At this year's event, Nancy Ridgley, Cox Monett Hospital's certified diabetes educator and director of community wellness, was honored for her continuous efforts in raising diabetes awareness and education for those in the area.
"In 10 years, she has helped raise over $150,000 for the Cox Monett Diabetes Education Fund," said Lisa Alexander, president of the CoxHealth Foundation. "A majority of this has been on her own time."
All proceeds from the fundraiser benefit those residents in Barry and Lawrence counties with diabetes who do not have the money to pay for education classes to help them manage their ddiabetes or the medicine they need to control it.
Others honored for 10 years of volunteering with Dining for Diabetes included: Kevin Williams, David and Lou Honeycutt, Marty Scabarozi, Mary Stluka, Wayne and Sharon Ridenour and Mary K. Scott.
This year's event raised approximately $27,000, an increase over previous years.
"Last year and the year before we raised about $22,000," Alexander said. "We average about 430 attendees each year. It's always a sell out crowd!"
The effort raised $25,350 in sponsor donations and $8,335 from the combined silent and live auction.
Servers attired as Hollywood stars served the chicken and vegetable dinner to over 400 attendees. The meal was prepared by the hospital's Food and Nutrition Services Department.
This year's hosts, hostesses and helpers included: Debbie Blinzler, Mark and Lauren Holland, Ed Mareth, Becky Eggleston, Steve McCully, Lauren Alexander, Debra Barekman, Jeanne Swank, Donna Beckett, Meghan Shaner, Bill East, Bob Markovics, Shane and Ashley Anderson, Greg and Brenda Davis, Leonard Witt, Mike and Phyllis Garrett, Sharon Ridenour, Carole Heller, Glenda Hemphill, Judy Scheihing, Mary Stluka, Paula Launius, Chloe Ridgley.
Jeanne Ann Camp, Susan Butterworth, Brad and Heather Gripka, Pam Sligar, Dr. Andres and Naty Apostol, Cheryl Reynolds, Karon Hawkins, Lisa Wolf, Dr. David and LouEllen Honeycutt, Missy Miller, Grace Hudkfeldt, Dan Rice, Al and Mertie Jones and Janell Fredrick.
Businesses and individuals who sponsored the event included: NCO Financial Systems, Inc.; Kevin, Toni and Tallie Williams; Industrial Machine and Engineering Company; Community National Bank; Marty and Mike Scabarozi; Keith and Brenda McCracken, Century 21 Properties Unlimited; Dr. Daniel Lyons.
RM Industries; Vision Health Eye Center, Dr. Greg Huntress; First State Bank of Purdy; Little Caesars; Monett Professional Firefighters; Bruner Pharmacy; WinTech; Weiser Tent; Nestleroad and Roberts; UMB; US Bank; DavCo Plumbing; 3D Corporate Solutions; Hawthorn Bank; Meeks Lumber; Stephen Stidham, DDS.
Jack Henry and Associates; Ralph and Mary K. Scott; Monett Lions Club; John and Melissa Beckwith; FASCO; Architectural Systems, Inc.; Old Town and Sater Pharmacy; Cox Monett Auxiliary; International Dehydrated Foods; S and K Transportation Services; EFCO, a Pella Company; MEA Financial Services; Tyson Foods; Walmart; Schreiber Foods, Inc.; and Chris Fuldner.
Event donors were: Hawgwild BBQ; Cox Monett Diabetes Center; Cox Monett Gift Shop; Acacia Spa; Design Fidelity; Marty Scabarozi; Advanced Laser Clinic; Acambaro's Mexican Restaurant; Richard's Hawgwild BBQ Restaurant; Subway; Lai Lai Restaurant; Children's Orchard; William Roberts.
Las Margaritas Restaurant; Pam Detten; The Yarn; Race Brothers; Jennell Fredrick; Lisa Wolf; Cox Monett Rehab Department; Robin Helvey; Wickman's Garden; Meeks Lumber; Mark Hodges; Ivan Garcia; The Yellow Frog Company; Vision Health and Eye; Nestleroad and Roberts; Steve Stidham; Carolyn England; Pam Card; Jane Stotts; Dan Crouch.
Ami Devore; Pat Price; YMCA; Mark Hutchings; Chloe Ridgley; Cox Monett Food Service; Big Time Results; Monett Plaza 8 Theatre; Millwood Country Club; Brenda Bliss; Monett Coast to Coast; Cox Monett Wellness Department; Arleta Stewart; Outback Roadhouse Motel; Outback Steak & Oyster Bar; Yakov Dinner Theatre; Presley's Country Jubiliee; Bootlegger's; Murder Rock Golf Club; Joplin Greenhouse Gardens; Terre Costley; Vicki Hutchings; Coffee Cabin; Connie's Photography; Beauty Gallery.
First State Bank; Steve and Kim Ramirez; UMB; Windmill Ridge; Jack Henry and Associates; Bruner Pharmacy; Monett Rental and Sales; Blackbird Café; Simply Yo; Hair Illusions; Brenda Davis; HCI Fundraising; David and LouEllen Honeycutt; Mocha Jo's; Lenore Nielsen; Kay's Greenhouse; Jeff Bond; Pizza Hut; Keltoi Vineyard and Winery; Gliedt Electric; Casey's General Store; Geraldi's Restaurant.
Jerry Whitlock; Herd's Sinclair Station; Titan's Propane; MDC; Denali Dreams; The Monett Times; Shanghi Theatre; IDF; Friendly Tire; Wayne Ridenour; Dennis Scholl; Bob Purdom; Mike McCallum; Buz and Susan Tennison; Ramey's; Big Baldy's BBQ; Tyson Foods; Carl Ledbetter; James Williams; Jack Prim; Richard and Sherry Reed and Becky Eggleston.