In an unforgettable night of music, community spirit, and philanthropy, CHI St. Alexius Health Williston played host to the sold-out Hometown Healing concert featuring country legend Clay Walker and the Ben Haggard Band. This remarkable event served as a fundraiser for the CHI Williston Foundation, with all proceeds channeled directly into vital healthcare initiatives within Williston. The event showcased the power of music, local support, and the commitment to enhancing healthcare services for the community.

Submitted Photo/CHI St. Alexius
Submitted Photo/CHI St. Alexius
Clay Walker/Williston ARC

A Night of Transformation

Hospital employees, their friends and family, families from Kay Michael Lee Dance Studio, and the concert production team at Drive North worked tirelessly to transform the basketball courts at the ARC into a 5-star concert venue. With a 100-foot stage and three 20-foot video walls, the venue was unlike anything Williston had ever seen, and the excitement was palpable throughout the facility.

Community Gathering and Delectable Treats

Doors opened at 5 pm, allowing concert-goers to witness the incredible transformation of the venue and enjoy the outdoor picnic area, which featured 8 local food trucks. The atmosphere was one of unity and celebration, as the community came together to support a worthy cause.

Harmonic's Touch of Music

The concert began on a harmonious note with a beautiful hymn performed by the local music non-profit, Harmonic. Harmonic's mission to bridge gaps in music and art education and access resonated with the evening's spirit, emphasizing the importance of removing social, racial, and economic barriers.

The Ben Haggard Band: A Tribute to Legends

The Ben Haggard Band, comprising Ben and Noel Haggard, took the stage, delivering a heartfelt tribute to their legendary father, Merle Haggard, and showcasing their original material. The performance was followed by a guitar pull and a heartwarming marriage proposal, adding to the evening's memorable moments. Two handcrafted Eastman acoustic guitars autographed by Clay Walker and the Haggard brothers were also awarded to lucky winners.

Clay Walker's Energetic Set

Headlining the event, Clay Walker took the stage around 8:30 pm and performed for two electrifying hours. Walker treated the audience to not only his iconic hits but also songs from his latest albums and tracks inspired by his musical influences, including a touching tribute to Jimmy Buffett. Having an artist of Walker's caliber grace Williston was an absolute highlight of the night.

A Vision for the Future of Healthcare

Hospital President Garrick Hyde took the stage to recap recent facility upgrades and share CHI's ambitious plans for the hospital campus. These plans include a 20-patient treatment area in the Emergency Department set to open by the end of the hospital's fiscal year. Foundation Coordinator Brittny Mayo highlighted the significant investments made in facility and equipment updates, emphasizing that CHI St. Alexius Health has donated over $3 million in Charity Care to cover medical costs for those who cannot afford it.

Gratitude and Recognition

Following the artists' performances, Hyde, Mayo, and Marketing Specialist Marcia Benway presented each artist with a custom-made cowboy hat from Kickin Ass Hat Company, adding a personal touch to the event's appreciation. I saw them earlier in the day...they were amazing!

Hospital President Garrick Hyde humorously mentioned his newfound skill at laying 30,000 square feet of interlocking temporary flooring, showcasing the dedication and attention to detail that went into creating the concert venue while preserving the ARC's wood flooring.

A Community Effort

CHI St. Alexius Health Williston Foundation expressed profound gratitude to the production team, Drive North, MC Jazz Iredia, and Williston Parks and Recreation for their invaluable support in realizing this transformative event. Sponsors, local vendors, volunteers, and media partners, including those from Saskatchewan and Montana, played a crucial role in making the night a resounding success.

Looking to the Future

The Hometown Healing concert demonstrated the remarkable spirit and commitment of the Williston community to its healthcare infrastructure. CHI St. Alexius Health Williston Foundation's dedication to improving healthcare services in the area continues, with upcoming projects on the horizon.

To learn more about the CHI St. Alexius Health Williston Foundation and stay updated on their future initiatives, visit their website here. Additionally, be sure to follow their Facebook page for more photos from the event and exciting updates to come. The Hometown Healing concert was not just a musical experience; it was a testament to the strength and unity of the Williston community. Plans are already in the works for next year, so be ready for another fantastic show!

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