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Dialysis dependents will benefit from MDMC ball

Wednesday, October 24, 2001

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Julie Ann Palmer creates a table decoration for the Missouri Delta Medical Center's benefit ball.
SIKESTON - To those who depend on dialysis, Saturday

night's gala will be more than a social gathering. To them, Missouri Delta Medical Center's benefit ball

attendees will be a group of individuals who cared

enough to help them receive the blood filtering

process they need to live.

This year it will be the Sikeston Jaycees Kidney

Dialysis Unit that will benefit from the proceeds made

from the event and both patients and staff members are

grateful.

As it stands, the number of patients needing dialysis

surpasses the space and staff available at the

hospital's small dialysis unit and the individuals

from out of the area are having to be referred to

other facilities. The new dialysis center's

freestanding building is an answer to many prayers.

Centered around the theme "Hollywood: Night Of A

Thousand Stars," the gala begins at 7 p.m. at the

Sikeston Armory. Tickets are still available by

calling 472-7601.

Serving as co-chair of the event, Amy Blanton pointed

out there are numerous items on which guests will have

an opportunity to bid and all of the money will go

toward the construction of the dialysis unit as well.

"We have 103 items to be auctioned off, ranging from

gift certificates to different restaurants in the

community to a trip to the Bahamas to jewelry," she

said. "Everyone in town is so generous to give us such

nice things for the auction."

The auction will take place from 7-11 p.m. Saturday.

Publicity Chairman Jackie Williams invites the

community to an evening of what she describes as

superb food, excellent entertainment and outstanding

auction items, knowing all the while the money will

help others.

"What people need to realize is that this ball

benefits our community even if you don't have to have

dialysis or you don't know anyone who does. It is not

an individual health issue because it provides a much

needed medical option for people in this area as well

as others."

Hosted every other year, the women believe what makes

it so successful is the community support and the

importance residents place on the hospital itself.

"I think people really appreciate the hospital being

in the community," explained Blanton. "If we didn't

have a local hospital we certainly wouldn't have the

convenience of getting good health care here at home.

I think people are really supportive of the hospital

and enjoy coming to the event. It's a nice way to get

out and get dressed up every couple of years."

Williams said another factor that plays into the

success the hospital ball has seen through the years

is that committee members work hard to keep the costs

down which ends up benefiting the cause that

particular event is focused on.

Two years ago approximately 450 guests attended the

hospital ball which raised $42,000 for the Medical

Scholarship Loan Program.

"I think the people who come will have a really good

time and really enjoy being around other people in the

community, knowing their money is going for a good

cause. I think they'll be impressed with all the work

that goes into it, especially the decorations, it's a

big production. The armory will be transformed into a

true hollywood setting, it's really going to be nice,"

Blanton said.

"Guests can expect a very elegant atmosphere, a nice

catered gourmet meal and a wide array of auction items

which will be displayed beautifully," Williams said,

encouraging those who have yet to purchase their

tickets to do so. "You can spend the night dancing and

being with friends. It's an elegant evening out where

you dress in ball gowns, have a great time and help others."