SIKESTON -- The Ball is back.
New Year's Eve may seem a long way off, but planning for the Missouri Delta Medical Center 2011 Benefit Ball has already started.
"In order to pull off a perfect evening, you have to plan in advance," said Sarah Garner, co-chair for the event. "So we're already working on it."
This will be the 15th MDMC Benefit Ball.
"This is the hospital's opportunity to celebrate its accomplishments as well as raise money to benefit patients in our community," said Sharon Urhahn, co-chair. "Proceeds from this year's Benefit Ball will go toward the Hologic 3D Mammography software upgrade. It will greatly enhance our current digital mammography system."
Traditionally the Hospital Ball, which is held every other year, is scheduled in October.
"The first time the Ball was held on New Year's Eve was in 2009," Urhahn said. "The city of Sikeston had asked us to kick off the city's sesquicentennial year with a birthday celebration for the city."
"There was such a tremendous response to that," Garner said. "Holding it on New Year's Eve was so well received that we wanted to do it again."
This year's event will be at the Sikeston Armory with "An Evening on the Square" theme.
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