Charity ball raises more than $120,000

By Cory Smith • Last Updated 12:00 pm on Monday, February 13, 2012

GRAND RAPIDS — In it’s 10th year, the annual “Many Hearts One Mission” charity ball and auction at Frederik Meijer Gardens kicked off with a goal to raise more than $100,000 in funds to support the Heart & Vascular Center at Spectrum Health United Hospital in Greenville.

By the end of Saturday night’s live and silent auctions, that goal was surpassed as more than $120,000 was raised through the charity auctions.

“We are here for a reason, to continue giving, to serve others and to save lives through our philanthropy,” Foundation board member Phil Tower said to a packed audience of several hundred in attendance at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids.

Items in the live auction included a 14-carat diamond pendent and chain which went for $2,200, a trip to a Florida family condo for $1,200 and two tickets to the University of Michigan football game against Michigan State University, including a jersey and gift certificates, which went for $900.

“We were hoping we could raise a lot of money during tonight’s auction,” 2012 Fred and Lena Meijer Spirit of Caring Award Recipient William T. Ham said. “It’s all for a good cause. Our hospital is the number one employer in the county and it’s important to support it.”

The live auction lasted about 20 minutes, as bidders competed back and forth on various prizes.

The silent auction was held throughout the night as bidders surveyed various gift packages, writing down increasing bids until the auction came to a close.

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