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Benefit Ball offers fun for good cause

Thursday, October 25, 2001

The focus will be on fun at Saturday night's Missouri

Delta Medical Center Benefit Ball. But it's fun for a

good cause as the proceeds will help fund the Sikeston

Jaycees Kidney Dialysis Unit at the hospital. And more

importantly, it provides an opportunity for the entire

community to be a part of the growth and success of

the hospital.

Held every other year, the Benefit Ball gives all

Sikeston residents an opportunity to play a role in

the hospital's growing list of services. Each Ball

selects a specific area of hospital need and the

proceeds from the event help to fund that project. In

1999, the Ball generated $42,000 for the Medical

Scholarship Loan Program.

Co-chairs for Saturday's event are Felecia Blanton and

Amy Blanton. But these two dynamic co-chairs are

assisted by 125 volunteers who take care of the

thousands of details required to make the event a

success. Without the hard work of these volunteers,

the Ball would never become a reality.

Community hospitals are shrinking in numbers

nationally and it speaks well of our community that

local volunteers and community supporters are taking

such an active role in the development of the local

medical facilities. Saturday's event is an ideal

opportunity to combine an entertaining and fun evening

and an extremely worthwhile cause. By any definition,

that's a win-win situation.

Saturday's Benefit Ball will feature superb

entertainment, an outstanding meal and the opportunity

to bid on over 100 items donated by Sikeston-area

businesses. All proceeds will help fund the new

dialysis unit that features state-of-the-art

technology. If you combine the business donations, the

volunteer participation and the public turnout, the

event will involve literally thousands of Sikeston

residents. That too speaks well of the community.

Tickets are still available for Saturday's Benefit

Ball. You can call 472-7601 for more information. But

rest assured, Saturday's event is among the best

examples of community involvement for a worthwhile

cause. It shows the strength of the community and the

popular support for the needs of the hospital. That's

a pretty good combination.



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