Gala of Hope



2017 Gala of Hope raises more than $300,000 to benefit Island Hospital and community

More than $300,000 was raised as over 300 guests enjoyed the passion and romance of Old World Spain during the 14th Annual Gala of Hope, Festival de Flamenco, held April 29th at the Wa Walton Event Center. Spanish classical guitar music filled the air, further enlivened by the flourishing moves of authentic flamenco dancing by Eric & Encarnación of Flamenco Seattle.

The event annually helps to fund essential needs, including patient and community programs, mental health services and new equipment. This year, the Heartstrings portion of the evening focused on raising funds to purchase new urological surgical equipment to ensure that exceptional urological care is locally-accessible. With the help of a special matching gift from the Barto Family, our community raised nearly $170,000 making this the most successful event in the foundation’s history.

“In a truly inspiring moment, the Barto Family decided to not only match half of the cost for the equipment but matched all of the gifts that came in.” noted Foundation Director, Jeannette Papadakis “We are fortunate to have such passionate and committed supporters like Jerry and Jan Barto.”

Countless thanks go to the more than 75 committee members and volunteers whose hard work made an event of this magnitude possible, and special thanks go to our Gala of Hope sponsors who made this event truly special, as well as the nearly 100 more contributors whose donations will be felt throughout our community.

Signature Sponsor
Tesoro Corporation

Gold Sponsor
Jerry and Jan Barto

 Silver Sponsors
Dakota Creek Industries, Inc.
Skagit Radiology

Bronze Sponsors
Mayor Laurie Gere
Skagit Northwest Orthopedics

 Cocktail Reception Sponsor

Décor Sponsor
Trident Seafoods

Wine Sponsor
Major General Bill Anders and Mrs. Valerie Anders

 Tapas Sponsor
Cap Sante Marine

Diamond Raffle Sponsor
Burton Jewelers

Guest Gift Sponsor
Island Hospital Medical Staff

Auctioneer Sponsor
Troy Kunz

Dessert Sponsor
Rick and Meredith Machin

Graphics Sponsor
BSNF Railway

Patron Table Sponsors
Elise Cutter, Denise Jones, Vince Oliver, Dr. Robert Prins, and Carolyn Pape
Fidalgo Medical Associates
Furin & Company and Strandberg Construction
Merchants Credit Association
Northwest Health Care Linen
North Puget Sound Oncology
Roe Family Facilities
Shell Puget Sound Refinery
Skagit Bank
Synergy Sports Technology

While the Gala of Hope is a once-a-year event to which all are invited, the Island Hospital Foundation is tremendously grateful to those who support IHF throughout the year. If you would like more information about the Island Hospital Foundation, IFH Director Jeannette Papadakis welcomes your call (360) 299-4201, also found at