SJH Foundation Brings Vintage Circus To Gala

The HSHS St. Joseph’s Foundation will host their annual fundraising Gala supporting HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Highland on Saturday, April 7, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Highland. This year’s event is bringing the circus to town with a juggler, unicyclist, fortune teller, carnival games and more.

Guests will enjoy a fun-filled evening with delicious entrees, cocktails and carnival games, where guests can win prize tickets. A circus themed gourmet menu featuring appetizers, a combination entrée and dessert buffet will be provided by Silver Spoon Catering. Prizes will be awarded for the best top hat and/or bow tie and suspender combination worn by guests. The prestigious “Volunteer of the Year” award will also be presented.

“Our gala has been the cornerstone of the Foundation’s annual fundraising program for 13 years now,” said Amy Liefer, Foundation Director. “This event raises money that makes it possible for us to purchase much needed equipment and cover program costs that allow St. Joseph’s Hospital to provide the best possible health care for our community.”

This year’s Gala is being sponsored by several community businesses. Our Silver Sponsors include Air Methods, Cedarhurst of Highland, Highland Machine, Highland TruBuy,
Korte & Luitjohan Contractors, Oberbeck Grain Company, Plocher Construction, The Korte Company.

Our Bronze Sponsors are blockplanedesign, Donovan, Rose, Nester P.C., Edward Jones – Matt Armentrout, Electromek Diagnostic Systems, FCB Banks, First Mid-IL Bank & Trust, Gelly Excavating, HeplerBroom, Highland Red-E-Mix, Highland Rural King,
Hill Vision Services, Hometel, Innovative Business Advisors, Jan’s Hallmark Gold Crown, Kunkel Commercial Group, Meridith Funeral Home, Plaza Dental Care, Rogier Insurance Agency, Inc., Sandbergh, Phoenix & Von Gontard, Scheffel Boyle, Scott Credit Union,
SEMC Pathology Services, Spengel Boulanger Funeral Home, Steve Schmitt Auto Group,
Terra Properties, The Tin Shed, TheBANK of Edwardsville, Trouw Nutrition, and Widmer Floral & Greenhouses.

With the generosity of our sponsors and event attendees, our annual spring gala has raised nearly $800,000 for HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Highland since its inception in 2006. Examples of notable items that have been funded by the St. Joseph’s Foundation over the years include:

A 3D Mammography Machine

Helicopter Pad Preparations

Cardiac Rehab Monitors

Laptops and IPads for improved patient care in surgery

Lab and Anesthesia Equipment

A Gym Power Tower for Rehabilitation Patients

Continued Operation/Maintenance of the Friend’s Van (complimentary shuttle service for patient appointments)

Supporting the efforts of the Foundation is a way resident’s and community leaders can support the continued health of our community and promote its economic strength for years to come. As a member hospital of the Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS), the mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through the high quality Franciscan health care ministry.

Area residents and community advocates can “Meet Us Under The Big Top” and purchase tickets to support the fundraising efforts of the HSHS St. Joseph’s Foundation at its 13th Annual Gala on Saturday, April 7. Tickets are $150 each and can be purchased online at or by calling Lisa Smith, Foundation Manager, at 618-651-2590 or

For more information about HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Highland, visit HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Highland is part of the Southern Illinois Division of Hospital Sisters Health System, which also includes HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in O’Fallon, HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham, HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese, and HSHS Holy Family Hospital in Greenville.

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