its mission of enhancing the health of our rural communities through partnerships, education and innovation.”

For more information about the CCMH Foundation, please contact Davidson at 660-329-6002 or To make a donation today, visit

For more information about the services at Carroll County Memorial Hospital, visit our website or call 660-542-1695.

Carroll County Memorial Hospital (CCMH), the area’s premier healthcare resource, is a 25-bed Critical Access facility serving Carrollton and the surrounding communities. It offers 24-hour emergency care, specialized services such as advanced diagnostics, post-acute skilled care (swing bed) and comprehensive family care. CCMH is dedicated to the Health and Well Being of All We Serve. For more information, visit