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Every November, Scotland Memorial Foundation plays host to its premiere fundraising event, Putting on the Ritz – A Gala of Giving. The 2023 Putting on the Ritz, marked the 30th anniversary of this event to support Scotland Health Care System.  Your support of last year’s 30th anniversary Ritz helped us raise more than $217,000.

Every year Scotland Memorial Foundation designates a recipient of the Fund the Need initiative. In 2023, over $70,000 was raised to support diabetic patient needs.

The individuals and businesses who support Putting on the Ritz make a significant impact with their generous financial contributions. Scotland Memorial Foundation uses the proceeds from the Ritz to fund numerous community-based health and wellness programs and services each year, including:

  • • Support Groups
  • • Free Mammogram Fund
  • • Scholarships
  • • Henley’s Heart Fund to support Cardiopulmonary Rehab patients
  • • Wound Healing Center Patient Support Fund
  • • Nursery Patient Support Fund
  • • Scotland Cancer Treatment Center Patient Support Fund
  • • Charles L. “Chuck” Hicks Memorial Fund to support cardiovascular patients.


Fund the Need

Every year Scotland Memorial Foundation designates a recipient of the Fund the Need initiative. This year, 100% of Fund the Need contributions will support diabetes for those in need.

  • The staggering facts about Diabetes are:

    • More than 37 million people in the United States have diabetes, and 1 in 5 of them don’t know.

    • 96 million US adults - over a third - have prediabetes, and more than 8 in 10 don’t know.

    • Diabetes is the eighth leading cause of death in the US and may be underreported.

    • The leading causes of death in Scotland, Robeson, and Marlboro counties are heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.

    • In the last 20 years, adults diagnosed with diabetes has doubled, mostly due to obesity.

    • About 130,000 people have amputations each year related to diabetes complications.

    • Many patients lack funding for medications and healthy eating habits.

    • Many patients don’t have transportation to make regular appointments for screenings.

    • Diabetic patients with wounds who miss weekly appointments because of a lack of transportation are 50% more likely to face amputation.

    • Many patients don’t have access or financial means for glucose monitoring or other preventative measures.