OMC Foundation Blue Jean Ball raises $79,026.00 for local health care
More than 570 in attendance
The Tenth Annual Blue Jean Ball drew a crowd of more than 570 people and
raised $79,029.00 for the OMC Expansion Project and the Women’s
Center that will support the delivery of local health care through the
Ozarks Medical Center (OMC) Foundation. The evening of food, fun and entertainment
was held Sept. 29, at the West Plains Civic Center.
“We also had $11,027.00 in Gifts in Kind for the planned event, and
we greatly appreciate the support the community has for the Blue Jean
Ball,” said Carol Silvey, Vice President for Advancement, OMC Foundation
and Chair of the Blue Jean Ball Committee. “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: Steve DeClue, Ann Marie Newberry, Pam Ream, Joe
Kammerer, Jim McFarland, Melissa Smith, Kelly Gleghorn, Regina Eades,
Sarah Johnson, Kristi Drummond, and Erika Atkins.
The Blue Jean Ball committee would also like to thank the following volunteers
for helping make the event a success: Missouri State University-West Plains
(MSU-WP) Grizzly Men’s Basketball Team, MSU-WP Student Government
Association, MSU-WP Nursing Students, West Plains High School ZCaps Students,
Carl Colasanti, OMC Finance Department, OMC Volunteers and OMC Billing.
Proceeds from the event benefit the OMC Foundation. “I’m very
pleased that the Committee has chosen to direct the proceeds to benefit
the OMC expansion and new Women’s Healthcare Center,” Silvey said.
The event included entertainment by the Cody Noel Band, sponsored by West
Plains Bank and Trust and VALIC; the giveaway of a genuine diamond, courtesy
of Carter’s Jewel Chest of Mountain Home, Arkansas; a chance to
play to win a Mahindra Tractor and Utility Vehicle courtesy of Hirsch
Feed & Farm Supply, West Plains, MO; photo booth by Carr Ward Photography;
a live auction hosted by auctioneer, Gary Sexton; and silent auction of
desserts from local bakers.
“We appreciated having the addition of auctioneer Gary Sexton to
the live auction, which raised $6,835.00. Overall the event was a wonderful
success and a great time for all who attended,” said Silvey. “We
are already looking forward to the Eleventh Annual Blue Jean Ball in 2019.”
OMC is a system of care encompassing a 114-bed acute care hospital, eight
primary care and fifteen specialty clinics, along with complete rehabilitation
and home care services.
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