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MOBILE, Ala. -- The second annual Gulf Coast Organization of Nurse Executives (GCONE) nursing scholarship fundraiser will be held this year on Saturday, May 20 and will present a murder mystery dinner theater titled “A Killer Cruise.” Two USA Medical Center staff members, Lisa Mestas, chief nursing officer, and Rosanna Johnson, clinical nurse educator, are serving as chair and co-chair of the event respectively.
The purpose of the fundraiser event, which also includes a silent auction, is to “supplement students with much-needed funds that will be used toward fortifying their education,” according to Johnson.
With 150 people in attendance at last year’s event – a murder mystery set in a plantation home - the group raised $3,000. With this money, they were able to offer scholarships to current nursing students at each nursing school in the Mobile area and are looking to increase that contribution this year. According to Johnson, they hope to have 200 people attend and to raise $5,000 for scholarships.
“The GCONE Mystery Dinner Theater Fundraiser creates a platform for appreciation and acknowledgment of nursing students who pride themselves in academic distinction,” Johnson said. “The offer of financial assistance to these students helps to pave their future as nurse leaders who will share their experiences, knowledge, and vision for nursing excellence with generations of nurses to come. “
GCONE is a local subsidiary of the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) and is comprised of nurse executives and nursing leadership from various hospitals on the Gulf Coast. The group works to advocate public policy, support nurse leader education, provoke thought leadership, as well as give back to the community through donations and nurse scholarships.
“A Killer Cruise” will be performed by the Whodunit Players at Our Savior Catholic Church at 1801 Cody Road on May 20, 2017. There will be a silent auction and beer and wine available with a small donation. The event is open to the public but is expected to sell out quickly. Tickets are $35 per person and $70 per couple. For tickets, contact Johnson at 251-445-9179 or Kimberly Tucker at 251-445-9135 or 251-304-6371.
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