Our roots began in 1984 under the leadership of the Good Shepherd Guild, a volunteer group of 60 women. The Guild volunteers give their time and talents in support of Good Shepherd Medical Center Longview throughout the year. Gold Rush has supported projects, such as the opening of the Heart Center in 1987 and the critical care expansion that added the 5th and 6th floors in 1992. In addition, Gold Rush funds have renovated Pediatrics, purchased technologically advanced cardiac catherization equipment, connected a central monitoring system in Maternal Children Services, updated equipment and environment on the Womens's and Children's Services unit, provided a system by which parents of babies in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit can monitor them from home, purchased emergency defibrilators for Good Shepherd's emergency ambulance service, and helped fund the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Good Shepherd's Institute for Healthy Living, the Shepherd House, the Digital Mobile Mammography Service, Phase II of the Medical Simulation Center, facility improvements which support the Graduate Medical Education program and 3D Mammography Technology.
In 2016, Gold Rush proceeds brought Healthyville, an interactive fitness and nutrition exhibit, to Longview World of Wonders, a hands-on discovery center for kids.
Over 450 businesses and individuals support Gold Rush through underwriting tables, auction items, and raffle tickets which make the event a huge success. Another part of that success is attributed to the 200+ Good Shepherd employees who volunteer their time as greeters, food and beverage servers, valet parking attendants, cashiers and silent auction monitors throughout the evening.
As the official organizer of Gold Rush, the Good Shepherd Foundation is a nonprofit charitable organization that encourages philanthropic support of needed programs, facilities, services and activities for Good Shepherd Medical Center.