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Hospital fundraiser to feature the 'King'

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

SIKESTON -- Missouri Delta Medical Center's Blast from the Past fundraiser will feature the ultimate blast from the past this year: the King.

The fourth biennial Blast from the Past will be held from 7-11 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Sikeston Armory, according to Blair Moran, executive director of the Missouri Delta Medical Center Foundation.

While the fundraising events held in the past have featured guest performers, this year's will be a special treat. "We also will have an Elvis impersonator there," Moran revealed.

The event, held every other year, has become well-known for its lip synch skits. "We should have between 9 and 11 skits where they will lip synch to rock 'n' and roll oldies," Moran said.

Skit subjects are typically guarded secrets until the night of the event and usually include elaborate costumes, according to Sharon Urhahn, director of marketing for MDMC.

One year the hospital's surgeons performed in matching red sequin gowns. Another well-remembered skit was by MDMC's nursing administrative personnel who dressed up as the Village People and performed to the Village People's hit "YMCA."

"After the lip synch, there will be dancing to a sound system," Moran said.

In addition to the dancing and entertainment, there will also be plenty of food. "We will provide hotdogs, hamburgers and chips," Moran said. Beverages will also be provided, he said.

As always, there will be a special raffle held in conjunction with the Blast from the Past party.

The first Blast from the Past, held in 2000, raffled off a new Mustang and in 2002 the prize was a four-wheeler. In 2004, the raffle winner received a two-

way ticket to Hawaii for a week-long vacation along with $1,000 in spending money.

"This year we will be raffling off a cruise for two," Moran said. "The drawing for the cruise will be the night of the Blast. Tickets for the raffle are $2 each or six for $10. You need not be present to win."

The cruise will last for five nights and six days.

"Port of debarktion will be New Orleans with stops on the cruise at Costa Maya and Cozumel," Moran said. "This includes round-trip airfare from Memphis to New Orleans."

Tickets for the raffle can be purchased until just before the raffle is held.

"The money raised will go to fund various projects at Missouri Delta Medical Center," Moran said.

While volunteers put the ball together, the Blast from the Past is organized by the MDMC Foundation.

For many years, the Hospit

al Ball held every other year was the hospital's only fundraiser. A little over six years ago, Rodney Gibson, director of patient accounts, related how a previous employer had held successful fundraisers with "Blast from the Past" themes.

Recognizing a good idea, Moran tried the it out and a new tradition was born.

"We appreciate the past support we have received from the community and we hope people will attend this year's event," Moran said.

Tickets are $20 per individual and tickets may be purchased by contacting the Foundation Office at 472-7525.