Annual SIGN fundraiser collects over $300,000

The annual fundraiser for SIGN, the Surgical Implant Generation Network based in Richland, collected about $300,000, nearly double what was raised in 2009.

Jeanne Dillner, SIGN spokeswoman, said the event held at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick far surpassed expectations.

In addition, net proceeds collected through Dec. 31 will be matched by a fund set up for SIGN at the Seattle Foundation, for a total of $600,000. That will cover two months of SIGN's 2011 budget, Dillner said.

Sponsors for the event included Acumed, The Bogert Group, HAPO, IDA, Kadlec Health Systems, Northwest CPA Group, Northwest Orthopaedics and Dr. Steven and Mary Kincaid. There was a special tribute to the John and June Rector family for their long-term support of SIGN.

The event included demonstrations of the SIGN surgery technique by Drs. Lew Zirkle, John Staeheli and Gordon Hseigh. SIGN has been teaching the method for repairing broken bones in Third World countries around the world.

More information on SIGN is available at www.sign-post.org.