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Ellinwood Hospital Foundation Christmas Gala
Gala set for Dec. 9th
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ELLINWOOD — Ellinwood Hospital Foundation will host its Christmas Gala this year on the evening of Saturday, Dec. 9. The Gala is an annual event and is the Foundation’s largest fundraiser for the Hospital & Clinic. 

With construction currently underway on the new Hospital & Clinic and an expected open date of August 2024, all proceeds from this year’s gala will go toward furniture and equipment for the new facility.

“I say it every year, but it’s so true that we have much to be thankful for this year,” said Kristy Rupe, Ellinwood Hospital Foundation executive director. “Attending the Gala is a great opportunity for our supporters and the community to gather together for some fun, festive holiday cheer and share in our gratitude.”

This year’s Gala will take place at St. Joseph Parish Center in Ellinwood. Attendees can look forward to an evening of live entertainment, silent and live auctions, a full-course catered dinner, open bar, raffles, and much more, Rupe noted. “One thing we are excited to bring back is the Mistletoe Money,” she said. “Only 50 Mistletoe Money tickets will be sold and one lucky winner will receive $500 in spending money for the Live Auction.”  

There are still a few VIP tables available as well. A VIP table costs $500 and seats eight people. Among the many perks of being a VIP, each table receives two chilled bottles of champagne and a swag bag of goodies to take home.

Guests can also expect to do a little Christmas shopping while at the Gala by bidding on a wide array of auction items. There is a little bit of something for everyone; anything from live event tickets, themed baskets, gift certificates to hand-made local items.

Tickets to this year’s Gala cost $50 per person and can be bought online at: or by calling 620-566-1054 or emailing  

The event starts at 5:30 p.m. with a Social and Silent Auction. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. and the live auction will follow with Mike Niedens as the auctioneer.

About Ellinwood Hospital

Ellinwood Hospital and Clinic is a 25-bed Critical Access Hospital and Rural Health Clinic. With a 24/7 Emergency Room with two beds, the hospital provides inpatient acute care, skilled swing bed, and intermediate swing bed care and many outpatient services: endoscopy, physical and occupational therapy, a full-service medical laboratory, and a full range of imaging services – traditional x-ray, CT, mobile mammography, mobile US/sonography, mobile MRI.

The Ellinwood Clinic offers full family care, from newborn to geriatric care, provided by practitioners that truly care about their patients. The Clinic offers endoscopy specialty services, as well.