OMC Foundation Blue Jean Ball raises $74,000 for local health care
More than 650 in attendance
The Ninth Annual Blue Jean Ball drew a crowd of more than 650 people and
raised approximately $74,000 for programs and services that support the
delivery of local health care through the Ozarks Medical Center Foundation.
The evening of food, fun and entertainment was held Sept. 30 at Risner
Stables in West Plains.
“We greatly appreciate the support the community has for the Blue
Jean Ball,” said Melissa Smith, OMC Media Relations Specialist 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: Ann Marie Newberry, Brenda Polyard, Brendan Byrne, Erin Gibbs,
Joan Hanff, Karen Yarbrough, Kelly Becker, Kristi Drummond, Pam Ream,
Phyllis Kupfer, Regina Eades, and Robin Morgan.
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
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 Cyndi and the NuTones, sponsored by
West Plains Bank and Trust and VALIC; the giveaway of a 5/8 carat diamond,
courtesy of Carter’s Jewel Chest of Mountain Home, Arkansas; Stars
‘n Steeds Equestrian Drill Team from Willard; Redman the Watusi
Bull shown by Tyler Osborn of Willow Springs; Karaoke by Cajun Jim; a
mechanical bull; and silent auction.
“The event was a huge success and we are already looking forward
to the Tenth Annual Blue Jean Ball in 2018,” Smith said.
For more information about the Blue Jean Ball or the OMC Foundation, call