South Central Regional Medical Center Hosts the 11th Annual Art of Healing
An Evening of Great Food, Live Music and a Silent and Live Auction for Great Cause.
One of the most anticipated events in South Central
Mississippi, the Art of Healing features items from around the country which have
been donated for auction by artists or businesses. The proceeds go to the
South Central Health Care Foundation to fund community health education and
screening initiatives. Lives are saved as a result of early intervention
through the community health programs which are offered throughout the year.
Director of Community Relations at South Central Regional Medical Center, said,
“The Art of Healing, an annual auction and social event, serves as the main
fundraiser for the South Central Health Care Foundation. This year’s event is
shaping up to be one of the best yet.”
The 2019 Art of
Healing auction will feature woodwork; oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings;
handmade jewelry; and more. The event will feature a “Friends of the
Foundation” category, which will include items donated by businesses and
individuals, such as specialty dinners, vacations, skincare products, handbags,
photography sessions, and more. Internationally acclaimed artist, Mark Landis, will
donate several pieces for the silent and live auctions again this year.
“Our goal with the Art of Healing is to
spread the message of hope and healing through beautiful art and a fun event,”
says Collins. “This annual event is open to all members of the community. We
invite all to attend and enjoy the evening with friends. With help from
artists, community partners and guests, Art of Healing continues to grow each
South Central is
excited to welcome back one of the top cover bands in the South, Dr. Zarr’s
Amazing Funk Monster. The band will keep all guests entertained with music from
the 70’s and 80’s to current day until 11 pm. “We had over 500 in
attendance at the event last year and guests enjoyed the music and an evening
of dancing. The band was so much fun that those attending requested we bring
the band back again this year,” Collins said. “Their music is the perfect
mixture of favorites for crowds of all ages.”
“The Art of Healing
serves as the largest fundraiser of the South Central Health Care Foundation.
The proceeds from the event, as well as financial contributions made during
other foundation fundraisers, contribute to the cost of community health
projects. Over the years, thousands of local citizens have participated in
wellness initiatives coordinated and funded by the foundation,” Collins said.
“Early detection of disease is key. As a result of our efforts, health
conditions have been found early and lives have been saved.”
The event has grown
each year and event planners are expecting another large crowd this year. “The
cost of the event is extremely reasonable at $45. I encourage you to get your
tickets early by visiting the scrmc.com website,” Collins said. “We are going
to have a great time.”
“Almost everyone has been touched by an illness in some way
– through a family member, co-worker or friend,” said Collins. “The goal of
this event is not only to raise funds to support community health screenings
and community outreach initiatives, but also to educate the community about how
illness has affected many that live here.
Through the continued support of our community, we hope to have another
successful fund raiser for the South Central Health Care Foundation.”
The 2019 event is
planned for Saturday, March 23rd, and will begin at 7 p.m. The event
will feature a silent auction, a live auction, a large array of food, a cash
bar, live music by Dr. Zarr’s Amazing Funk Monster, and much more. “The
2019 Art of Healing will be a night to remember and we hope you are there to
celebrate. The dress for the evening is cocktail attire. To purchase tickets or
for more information, please visit scrmc.com or call 601-399-0503. The event
will be held at The Gables at 1915 Bush Dairy Road in Laurel,” Collins
The 2019 Art of
Healing will again feature Greater Giving Online Bidding, an electronic bidding
system. This will allow guests to use their smartphone or tablet to bid on
silent auction items. Also, guests can easily track auction items by
“following” their activity without having to continuously return to a table or
Online Bidding was introduced to Art of Healing in 2017,” said Collins.
“Electronic bidding provided guests the ability to bid on auction items from
the comfort of their seat, the dance floor or while outside talking with
friends. We encourage those interested in attending to purchase tickets early
to preview auction items before the event.”
“We are always trying
to make the Art of Healing a fun and exciting event,” said Collins. “So we have
included a wine pull at the event in years past. The wine pull featured over 40
bottles of wine donated by local medical providers valued from $20 to over
$200. Guests randomly selected a number and paid $20 to win a bottle of wine.
It was exciting and fun for all involved.” The event will feature a wine pull
again this year.
Collins concluded by
saying, “The Art of Healing would not be possible without contributions from
numerous community partners and donations made by artists and others who
contribute to the event. We sincerely appreciate their support and help.”
Community Partners for the 2019 Art of Healing:
BancorpSouth | Burson Entrekin Orr Mitchell & Lacey, PA | Chancellor, Inc. | Chas. N. Clark Associates, LTD. | City of Laurel | Community Bank | Ear Nose & Throat Surgical Clinic | Foil Wyatt Architects & Planners | Howard Industries | IMPACT of Laurel | John D. Jefcoat – State Farm | Joiner Insurance, Inc. | Jones County Chamber of Commerce | Laurel Cancer Care | Laurel Leader-Call | Magnolia State Bank | Radiology Associates, PA | Sanderson Farms | Southern Advantage, Inc. | The First | The Gables | Trustmark National Bank | VentureSouth | WDAM | WHLT | William F. Horne & Co.