As of June 2, the Hill Country Memorial Hospital Foundation has secured contributions from underwriters that total 67 percent of the upcoming Gala XVI's $600,000 fundraising goal to purchase a new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine.

The HCMH Foundation will use proceeds from the Gala in October in addition to gifts from their 2014 end of year appeal, major donors and foundations to reach the estimated $4.24 million cost of the new MRI and relocation of the machine inside the hospital.

"We have come so far," said Jody Donovan, chair of the underwriting committee. "To have already reached two-thirds of the Gala's fundraising goal is inspiring. We thank all of the underwriters for making this endeavor possible, and we welcome others who wish to support the Gala through underwriting."

"The people in our communities continue to give of their time, talents and resources," said HCMH Foundation Executive Director Amanda Stevens. "Their support ensures that just as we invest in the health of our facilities, we improve the health of our community."

As part of the hospital's master plan, HCM has committed to bring more efficient and more patient-friendly technology to the community as it replaces infrastructure and medical equipment in the 44-year-old facility.

HCM's current MRI machine is 10 years old and is located in a prefabricated, specially shielded building outside of the hospital. Today, both the machine and the building are nearing the end of their life span.

Underwriting commitments are requested by August 3. To become an underwriter, make a tax-deductible gift, purchase Gala tickets or for more information, visit or call (830) 997-1297.

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