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Nashville's Skyline Med Center Auxiliary to host dinner to benefit APSU nursing scholarship fund

On the evening of Saturday, Sept. 16, the Skyline Auxiliary of Skyline Medical Center, Nashville, is sponsoring a dinner and auction to benefit nursing scholarships for students in Austin Peay State Universitys School of Nursing.

The Skyline Medical Center is part of the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA).
On the evening of Saturday, Sept. 16, the Skyline Auxiliary of Skyline Medical Center, Nashville, is sponsoring a dinner and auction to benefit nursing scholarships for students in Austin Peay State University's School of Nursing.

The Skyline Medical Center is part of the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA).

The 2006 Dinner for Scholarships, to be held at The Club at Gaylord Springs, begins with a 6 p.m. reception and silent auction followed by a 7 p.m. dinner. Rudy Kalis, WSMV-Channel 4 sports director, will serve as master of ceremonies, with entertainment by pianist Jason Coleman.

According to Karen Karpinski, director of volunteer services for Skyline Medical Center, the Skyline Auxiliary began raising money for nursing scholarships several years ago.

“As our board looked at our community involvement and our mission, we decided the best way to serve our hospital and heath care in general was to continue establishing nursing scholarships at various colleges and universities from which we eventually will draw future employees,” Karpinski said.

Austin Peay was chosen this year because Skyline Medical Center works closely with the School of Nursing. Karpinski said, “Approximately 20 Austin Peay nursing students each year spend two semesters at Skyline, doing their clinical and leadership training prior to graduation. We also have many area high school students who choose Austin Peay as the institution where they further their education. We feel this joint venture will benefit both our institutions.”

This year's goal is to attract 300 attendees and offer more than 100 items for the silent auction. This year's raffle winner will receive a $4,000 travel certificate to his/her destination of choice, and there is no expiration date on the travel certificate.

Dr. Francisca (Chita) Farrar, director of the School of Nursing, is delighted to be working with the Skyline Auxiliary, especially since APSU is seeing a tremendous surge in the number of applicants to the University's baccalaureate degree program.

Farrar attributes this increase in applicants not only to the tremendous demand for nurses today but also to the relocation this summer of the School of Nursing into the McCord Building, which was closed in 2001 so it could be gutted, renovated and refurbished with state-of-the-art lab and classroom equipment and technology.

“Our nursing program attracts a diverse group of studentsfrom traditional students living at home to single mothers or fathers with young children, from adult learners working on a second degree to military dependents with spouses deployed overseas,” says Farrar.

According to Farrar, once students are enrolled in the rigorous nursing program, they are advised not to work and, if they do, to work as few hours as possible.

“This puts a tremendous financial burden on the student and his or her family,” Farrar says. “Scholarship funds raised at this dinner will be valuable to financially struggling students.”

Cost per person for Skyline Auxiliary's Dinner for Scholarships is $50. Ten people can be seated comfortably at each table. The Auxiliary and APSU nursing students are encouraging people to become sponsors. There are several levels of sponsorship:
*Patron: $150 for two tickets or $75 for one with name in program.
*Bronze: $750 for a reserved table for up to 10 guests and program listing.
*Silver: $1,000 for a reserved table for up to 10 guests, logo in the program and recognition from the podium during the event.
*Gold: $2,500 for a reserved prime table for up to 10 guests, logo in program, invitation to a private reception and recognition from the podium during the event.

Farrar suggests that people ask their employers to sponsor tables for the scholarship gala event.

“I want to challenge everyone to become a patron,” she said. “Contributors will get great satisfaction in offering a helping hand to our nursing students.”

The deadline for reservations is Friday, Sept. 1. For more information or to make reservations, telephone Karpinski at (615) 769-2205. -- Dennie B. Burke