Thanks to the generosity of the Beltz and Keeney families, this steer was used for fund-raising to support Hospice of Care at Texas County Memorial Hospital. Pictured are Jeanie and John Beltz and Diane Keeney Pierce and her husband, Steve, with seller Matthew Price. The Beltz and Keeney families are long supporters of Hospice of Care.

Texas County Memorial Hospital Healthcare Foundation’s first ever online auction that took place from Oct. 27-Nov. 8 was a success, raising $36,041 for TCMH Hospice of Care. The fundraising total included cash and non-cash gifts.

Due to the pandemic, it was held in place of the annual chili cook off event.

Funds raised benefit TCMH Hospice of Care, which provides end of life and grief support care for patients and their families in Texas County and the surrounding area.

“The success of this event would not have been possible without the incredible support from our sponsors and our community,” Jay Gentry, TCMH Healthcare Foundation director, said.

Support came in many ways including critical sponsorships, merchandise donations, in-kind services and through the bidders who actively participated in the auction.

Corporate underwriters were Progressive Ozark Bank, Ozark Independent Living and Associated Purchasing Services.

For the past 14 years, a beef purchased at the county fair to raise funds for Hospice of Care through the previous chili cook off events and this year’s online auction, has been donated by friends and family of the late Dr. I.C. and Margaret Keeney.

John and Jeannie Beltz of Willow Springs along with David and Carol Keeney, and Steve and Diane Pierce carried that tradition forward again this year.

Before the inception of the cook off, the Keeney and Beltz families purchased a beef that was donated to Hospice of Care to raise funds for the organization.

The foundation has a designated “Hospice Fund” where the online auction funds and other donations to Hospice of Care are held.

For questions about the auction or to make a donation to TCMH Hospice of Care, contact the TCMH Healthcare Foundation at 417-967-1377.


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