Sun Health gala benefits Boswell’s emergency department

NFL Hall of Fame member Emmitt Smith was the guest speaker at Sun Health’s annual gala in Glendale. [Submitted photo]

“Sun Health Champions of Yesterday and Today” were celebrated at Sun Health Foundation’s annual gala at the Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa, 9495 W. Coyotes Blvd.

Guests enjoyed an evening of dining, dancing, entertainment by the Thaddeus Rose Band and a championship message from special guest, NFL Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith.

The signature West Valley event also celebrated some milestones. The attendance record was broken with 650 seats sold. For the first time, participation in the live, silent and wild card auctions was done electronically, making bidding quick and easy.

All net proceeds from the evening support the transformation of Banner Boswell Medical Center’s Emergency Department, 10401 W. Thunderbird Blvd., Sun City, that includes a 40,000-square-foot expansion to accommodate 60,000 patient visits annually. The new design will include upgraded equipment, help to shorten wait times, provide quicker access to tests and reduce stress.

“Not only am I proud to be part of a great team that organized such a wonderful event, but also my family truly knows the important role a modern emergency center plays in saving lives,” Ron Symic, chair of Sun Health Foundation’s Gala Committee, stated. “This new center will enhance the ability of critical care professionals to provide unprecedented medical care.”

The gala also introduced Sun Health Foundation’s Generosity for Generations, a campaign to raise and invest $48 million in philanthropic funding over 48 months for special initiatives focusing on emergency services, community health and wellness, women and infant services, spine health and orthopedic, cancer care, and future cardiac and cancer care needs.

“What an inspiring evening celebrating a legacy of superior health care that would not have been possible without the generosity of community champions that spans generations,” Todd Hornback, Generosity for Generations Campaign chair and vice chair of Sun Health Foundation’s Board of Trustees, stated. “Sun Health Foundation is honored to continue its role as the philanthropic link between the community and Banner Boswell and Banner Del E. Webb medical centers, and Banner Sun Health Research Institute.”

To learn more about plans to transform Banner Boswell’s Emergency Department, the community is invited to join Sun Health Foundation and Banner Boswell Medical Center for Our Vibrant Future: Generosity for Generations, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4 at Lakeview United Methodist Church, 10298 W. Thunderbird Blvd., in Sun City. Hospital and community wellness leaders, physicians and first responders will give presentations on a variety of topics – from what the expansion means for the community to emergency preparedness and safety.

Refreshments will be served. Admission is free.

To register, call 623-295-0022.



What: Sun Health Foundation and Banner Boswell Medical Center’s “Our Vibrant Future: Generosity for Generations” presentation

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4

Where: Lakeview United Methodist Church, 10298 W. Thunderbird Blvd., Sun City

To register: Call 623-295-0022

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