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LMHS Foundation Mardi Gras
Wednesday, January 21, 2009 • Posted January 21, 2009

Laisses les bon temps rouler! That’s French for “let the good times roll”, and roll they will at the Mardi Gras Ball scheduled for February 21st at the Oestreich Rose in Llano. Sponsored by Llano Memorial Healthcare System (LMHS) Foundation, the Mardi Gras Ball is sure to be festive and fun, with much of the fanfare that makes Mardi Gras the party of the year.

According to Phyllis Alexander, President of the LMHS Foundation, “the sole purpose of the LMHS Foundation is to raise funds in support of the healthcare system. Proceeds from this year’s Mardi Gras Ball will help fund the purchase of a new ambulance for Llano County EMS.” She added, “The Foundation last assisted with the purchase of an ambulance in 2000. When we were advised of the need to add a new unit to our fleet we were excited to be involved with such a necessary and worthwhile project and one we felt the community would support.”

Cristy Knapp, Llano County EMS Director stated, “The last several upgrades have been remounts of existing boxes onto new chassis.” She reported the terrain EMS travels within the rural communities is especially hard on the vehicles and the wear and tear of the box (which is the interior triage space) allows for a life cycle of roughly 10 years. “We were on target for a complete replacement and are excited to have the Foundation’s support in keeping our fleet in the best possible condition so Llano County EMS can provide the service we all expect.”

Alexander stated, “We are soliciting sponsorships to help underwrite the event. We have early commitments at the Gold Level from the Hoerster Physician Group, Miiller’s Llano Smokehouse, and Hill Country Asset Management Raymond James, Inc.” She added the move to a larger facility also means there will be a greater number of individual tickets available. Tickets for the gala are $50 each. For sponsorship information or to purchase tickets for the Mardi Gras Ball, contact Mary Rhodes with the LMHS Foundation at 325 247-7824.

Photo – LMHS Foundation Board Members, left to right, Diane Willmann, Phyllis Farr-Alexander, Malinda Hoerster, Jimmy Stephenson, Mary Rhodes, Nancy Watson, Morrison Smith, and Pat Donahy.

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