VIENNA - Hundreds of supporters of the Camden Clark Foundation were transported to Italy on Saturday during the fourth annual gala at the Parkersburg Country Club.
"This year we went with an Italian theme and it's just wonderful," said foundation director Kim Couch.
The foundation worked with the Mid-Ohio Valley Chapter of the Sons of Italy for "An Italian Christmas," which included a wine tasting room, decorations and a menu by Italian chef Mike Audia from Clarksburg.
Photo by Jolene Craig
Supporters gather around the tree in the main room of the Parkersburg Country Club Saturday for the Camden Clark Foundation’s fourth annual charity gala
"We thought this gala would be a good opportunity to get out in the community and also raise funds for our scholarship program," said Joe Brunicardi with the Sons of Italy.
The fraternal organization will use tips from the valet parking service it provided during the gala for its programs.
As for the Camden Clark Foundation, Saturday's gala was expected to raise between $20,000 and $30,000 for the Camden Clark Diabetes and Endocrine Center with a focus on gestational diabetes and childhood diabetes, said Couch.
* Hundreds of supporters of the Camden Clark Foundation attended the fourth annual charity gala Saturday evening at the Parkersburg Country Club.
* The funds raised through the dinner and silent auction will go towards the Camden Clark Diabetes and Endocrine Center with a focus on gestational diabetes and childhood diabetes, said foundation director Kim Couch.
* This year's theme was "Italy" with the Mid-Ohio Valley Chapter of the Sons of Italy having collaborated with the foundation on decorations and menu while also providing valet service.
"One in five people in West Virginia suffer from diabetes," Couch said. "If we continue at this rate, one in three children in our state will develop diabetes within his or her lifetime, which is terrible."
Camden Clark president and CEO Mike King said the diabetes and endocrine center was a great cause for this year's event.
"The whole purpose is to fight diabetes, which is rampant in our state," he said. "Through this we will be able to help others in our community."
Couch added the funds from each year's gala have always gone to something that directly benefits the community. Funds from last year's event went to the Camden Clark Diabetes Education and Wellness Fund, the previous gala's proceeds aided the cardiology department while the first gala benefited the cancer program.