CMH to host eighth annual Burgundy Ball Sept. 24, Henry Winkler featured speaker
Citizens Memorial Healthcare will host its eighth annual Burgundy Ball, a community appreciation event, at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24, at the University Plaza Convention Center, 333 S. John Q. Hammons Parkway, Springfield. Banta Foods, a division of Reinhart Food Service, is the presenting sponsor of the evening.
Six hundred people from Bolivar and the surrounding communities are expected to attend the event. Special guest Henry Winkler is the guest speaker. Previous speakers have included Kyle Petty, Vicki Lawrence, Sugar Ray Leonard, Carl Edwards, Ozzie Smith, Anne Jillian and Kevin Sharp.
Proceeds from the live and silent auctions support programs and services at the Carrie J. Babb Cancer Center at CMH.
Burgundy Ball Speaker Henry Winkler
Henry Winkler began performing at the age of 14. He quickly found work in commercials and landed several guest spots on sitcoms including “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “The Bob Newhart Show” but an audition in October of that year changed his life forever. Producer Garry Marshall and Tom Miller cast Winkler in the role of Arthur Fonzarelli, aka The Fonz or Fonzie in the TV series, “Happy Days.”
Henry Winkler has been working in the entertainment industry for more than 30 years. “Happy Days” made Henry Winkler a TV star, but the actor was able to make his mark in films as well. After “Happy Days” ended, Winkler began to concentrate on producing and directing. To date, he has produced more than 20 TV series, directed several movies and appeared in box office hits such as “The Waterboy” and “Little Nicky.”
Since 2003, Winkler has collaborated with co-author Lin Oliver on a series of children’s books about a fourth-grade boy, Hank Zipzer, who is dyslexic. Winkler has published 17 books inspired by his own true life experiences. Winkler shares the joy and wisdom he’s accumulated while fly fishing in his latest achievement “I’ve Never Met an Idiot on the River.” Of all the titles he has received, the ones he relishes most are husband, father and most recently grandfather. Henry and Stacey have three children, Jed, Zoe and Max and granddaughter, Indya. The Winklers reside in Los Angeles with their two dogs, Charlotte and Linus.
Winkler has worked tirelessly to bring awareness and support to children who learn differently by advocating for changes in the educational system and informing parents and teachers about learning challenges.
Carrie J. Babb Cancer Center
In addition to medical oncology, hematology and radiation oncology, support services are available at the Cancer Center. These services include social services, nutritional services, massage therapy, breast prosthetic fittings, patient resource library, support groups and a variety of programs such as Look Good Feel Better, Reach to Recovery and others provided by the American Cancer Society. The Carrie J. Babb Cancer Center is staffed by Leo Shunyakov, M.D., board certified in medical oncology, hematology and internal medicine, and board certified radiation oncologist Garry Brown, D.O., M.S.
Tickets are $100 per person and are available by calling Wren Hall, director of community relations, at 417-328-6318. For more information about the CMH Burgundy Ball or the Carrie J. Babb Cancer Center, contact the CMH Information Center at 417-328-6010 or 888-328-6010.
September 14, 2011