Portland, OR. The 6th annual Together for Good Gala supported Nursingale’s mission of providing in-home, skilled nursing care to families with medically fragile children. Emcee, KGW’s Art Edwards interviewed family members of a Nursingale client named Annie, including her younger siblings Daphne and Isaac, and their mom Katie. The August 17th benefit was held at the downtown Hilton, with 225 people in attendance. Nursingale raised over $122,000 which will help medically fragile children and young adults receive in-home, family-centered care with an emphasis on keeping families together. Guests at the gala enjoyed a wine reception, silent and live auctions, appeal, dessert dash and dancing to Patrick Lamb and his band. (Photo credit, Andrea Lomas)

Kristy Blizzard, Patti Sadowski, Nursingale’s Executive Director, and Doug Blizzard share a moment visiting about their daughter Stephanie who was featured in the evening’s video presentation.

People line up to enjoy the selection of dessert dash treats.

Patti Sadowski, Nursingale’s executive director, congratulates nurse Mae Jordan, on winning the raffle prize of a weekend in Friday Harbor.

Nursingale is the only non-profit provider of home-based skilled nursing care for medically fragile children and young adults in Oregon. Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses are under the direct written orders of the client’s physician. Nursingale coordinates with families to be the leaders of the care team.

Here is a video with more information about why nurses may enjoy a career with the Nursingale program:

From Nursingale: 

Co-Founding Board Chair, Chris Thomas’s son Eric had been receiving nursing care at home for more than 20 years. During that time they had worked with many different home-nursing agencies, some of which had closed. In 2005, frustrated, because she wanted her son cared for not only the right way, but for the right reasons, she and her family decided to support the formation of the only non-profit organization in Oregon providing in-home nursing care to medically fragile children. Today Nursingale continues to thrive, making it possible for children to remain with their families, go to school and participate in their communities. The success of Nursingale can be attributed to our employees’ knowledge, skill, and commitment to providing outstanding client care. With the never-ending dedication and support from our nursing staff, we have created an organization committed to providing service we can all be proud of.