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It was a beautiful, warm day in Southern Indiana on May 6th as the Daviess Community Hospital Foundation hosted their 8TH Annual “Kentucky Derby Fundraiser”. Organizers shared that 136 people were registered for the event with the purpose of raising money to support the Med Surg/ICU & Emergency Department renovations at DCH.

“This was our third consecutive year using the Ed Lee North Chapel in Washington as our venue,” stated Angie Steiner, DCH Foundation Director. “It is a perfect location with ample space to mingle, dine and dance. Our sincere thanks to Andy Arvin for donating this beautiful space to us for the event”. Steiner also noted that there were many activities to keep the guests occupied including bourbon tasting, wine tasting, chances for a lady’s ring, and viewing of the online auction items up for bid this year.

Women were encouraged to wear hats or fascinators similar to those worn at the Kentucky Derby race at Churchill Downs. Men were also encouraged to wear a hat or tie that reflected the theme. Prizes were awarded for best Ladies Derby hat best Men’s Derby tie and/or hat. Winners were Rochell Bechtel for best hat/fascinator and Dr. Darrell Deem for best tie/ensemble.

Event guests were seated at reserved tables where they watched the 149th running of the Kentucky Derby on live television. Foundation Director Angie Steiner welcomed guests and introduced Foundation Board President, Marilyn McCullough, who offered a prayer before the dinner.

Following the meal, Tracy Conroy, CEO, shared information about the much-needed expansion/renovation of the hospital’s Med Surg and Intensive Care Units. Mrs. Conroy emphasized the importance of community involvement and expressed her appreciation for the support of all in attendance.

Guest speaker Angie Shake shared the details of her experience with the DCH EMS team and the Emergency Department. Dr. Otto Susec of the DCH Emergency Department helped Mrs. Shake with some of the details surrounding her traumatic experience and the life-saving measures that were performed by the DCH team.

The DCH Foundation has been very supportive of numerous hospital projects over the past several years and has raised over $1 million for projects such as 3D Mammography, The Lohano Center for Advanced Medicine, Perinatal Navigator program, Health Career Scholarships, the Bedford Road Beautification project and much more. The Med Surg/ICU and Emergency Department Renovation campaign is, by far, the most ambitious project for the Foundation as they hope to raise $1 million in the next 18 months to help offset the cost to the hospital.

“The Daviess Community Hospital Foundation has made a commitment to help provide support to the hospital renovation,” stated Steiner. “I am thrilled to share that the funds raised this year through our Kentucky Derby Fundraiser total more than $28,000.00. Donations are still being accepted as we know that the need is greater than what has been raised thus far.”

The DCH Foundation wishes to recognize Home Building Savings Bank, Taft Law, Old National Bank, and German American Bank who were sponsors of the event this year.

Next year’s event will again be held on the first Saturday in May to coincide with the Kentucky Derby. For more information on the DCH Foundation efforts, please contact Angie Steiner at 812-254-8858 or


PICTURED: Committee Members (left to right): Ericka Frances, Alicia Fields – DNP, Lynn Goodwin, Julie Stephens, Shelly Shake, and Angie Steiner