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Club Moxie Spirit Gala 2018

Thank you to everyone who made the Club Moxie Spirit Gala a tremendous success in 2018!

Our 28th annual gala was held Jan. 27 at the VENUE at the King Centre in Johnson City, with all proceeds benefiting the healing garden renovation project at Johnson City Medical Center.

This black-tie gala featured dinner, live music, dancing, cocktails, silent and live auctions, a raffle drawing and the recognition of our annual Spirit Award recipient. The 2018 gala theme was the Roaring Twenties.

About the Cause – Healing Garden Renovation

The 2018 Spirit Gala benefited a crucial cause - the renovation of the healing garden at the intensive care unit of Johnson City Medical Center.

In the ICU, we care for patients and families during some of the most difficult times in their lives, and that care includes mental and spiritual healing, as well as physical care. The healing garden at the ICU has been a place of refuge and renewal for visitors and caregivers, as well as patients who are able to access the garden, for many years.

But the garden is greatly in need of a facelift, which was made possible by the generosity of those who supported the 2018 Spirit Gala. The newly renovated garden will offer a beautiful, soothing setting for people in need of comfort.

About the Spirit Award

Our 2018 Spirit Award winner was Don Raines, main founder of the Niswonger Children's Hospital Radiothon. He was honored at the gala.

Ballad Health’s annual Spirit Award is an honor given to a person who:

  • Is passionate for his or her community
  • Is recognized as a leader in the region
  • Is highly respected among peers
  • Demonstrates support for the health system’s mission while giving unselfishly of his or her time and talents

Don Raines is known for his tireless work supporting Niswonger Children’s Hospital and other community needs. He helped found and remains actively involved in the annual radiothon, which has raised more than $1.4 million over its six-year history.

The radiothon benefits the region’s only children’s hospital and the children and families served by the hospital. The event has funded several critical needs, including Niswonger’s new Special Care Unit, dedicated to caring for babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome and other special needs.

Created in 2013, the radiothon involves individuals and businesses throughout the community who raise and donate money, as well as volunteer to work phone lines. The event has spread to local schools, where students perform fundraising efforts, and Raines has recruited numerous local restaurants to contribute part of their earnings on designated "Dine Out for Kids" days.

The radiothon has become not just a fundraising drive for a good cause but also a celebration of community.

Raines’ Other Volunteer Efforts

In addition to his role as the radiothon committee chairman, Raines has served in many other volunteer roles throughout the region, including as a member of Mountain States Foundation’s Washington County board of directors. He is the senior affiliate partner at Go Resources Group, a resource company for the broadcast industry, and he has spent 33 years in broadcasting sales.

As an avid community volunteer, Raines has served as:

  • President of the Johnson City Lions Club
  • Director of both the Kingsport and Johnson City chambers of commerce
  • Member of the East Tennessee State University Foundation
  • Member of the board of directors for the Boys & Girls Club of Johnson City/Washington County
  • Member of the ETSU Alumni board of directors
  • Member of the allocation committee for the United Way of Washington County
  • Member of the board of directors for the Lions Volunteer Blind Industries

...and many other roles.

Raines and his wife, Petra, have also generously helped sponsor many Mountain States Foundation events, donating money to the same causes they volunteer for.

Raines' generosity and hard work over the years have truly made a difference in the lives of many, many people in our region. Thank you, Don!