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St. Charles Foundation’s Saints Gala raises nearly $500,000 to foster health care innovation

St. Charles President and CEO Dr. Steve Gordon and Dr. Jinnell Lewis, Three Sisters Residency Program Director, celebrate during the Saints Gala annual fundraiser for the St. Charles Foundation and to benefit the new graduate residency program in Madras.
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St. Charles President and CEO Dr. Steve Gordon and Dr. Jinnell Lewis, Three Sisters Residency Program Director, celebrate during the Saints Gala annual fundraiser for the St. Charles Foundation and to benefit the new graduate residency program in Madras.

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) -- St. Charles Foundation’s annual Saints Gala, co-sponsored by Genentech and CORA, was a resounding success, raising nearly half a million dollars to enable St. Charles to continue providing world-class health care services.

This year’s special appeal focused on the Three Sisters Rural Track Program (RTP), the first graduate-level residency program in Central Oregon which will provide training for rural family medicine doctors.

“Watching our community come together from across Central Oregon to support this new program was inspiring and heartwarming,” said Jenny O’Bryan, executive director of the Foundation.

The theme for this year’s event, held last Saturday at The Riverhouse on the Deschutes, was Puttin’ on the Ritz, with décor and music from the 1920s. The event includes a silent and live auction along with dinner. The Foundation received two significant matching gifts: an anonymous donor gave $50,000 in honor of the Sunriver Wood Chuckers volunteer program and the Bean Foundation from Madras gave $25,000.

Learn more about the RTP program and how it will impact Central Oregonians: VideoWebsite

About St. Charles Foundation
The mission of St. Charles Foundation is to support St. Charles Health System in the delivery and advancement of world-class health care in Central Oregon and in achieving its strategic goals. St. Charles Foundation works with the community to develop and steward philanthropic resources to fund programs and capital projects that improve health, prevent disease, enhance quality of life and provide the highest quality care possible for all St. Charles patients now and in the future. Learn more about the efforts of St. Charles Foundation: https://foundation.stcharleshealthcare.org/

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