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Annual VCHS women’s night hosts hundreds, raises funds for local nonprofits

ORD, Neb. – Valley County Health System (VCHS) hosted approximately 275  women and raised $2,433 for the VCHS Auxiliary and Ord Area Food Bank at its annual women’s health event on Oct. 8. The free evening event – Celebrate Being a Woman – was held at the Trotter Event Center in Ord and featured vendors, raffles, best dressed, dinner and a healthcare provider Q&A panel presentation.

“The annual VCHS Celebrate Being a Woman event is an opportunity for women of all ages to gather and enjoy a relaxing and informative evening, all while giving back to our local community” VCHS Public Relations and Marketing Manager Megan Davis said. “This year’s event exceeded expectations, all thanks to the volunteers, vendors and attendees.  We thank everyone for their generosity and for sharing a fun evening with us.”

The two benefitting organizations – the VCHS Auxiliary and Ord Area Food Bank – will each be presented a check for $1,216.50 at their next group meetings to help advance their causes – local healthcare and families. VCHS departments and employees donated raffle baskets, and the money was raised through raffle basket ticket purchases.

The event’s healthcare provider Q&A panel presentation included VCHS’s Jennifer Bengston, MD, Johanna Spencer , APRN-NP, and Hallie Yantzie, APRN-NP; Geriatric Psychologist Kavir Saxena, MD and Podiatrist Joshua Wray, MD, who answered questions on topics including foot care, mental health, emergency care and yearly exams.

More than thirty vendors also participated in the event, ranging from local health and wellness professionals to financial institutions to in-home businesses.

Roy’s Place/Elyria Gardens catered delicious hors d’eouvres, and the VCHS Dietary Department prepared decadent chocolate and vanilla cream cheese frosted cupcakes for dessert.

VCHS looks for ways to enhance its events year to year. Provide feedback at mdavis@valleycountyhealthsystem.org.

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Photo (L-R):  Celebrate provider Q&A Panel Dr. Bengston, Dr. Saxena, Johanna Spencer, APRN-NP, Hallie Yantzie, APRN-NP,  and Dr. Wray