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Central Texas Medical Center: News

24th annual Stars of Texas Gala introduces pre-event travel auction

SAN MARCOS, TEXAS The Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) Foundation will present its 24th annual Stars of Texas Gala on Sunday, October 8 at Embassy Suites Hotel, Spa and Conference Center in San Marcos.

This year, the CTMC Foundation is introducing a pre-gala travel auction that is open to the public.

“This unique travel auction is a great addition to the Stars of Texas Gala because, even if you can ‘t show your support by joining us the night of the event, you can still contribute to the cause by bidding on a luxurious vacation,” said CTMC Foundation Board Chair Scott Yarbrough. “This auction model is also beneficial for those who may want to make advance travel plans with a larger group.”

The travel packages that are available are as follows. Visit for more information, including photos:

3 Night New York City Getaway This penthouse residence is situated on a quiet, residential street in one of New York City’s most vibrant and historic neighborhoods. Hell’s Kitchen boasts a selection of unique restaurants, galleries, lively bars and chic boutiques, while also being a short walk from the excitement of Times Square and the Theater district.


4 Night London Getaway Located in the exclusive Royal Borough of Chelsea and Kensington, this $5 million, 3-bedroom, 3.5 bath residence will provide unique charm and amazing accessibility for your London stay.


4 Night Sonoma County, CA Getaway The newly remodeled, modern rustic home overlooks an exquisite, 26-foot pool with breathtaking views of the Alexander Valley Vineyards. Minutes from the award-winning restaurants and shopping in downtown Healdsburg and steps away from world-renowned tasting rooms and vineyards, this residence is celebrated for its ideal location and accessibility.


3 Night Skyline Winner’s Choice Fantastic food, world-class shopping, museums, nightlife and an intoxicating atmosphere are just some of the characteristics that define the urban oasis locations included in Skyline Winner’s Choice. Enjoy a 3-night stay in historic New Orleans, H-O-T Miami, shopper’s paradise Chicago or a foodie dream in Montreal. Each residence accommodates 4 – perfect for a family, just the girls/guys or couples’ getaway.


4 Night Great Outdoors Winner’s Choice The crisp mountain air coupled with bright, sunny days and comfortable temps set the stage for countless activities and events that are perfect for those seeking a Great Outdoor adventure.  Miles of hiking and bike trails, mountainside yoga, golf and diverse waterways that offer ideal conditions for fishing, kayaking, SUP and tubing are just a sample of what you can experience.  Includes a 4-night stay during the summer and fall months in Aspen, Deer Valley or Beaver Creek plus a $500 credit toward an outdoor adventure or spa service.  Select from 5 private residences that accommodate from 6 to 10 guests.

4 Night Seaside Winner’s Choice 
Seaside offers the ultimate winner’s choice for the tropical beach lover.  Enjoy a 4-night stay in lively Playa del Carmen, quintessential hotspot Los Cabos, romantic oasis Costa Rica or eco-tourist’s dream Belize.  Each residence accommodates 4 – perfect for a family, just the girls/guys or couples’ getaway. The best part about Seaside Winner’s Choice - the flexibility to choose your destination after purchasing the trip – you have 18 months to decide!  

4 Night WaterSound, FL Getaway 
Situated on a sweeping curve of pristine white sand paradise, this spectacular waterfront residence is located in the charming WaterSoundCrossing community. The whole family can enjoy the 16-mile bike path that runs along 30A from Rosemary Beach to WaterColor or a hike in Deer Lake State Park.

7 Night Caribbean Yacht Experience 
This unique adventure includes a 7-night crewed yacht, all-inclusive food and drinks while at sea, amazing people and an experience of a lifetime. Select from three unique adventures including the uninhabited islands and tucked away bays of the British Virgin Islands, the French and Caribbean hospitality and sapphire waters of Guadeloupe or the underwater adventures in the crystal-clear lagoon waters of St. Maarten.

In addition to the pre-event travel auction, Hays County’s premiere black tie will feature a mobile-bidding silent auction at the event that will feature luxurious items such as:

  • Two tickets to see George Strait in concert during the Wrangler National Rodeo Finals during the second weekend in December, along with aNew York, New York hotel stay
  • Autographed Dallas Cowboy Dak Prescott jersey
  • Autographed Houston Texans JJ Watt jersey
  • AKC registered bulldog puppy
  • Port Aransas one day fishing charter and hotel stay (available summer of 2018)
  • Spurs suite for 16
  • Embassy Suites couple retreat for five couples
  • Four Spurs tickets on the floor (directly seated behind Gregg Popovich) 

Each year, the Stars of Texas Gala supports service and technology expansions that keep CTMC on the leading edge. This year, proceeds will benefit the hospital’s orthopedic surgery program. 

“At CTMC, it is not only important to us to add new specialty care options but to expand and improve our existing service lines,” said CTMC President and CEO Anthony Stahl. “We are excited for the future of orthopedic services at CTMC, and proceeds from the gala will be instrumental in helping us achieve our goals.”

In addition, this year’s gala will pay a special tribute to CTMC nurses who have devoted 25 years or more of service:  Janie Aguilar, Sharon Ash, Wendy Brown, Denise Cagle, Bobbie Finn, Anna Flores, Sherry McCoy, Patrice Meany, Janie Mott, Carolyn Parker, Crystal Pilus, Dolores Quintanilla, Vera Serrano, and Julie Veidt.  Entertainment will be provided by Herman’s Hermits featuring Peter Noone, an award-winning English rock band that has sold more than 60 million records, including seven gold albums.

Tickets to the Gala cost $200 and must be purchased by Sept. 28 at

About Central Texas Medical Center Foundation

The Central Texas Medical Center Foundation was established in 1982. The Foundation is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt 501 (c) 3 organization whose purpose is to help raise philanthropic funds for improving programs and services at Central Texas Medical Center.

Central Texas Medical Center Foundation has worked hard to ensure that our hospital has the resources necessary to deliver high quality health care. To date, the Foundation has raised $11 million for advanced medical equipment, building projects, renovations and service enhancement.

CTMC is a member of the Adventist Health System (AHS), a not-for-profit healthcare organization that emphasizes Christ at the center of care. Founded in 1973, Adventist Health System is a national leader in quality, safety and patient satisfaction. Today, Adventist Health System supports 45 campuses in 9 states and employs nearly 80,000 individuals. Adventist Health System hospitals are comprised of more than 8,200 licensed beds, providing care for more than 5 million patients each year in inpatient, outpatient and emergency room visits.



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