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Blue Jean Ball raises $71,000 for local health care

Blue Jean Ball raises $71,000 for local health care

More than 675 in attendance

The Seventh Annual Blue Jean Ball, sponsored by RKL Construction, drew a crowd of more than 675 people and raised approximately $71,000 for local health care through the Ozarks Medical Center Foundation. The evening of food, fun and entertainment was held Sept. 12 at Risner Stables in West Plains.

“We greatly appreciate the support of 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 an evening at the ‘Cowboy Carnival.’ Special thanks to the Blue Jean Ball committee for their endless hours of work to make the event special.” Committee members are: Felicia Armades, Kay Collins, Kenneth Collins, Nancy Franz, Ann Marie Newberry, Phyllis Papp, Pam Ream, Melissa Smith, Jeannette Stevens, Tonya Sullivan, Gay Watson and Karen Yarborough.

The Blue Jean Ball committee would also like to thank the following volunteers for helping make the event a success: Missouri State-West Plains Ambassadors; Missouri State-West Plains Grizzly Volleyball Team; Boy Scout Troup 61; Koshkonong FFA; OMC Nutrition Services; OMC employees who worked the event; and Shelby Smith and Cecilia Lundry for manning the photo booth. 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, Riverways 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 Larson Farm & Lawn and West Plains Bank; Team Ghost Rider, sponsored by the Animal Clinic of West Plains; the giveaway of a one-half carat diamond, courtesy of Carter’s Jewel Chest of Mountain Home, Arkansas; carnival games; and silent auction.

“The event was a huge success and we are already looking forward to the Eighth Annual Blue Jean Ball in 2016,” Franz said.

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

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