Lights Of Life 2024 Gala Chairs Announced

Sulphur Springs, TX – The Hopkins County Health Care Foundation’s Board of Directors is gearing up for the 2024 Gala which is scheduled for Saturday, January 27. The Chairs for the next Gala will be Kim and John Sellers.

Kim and John have been long-time supporters of the Gala, having attended most of the events. Kim has served on the Gala Committee for several years, and John is a former member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors.

This couples’ impact on the Hopkins County community doesn’t end there. Through community service and community involvement, these two have attended, volunteered, served, and donated to so many organizations and events through the years. They are active in the First United Methodist Church and enjoy spending time with family and friends.

Kim was born and reared in Lake Charles, Louisiana. After living in Texas and a few other states, she moved back to Texas in 1990 where she graduated from Texas Women’s University with a degree in Dietetic and Institutional Administration. In 1994, after completing an internship with Baylor University Medical Center, Kim moved to Sulphur Springs to begin employment at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital, now CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital – Sulphur Springs, where she is a registered/licensed dietitian. She enjoys sports, running, cooking, reading, and supporting John with his activities.

Kim has championed various health-related causes through the years, such as the 1997 Labor of Love Campaign which funded the Woman’s Pavilion at the hospital. She served as the Employee Chair for this successful campaign.

“Being the gala chair provides me another opportunity to be part of the ongoing growth and progress of our local hospital. The Foundation helps to get the word out about the quality of care offered by the hospital and the prominence of its associates,” Kim stated when asked what chairing the Gala meant to her.

John is a native of Sulphur Springs, with deep roots to the area. His parents are Charles and Billiefae Vaden Sellers. John graduated from Sulphur Springs High School and Texas Tech University where he received a BA in advertising/PR. He also holds a Texas Teacher Certificate. John serves as the marketing director for City National Bank. He is active in the Hopkins County Genealogical Society, serving as president since 2017. He has been an active member of the Rotary Club of Sulphur Springs since 1998, having served as president. He also holds the distinction of serving as the Sulphur Springs mayor for more terms than anyone since the city adopted the city manager form of government in 1947. He is a sought-after speaker for national, regional and local conferences on genealogy and history. In 2023, John received the Vision Award from the Chamber of Commerce.

John shared his motivation for supporting the Health Care Foundation, “Leadership is strengthened by believing in a worthy endeavor.  Our hospital foundation is definitely one.  It supports the institution where my life began and continues to play an integral role in our lives and the community.” 

Kim and John were introduced to each other through mutual friends. They married in 1996. They are the parents to son, Eli, who recently wed Arielle. Eli and Arielle make their home in Washington State. Eli is serving in the US Air Force as a Precision Strike Operator, and Arielle works for the Department of Morale, Recreation and Welfare for the US Army.

Chair of the Hopkins County Health Care Foundation Board of Directors Maleta Reynolds said about the announcement, “We are thrilled to have Kim and John chair the next Gala.  They have always been loyal supporters of the Gala and the Foundation.  We are grateful for their commitment and excited to see them add their personal flair to this year’s campaign.”

Sponsorship opportunities and ticket information will be made available closer to the event. Follow the Hopkins County Health Care Foundation on Facebook for more news on the Foundation and the Gala.

The Hopkins County Health Care Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that aims to improve health and wellness in Hopkins County.

For more information on the Foundation, contact Executive Director Kayla Price at 903-438- 4799.

Kim and John Sellers have been announced as the 2024 chairs of the Hopkins County Health
Care Foundation’s 18 th Annual Gala to be held on January 27 at the Hopkins County Regional Civic

Author: Ethan Klein

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