Gary Graham, the former mayor of O’Fallon, has been named the recipient of the 2017 Elizabethan Award from the HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Foundation. The award recognizes Graham for his commitment to HSHS St. Elizabeth Hospital and the future of health care in the region.
Graham, served as mayor of O’Fallon from 1997 to 2017, will be presented the award at the Elizabethan Gala Fundraiser on Friday, Sept. 22.
In announcing the honor, the hospital described Graham “resolute in his support of St. Elizabeth’s quest to expand the availability of regional health care” and that he was “a strong advocate of St. Elizabeth’s Hospital during the long and arduous state approval process and a forward thinker for the growth of O’Fallon.”
“Gary’s support of St. Elizabeth’s project began long before there was a shovel in the ground at our site,” said Peg Sebastian, president and chief executive of St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. “He was proactive for the community he served in realizing that our new hospital would bring both economic growth and high-quality, accessible health care to the residents of O’Fallon, as well as surrounding communities. I am thankful to him for providing the groundwork of a positive relationship between the city and our organization.”
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The Elizabethan’s history spans over 30 years. Originally known as the “Elizabethan Holiday,” the traditional fall event was transformed into a gala fundraiser in 2012. Since that time, the Elizabethan Gala has become St. Elizabeth’s Foundation’s signature event, raising more than $700,000 for programs and equipment at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital.
This year, the Elizabethan will include a special red carpet cocktail reception in the new St. Elizabeth’s Hospital lobby in O’Fallon. The evening will continue at the nearby Regency Conference Center with dinner, a short program, and dancing. For more information or to make reservations, call 618-234-2120, ext. 2446.