A large group of volunteers, dressed to match the event's fiesta theme in somberos, sarapes and flamenco-inspired costumes, waited tables and served up delicious Mexican fare. A silent auction was held in conjunction with the dinner and a few larger items were awarded to the highest bidder in a live auction held at the conclusion of the meal.
"The event was fantastic," said Nancy Ridgley, certified diabetes educator and the hospital's director of community wellness who organizes Dining for Diabetes each year. "This is the largest crowd to date.
"I am always touched by the generosity of people at Dining for Diabetes," said Ridgley. "These are very good and kind people that come to this event."
A special award of recognition was presented to Wayne Ridenour, a member of the Cox Monett's Diabetes Advisory Board who helped start the Dining for Diabetes event eight years ago and has been a driving force behind its growth each year. The event has raised a total of $73,274.92 since its inception. The final fundraising total for this event's event is still being calculated.
According to Ridgley, proceeds from the successful event support Cox Monett Hospital's Outpatient Diabetes Self-Management Education program.
"We teach the patient how to manage their diabetes on a daily basis and how to prevent acute and chronic complicatios often associated with diabetes," Ridgley said.
Money raised through Dining for Diabetes helps individuals who do not have insurance pay for diabetes education classes amd also assists with the cost of insulin and supplies.
"When we started this, over 30 percent of the patients coming through Cox Monett Hospital had a diagnosis of diabetes," said Lisa Alexander, president of the CoxHealth Foundation. "Nancy Ridgley came to us at the Foundation and asked us to help find a way to help these patients conquer their disease. Tonight is part of the solution.
"Every dollar we raise here goes to a patient to help with their diabetes," said Alexander.
Corporate sponsors of the 2010 Dining for Diabetes were: Cox Monett Auxiliary, EFCO, International Dehydrated Foods, Walmart; Architectural Systems, Inc.; John and Melissa Beckwith; Monett Lions Club; Schreiber Foods; Bank of America; Bruner Pharmacy; Community National Bank; Davco Plumbing; IMEC; Dr. Daniel Lyons; Nestleroad & Roberts; Ralph and Mary Kay Scott; 3D Corporate Solutions; Tyson Foods; United Missouri Bank; US Bank; VisionHealth Eye Center; and Kevin, Toni and Tallie Williams.
Businesses and individuals who donated to the live auction and silent auction included: Marty Scabarozi; Advanced Laser Clinic; Becky Golubski; Picture This; Wickman's Gardens; Coast to Coast; First State Bank; Susan Butterworth; Alisa Lackey; Community National Bank; Cox Monett Wellness Center; Dr. Steve Stidham; Bootleggers Restaurant; Mark Hutchings; CoxHealth; Junior League of Springfield.
Pam Card; Cox Monett Foodservice; Freda Mae's Restaurant; Bob Purdom; Mike McCallum; Bruner Pharmacy; Boucher's Plant Farm; Murder Rock; YMCA; UMB; Mocha Jo's Coffee Cafe; Windmill Ridge Golf Course; Tried and True; Mattax-Neu-Prater; Shepherd's Embroidery; Service Vending Company; Aurora Aviation; Beauty Gallery; Wendy Cairus; Meeks; Mark Hodges.
Acambaro; Lai Lai Restaurant; Connie's Photography; First State Bank; Herd's; Race Brothers; Friendly Tire; Coffee Cabin; Denali Dreams; Monett Family Restaurant; Mitzi's; Air Serv Heating and Air; Cox Monett Auxiliary; Susan Mihalevich; Mary Lou Martin; Big O Tires; Dondi Bass; Monett Rental and Sales; Little Hands Daycare Center; The Monett Times; Titan Propane.
Perfect Images Hair Salon; Grant's Restaurant; RPM Cable Construction; Dairy Farmers of America; Preferred Pet Supply; Brenda Davis; Davco Plumbing; Libby LaGarce; Nestleroad and Roberts; Cindy Curts; Janell Patton; Chris O'Hara; The Back Porch/Jennifer Vanderhoof; Wayne Ridenour; Pizza Hut; Walmart Subway; Gambino's; Monett Lightening Lube; Downtown Tire Center; and David and LouEllen Honeycutt.