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Posted: Friday, November 8, 2013 4:30 am

Thursday’s Metroplex Gold Star Gala was filled with chart toppers.

It raised more money than the previous 18 years — $150,000.

People and businesses purchased more tables than ever before — 70. More people attended than ever before — 600.

Donors contributed more items than ever before. And The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards took the stage.

“It is always good to do something for a good cause,” said Edwards before singing for the crowd. “We feel honored to help.”

Being the largest gala in the event’s history definitely made it a success, said Daphne Meade, Metroplex Health System Foundation manager.

“The whole community has come out to support us, and because of them we are successful,” she said.

Those at Thursday night’s event helped so many people by contributing funds and attending, just as they have at previous fundraisers the Metroplex Foundation hosted to benefit the hospital, she said.

Funds raised at this year’s gala will benefit the Metroplex Behavioral Health Center.

“The behavioral center has been on our campus since 1991, and we want to con-

tinue to upgrade not only the programs but the physical campus, and this will help us,” said Carlyle Walton, CEO of the health care system.

The money will help increase behavioral health resources for individuals of all ages in Central Texas through additional programs, services and patient care equipment, according to information from the foundation.

The center is a 60-bed facility offering numerous treatment programs with separate patient areas for children, adolescents and adults, stated Metroplex’s website.

It offers inpatient, transitional and partial hospitalization programs, and provides a variety of options for families and individuals.

To raise funds during Thursday’s gala, the foundation held a silent and live auction. Among the top bids were $1,600 for a Maltese puppy and $1,900 for a New York trip for two.

With donations such as those, the community continues to provide the hospital its support, Walton said. And that is continuing to encourage the hospital to “give this community our best.”

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