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June Odom and Dr. Robert Walker, recipients of the John A. Caddell Award for their work with Decatur General Hospital Foundation.
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June Odom and Dr. Robert Walker, recipients of the John A. Caddell Award for their work with Decatur General Hospital Foundation.

Gala XXII
Bitter cold doesn’t cool Decatur General Foundation’s party

By Cathy D. Wahl
Special to The Daily · 353-4612

More than 700 party-goers ignored Friday night temperatures in the 20s to dine and dance in a tent.

Melanie and Larry Little were among 700-plus guests at Gala XXII at Decatur Country Club. Chef Ron Casey’s dinner menu included filet of beef, oven-roasted root vegetables, HeirloomTomato Salad and a trio of desserts.
Melanie and Larry Little were among 700-plus guests at Gala XXII at Decatur Country Club. Chef Ron Casey’s dinner menu included filet of beef, oven-roasted root vegetables, HeirloomTomato Salad and a trio of desserts.
Jack Frost didn’t put a damper on Gala XXII, a black-tie event benefiting Decatur General Hospital Foundation.

As the temperatures dropped outside, propane-powered heaters blasted hot air into the block-long canvas tent at Decatur Country Club. It kept bare-shouldered women warm enough to enjoy dining on filet of beef and dancing before, during and after dinner.

In addition to the $300-per-couple charge to
attend, DGH Foundation raised money through an auction of art, jewelry, vacations and many one-of-a-kind items.

“This is absolutely the biggest and best auction we’ve ever had,” said foundation president Trudy McKnight Grisham. “Our local artists have been so generous. We started the party at 7 p.m. and at 7:05, we had sold four things at the take-it-home price.”

During the party, June Odom and Dr. Robert Walker were presented the John A. Caddell Award for their service to the foundation.

Odom began working with Decatur General as a registered nurse. She later returned to work with the foundation on a variety of fundraisers.

Gala co-chairwomen Jennifer McCain and Ann Copeland, flanked by their husbands, Dr. Lee McCain, left, and Dr. Kin Copeland.
Gala co-chairwomen Jennifer McCain and Ann Copeland, flanked by their husbands, Dr. Lee McCain, left, and Dr. Kin Copeland.
“There are so many parties and galas where her talents are appreciated,” said Dr. Bill Whitley in his introduction. “June has the ability to recruit, inspire and lead others in community efforts. She sees a need and creates a project to fulfill it.”

Odom paid tribute to the vision of the foundation’s founders and the hard work of its volunteers.

“Their wisdom and direction has made Decatur General Hospital an extraordinary medical facility,” she said.

Dr. Steve Chandler noted Walker’s “honesty, integrity and servanthood in caring for others.”

He listed Walker’s leadership as a surgeon at Decatur General, and his service in church-related activities as qualifications for the award.

“This honor means so much because it has the name of John Caddell,” Walker stated. “Mr. Caddell and I met in the 1980s when he went to University Hospital where I was a resident and had a pacemaker installed — the one that served him well until his death.”

Revelers dance to disco, Motown and dance favorites provided by The Respectables of Nashville.
Revelers dance to disco, Motown and dance favorites provided by The Respectables of Nashville.
Walker said the foundation has raised about $11 million, funding such projects as the original oncology center, a pediatric wing, women’s center, cardiac services, Community Free Clinic of Decatur/Morgan County and employee scholarships. Gala XXII’s profits will help continue the scholarships and fund a newly designed oncology center.

Ann Copeland and Jennifer McCain chaired Gala XXII, which required the efforts of about 300 volunteers.

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