Putting the Fun in Fundraising

The 2014 Alice Brush Country Bash raises more than $70,000 for CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Alice nurses.
By: Steven Alford

South Texas nurses will now have better access to education and advancement opportunities thanks to the generosity of attendees at the 2014 Alice Brush Country Bash. The Fourth Annual Brush Country Bash on May 15 raised more than $71,000 at the Jim Well County Fairgrounds, providing leadership and educational opportunities for CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Alice nurses and advanced care for Alice patients.

The generosity of the more than 300 area residents who attended the San Miguel de Allende-themed event will benefit the CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Alice Nursing Excellence Fund, which each year benefits CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Alice nurses.

It was a night of great food, dancing and fellowship, according to the organizers. “The crowd was happy to be there … in a happy place and raising money for a good cause,” said Courtney McLain, event organizer from the CHRISTUS Spohn Health System Foundation, which hosts the event each year, along with members of the Brush Country Bash Committee from Alice.

“We had so much fun just mingling and catching up with folks we hadn’t seen in a while,” added Natalie Hoelscher, event co-chair.

The annual Brush Country Bash has become a premier fundraising event in Alice, bringing fabulous auctions, seated dinner and live entertainment to Alice residents each year. In years past, the popular event has raised tens of thousands of dollars for programs at CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Alice to benefit the Alice community.

The event was held Thursday, May 15, 2014, at the Merchant’s Building at the Jim Wells County Fair Grounds with attendees wearing their favorite pairs of cowboy boots or fiesta attire while they danced the night away to area musicians J.R. Castillo and Mikey Rivera Jr.

The Coyote Cooks provided their scrumptious fish-fry, while CHRISTUS Spohn Alice Food Services added the delicious sides and desserts for guests, who also enjoyed eyeing the many items and gift packages made available during the event’s silent and live auctions. “The Coyote Cooks truly outdid themselves this year!” McLain said. “The fish was absolutely delicious, and most of us went back for seconds.”

Proceeds from this year’s Brush Country Bash will benefit CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Alice’s Nursing Excellence Fund, which helps empower our nurses to advance in professional growth and delivery of high-quality patient care. This fund will help meet patients’ needs by building and strengthening our talented nursing workforce.

About CHRISTUS Spohn Health System
CHRISTUS Spohn Health System is the region’s largest health care system consisting of six hospital campuses: CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Corpus Christi (Shoreline, Memorial and South), CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Alice, CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Beeville and CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Kleberg (Kingsville). The health system is consistently ranked a leading health system in the area, and it has received national recognition for several pioneering programs, including cardiac care, clinical excellence and oncology. For more than 100 years, CHRISTUS Spohn has been distinguished by its high-caliber staff and affiliated physicians, its comprehensive and innovative services and its long history of responding to the needs of the community it serves.

2014 Brush Country Bash Chairs:
David Guererro, David and Natalie
Hoelscher and Martin Ornelas

2014 Honorees:
Bill and Phyllis Findley of Alice, Texas
Owner: FESCO Ltd. Petroleum and Engineering Services
Bill Findley has been in the oil and gas industry for more than 63 years.

For additional information, visit www.christusspohn.org

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