Luminosity Gala shines bright

Published 12:44 am Monday, September 4, 2023


The region’s elite gathered in style on August 26, 2023, for the much-anticipated and sold-out Luminosity Gala, a dazzling event benefiting the Ephraim McDowell Health Care Foundation. With a theme of “Summer Soirée,” guests were treated to an evening of sophistication, entertainment, and philanthropy.

The Luminosity Gala, held at the prestigious Showbarn at Daynabrook, proved to be a resounding success as attendees came together to support the invaluable efforts of the Ephraim McDowell Health Care Foundation. The foundation’s mission, to provide exceptional healthcare services, received a substantial boost from the generous contributions made during the event.

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The highlight of the evening was the electrifying performance by the renowned Superfecta Band. Their live music added an enchanting atmosphere to the event, captivating the audience and keeping them on their feet throughout the night. The synergy between the theme, “Summer Soirée,” and the band’s vibrant melodies created a truly unforgettable experience.

Guests were treated to a feast for the senses, with an exquisite array of gourmet dishes and handcrafted cocktails from Bayou Bluegrass Catering. The culinary delights were expertly curated to match the ambiance of the evening and left a lasting impression on the attendees.

In attendance were prominent figures from the area’s business, healthcare, and philanthropic sectors, all united by a common goal — to make a positive impact on the local healthcare landscape. Their unwavering commitment to the Ephraim McDowell Health Care Foundation reaffirmed the community’s dedication to ensuring quality healthcare for all.

The Luminosity Gala was made even more poignant by the presence of two VIP guests, Keeley Diaz (18) and Amelia “Millie” Forker (6), both patients of Ephraim McDowell Kids Can Do Pediatric Therapy Center. Their parents took the stage to share heartfelt testimonials about how the Foundation’s support has directly impacted their lives. The Foundation’s contributions, including adaptive tricycles and various medical needs, have empowered Keeley, Amelia, and their families to overcome challenges and embrace brighter futures. Following the testimony, a gift of $5,000 was given in Keeley’s name from her church at McKinney Baptist.

The Gala also featured a live and silent auction, showcasing an array of luxury items, art, and unique experiences. Bidders vied for these coveted items, contributing to the overall fundraising efforts of the evening totaling just over $70,000. The proceeds from the Gala will go directly towards supporting the Foundation’s initiatives, including improving patient care, advancing medical initiatives, and enhancing healthcare facilities – keeping quality healthcare close to home.

The success of the Luminosity Gala is a testament to the spirit of generosity that defines the local communities. By coming together for a memorable evening of celebration and giving, attendees have demonstrated their commitment to the Ephraim McDowell Health Care Foundation’s vital mission.

Donors and sponsors including Farmers National Bank, Danville Office Equipment, Whitaker Bank, Republic Services,  Messer Construction, Trim Masters Charitable Foundation, EmPact Medical, TMPartners, Blue & Co, First Southern National Bank, The Kinman Family, Piper & Bowers, P.S.C, Community Trust Bank, Dr. Greg and Mrs. Mary Cobetto , TKT and Associates, Phillip & Kay Richardson , Guerrant Real Estate, Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP, Stoll Kennon Ogden PLLC , Atmos Energy, Ned Benson Law, Johnson Pohlmann Insurance, Central Kentucky Restoration, Lynne Warner Lynn, Edward Jones, Jerome Flynn, Dr. John & Mrs. Susan Roush, Wilderness Trail Distillery, Campbellsville University, UK HealthCare, Nicholas & Dana Spoonmore, Merchant McIntyre Associates, Drs. Justin & Katrina Kolasa, Talon Winery, Larland Beef, Taylor Made Farm, 21c Museum Hotels, Elmwood Inn Teas, The Campbell House, Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, Ale-8-One, Tim Farmer Productions, Baker Auctions & Real Estate, Kayla Weber Art, Liz Betack Design Studio, Kendra Scott, Abby Davis – Mary Kay Independent Sales Director, Norton Center for the Arts, The Flower Basket and Crow’s Nest Gift Shop, Tiffaney’s Flowers and Gifts , Allan B. Crain, Portraits & Landscapes, Jeffrey Scott Home Services, Danville Hometown Store, Gathered Living, McDowell Wellness Center, Dairy Queen (Harrodsburg), Ky Soaps and Such, Cincinnati Reds, Lancaster Florist , Royalty’s Florist, The Cheesecake Factory, and SeiBella Medical Spa.

For more information about the Ephraim McDowell Health Care Foundation and their ongoing efforts, please visit