Former OSU, NFL star to be featured speaker at SRMC Foundation gala

SALEM — The Salem Regional Medical Center (SRMC) Foundation has announced former Ohio State All-American and NFL All-Pro linebacker Chris Spielman as the featured speaker for its 2019 Hearts and Stars Gala, to be held at 6 p.m. March 23 at The Vineyards at Pine Lake in Columbiana. All proceeds raised through the event will be used locally to support cancer care at SRMC.

Spielman currently serves as an analyst for FOX Sports and is the author of “That’s Why I’m Here: The Chris and Stefanie Spielman Story,” which chronicles his family’s journey through his late wife Stefanie’s 11-year battle with breast cancer.

“Since Stefanie lost her life to cancer in 2009, Chris has continued her legacy as an inspiration and advocate for countless individuals affected by this disease,” said Amy Reed, SRMC Director of Development. “We are honored to have Chris share his personal story of hope at the Gala in March, as our Foundation raises funds on behalf of area patients who are fighting the battle against cancer. Community members are invited to join us for this very special evening by purchasing tickets on sale now through March 1. Seating is limited.”

Now in its ninth year, the annual Hearts and Stars Gala is one of the SRMC Foundation’s signature fundraising events. In addition to Spielman’s keynote address, the 2019 gala will feature a cash bar and appetizers, an upscale dinner and desserts, a silent auction and jazz trio. The winning ticket for the foundation’s 2019 Buick SUV raffle, generously donated by Stadium GM Superstore in Salem, will also be drawn as a special highlight during the event. Tickets for the gala are $85 per person or $680 for a reserved table of eight.

The SRMC Foundation raises funds to support patient services and programs at SRMC, with 100 percent of all proceeds used to benefit area patients.

For more information about the Hearts and Stars Gala and the sponsorship opportunities available, contact Amy Reed at 330-337-2883 or foundation@salemregional.com.


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