Imagine GALA

The sweeping impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has caused special events from coast to coast to be cancelled. Rather than cancelling the 2020 WMed Imagine Gala, which was scheduled for May 16, 2020, the co-chairs of this year’s event, Bill and Barbara Parfet, and members of our gala plan-ning committee have decided to transition this year’s event into a Non-Gala, Gala. This means there will not physically be a gala gathering but WMed donors, corporate partners, and friends can still support the mission of WMed. Proceeds from this year’s Non-Gala, Gala will now support our pipe-line programs, as in previous years, and also the WMed COVID-19 Response Fund that WMed will direct to priority needs. 

Bill Parfet, co-chair of the Imagine Gala shared, “The COVID-19 outbreak is a powerful example of just how important it is for us to support the education of future physicians and to provide for the medical well-being of residents in Kalamazoo and Southwest Michigan. This is an opportunity to support WMed community health initiatives to help provide adequate patient care to our region through this crisis.” 

To make a gift or to get more information on the new format for this year’s Non-Gala, Gala please contact Imagine Gala Coordinator Courtney Arnold at 269.337.4370 or via e-mail at

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