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Blue Jean Ball raises $60,000 for local health care

Blue Jean Ball raises $60,000 for local health care

More than 570 in attendance

The Eighth Annual Blue Jean Ball drew a crowd of more than 570 people and raised approximately $60,000 for local health care through the Ozarks Medical Center Foundation. The evening of food, fun and entertainment was held Sept. 24 at Risner Stables in West Plains.

“We greatly appreciate the support the community has for the Blue Jean Ball,” said Ward Franz, Executive Director of the OMC Foundation. “Thank you to all those who donated auction items, sponsored the event and, of course, to those who joined us for the evening. Special thanks to the Blue Jean Ball committee for their endless hours of work to make the event special.” Committee members are: Nancy Franz, Ann Marie Newberry, Phyllis Papp, Pam Ream, Melissa Smith, Gay Stover, Joan Hanff, Karen Yarborough and Ward Franz.

The Blue Jean Ball committee would also like to thank the following volunteers for helping make the event a success: Boy Scout Troup 61; Koshkonong FFA; OMC Nutrition Services; OMC employees who worked the event; and Linda Risner’s MSU-WP Agriculture students. The committee especially appreciates Linda Risner of Risner Stables for allowing us to host this event at her beautiful stables.

Proceeds from the event benefit the OMC Foundation, which uses the funds for projects such as OB infant care, the OMC Foundation Endowment, OMC Hospice, Heart Care Services, the OMC Cancer Treatment Center and building and technology expansion projects.

The event included entertainment by The Vikki McGee Band, sponsored by West Plains Bank and Trust and VALIC; the giveaway of a quarter carat diamond and gemstones, courtesy of Carter’s Jewel Chest of Mountain Home, Arkansas; 5/R Mini Buckers of Koshkonong; a mechanical bull; and silent auction.

“The event was a huge success and we are already looking forward to the Ninth Annual Blue Jean Ball in 2017,” Franz said.

For more information about the Blue Jean Ball or the OMC Foundation, call 417-853-5200.

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