Tickets are on sale now for the Bothwell Foundation’s biennial benefit to be held at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Missouri Electric Cooperative Building on the Missouri State Fairgrounds.

The theme for the evening is “A Night in Havana” and features Cuban cuisine, signature mojitos, a salsa band from the Kansas City area and salsa dance lessons.

The event also includes a live auction led by Dick Hutchison, auctioneer and president of La Monte Community Bank. Participants can bid on a Kansas City Chiefs football package, Mizzou Tiger basketball package and a $1,500 decorating package from Dugan’s Paints & Flooring which includes large decorative pieces from Casa Bonita.

“We have a fantastic committee of foundation supporters planning this event, and they have done an outstanding job,” said Stafford Swearingen, president of the Bothwell Foundation Board of Directors. “It is a great way to enjoy a fun evening for a good cause.”

Committee co-chairs are Vicki Oberkrom and Cara Canon, and committee members include Libby Callis, Cynthia Decker and Shelly Kempton.

Proceeds from the gala will help Bothwell Regional Health Center (BRHC) become the area’s first hospital to implement a centralized cardiac monitoring system. The system connects all inpatient cardiac monitors to a centralized wireless computer system that is monitored by trained professionals 24 hours a day, regardless of where the patient is located in the hospital.

The proceeds will also help the hospital purchase an additional 10 in-patient cardiac monitors, bringing the number of inpatient and outpatient cardiac monitors to 63. The total project cost is $640,000.

Randy Kirby