Tuesday, May 20, 2014 Written by Elizabeth Ruen

BASH Took Our Breath Away

Dr. Jeffrey Kowitz, pulmonologist at Prairie Lakes, addresses guests at BASH 2014. Dr. Jeffrey Kowitz, pulmonologist at Prairie Lakes, addresses guests at BASH 2014.

The Prairie Lakes Healthcare Foundation hosted BASH (Building A Superior Hospital) on Saturday, April 12 at the Watertown Event Center. This annual gala event is a friend and fund raiser for the Foundation. What a night! Three hundred sixty five guests were in attendance, an increase from last year.

Dollars raised at the event and donations gathered through solicitation equated to $94,000, with the event netting $60,000—an increase from last year. Proceeds from the annual gala will be used to enhance pulmonology services at Prairie Lakes. Full-time pulmonology services were introduced to the region the fall of 2013 with the opening of the Prairie Lakes Pulmonology Clinic in Watertown and the addition of Dr. Jeffrey Kowitz, pulmonologist, to the medical staff.

Corporate sponsorships were introduced this year to raise more funds. Brown Clinic, CPSI, Glacial Lakes Energy, Redlinger Bros. P&H and ReliaBank were $3,000 corporate sponsors. There were 18- $1,000 cash sponsors in addition to smaller cash donors. Those providing monetary donations, items for the auction/ raffle and winning bids are greatly commended for their generosity. Special thanks to the BASH committee for their time and talents. There is no success without the donors, volunteers and attendees.

The mission of the Prairie Lakes Healthcare Foundation is: Healthcare is a vital component of a community’s quality of life. Prairie Lakes Healthcare Foundation exists to raise funds with which to support and advance the health services available to the Watertown area through Prairie Lakes Healthcare System.