CMH to host ninth annual Burgundy Ball on Saturday (Sept. 22)

Amy Grant featured speaker and entertainer

Citizens Memorial Healthcare will host its ninth annual Burgundy Ball, a community appreciation event, at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22, 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 Amy Grant is the featured speaker and entertainer. Previous speakers have included Henry Winkler, Kyle Petty, Vicki Lawrence, Sugar Ray Leonard, Carl Edwards, Ozzie Smith, Anne Jillian and Kevin Sharp.  The evening will also celebrate the hospital’s 30th anniversary.  CMH opened her doors Sept. 28, 1982.

Proceeds from the live and silent auctions support programs and services for patients and their families at the Carrie J. Babb Cancer Center at CMH including the future Tremain Family Hospitality House to be located across from the Cancer Center.  

Burgundy Ball Speaker and Entertainer Amy Grant

Conventional wisdom has it that Amy Grant put Contemporary Christian music on the map. She surely did that, achieving such breakthroughs as being the first Contemporary Christian artist to have a platinum record, the first to hit #1 pop and the first to perform at the Grammys. Yet perhaps her greatest accomplishment was to open the door for a flood of other artists in pop as well as rock to sing about faith and soul and family and still grasp stardom. With that, her legacy as one of the most influential artists of the past couple of decades is assured.

Nearly 30 years ago Grant began embracing fans with a heartfelt singer-songwriter style mixing elements of pop, folk and country. Contemporary Christian music’s first major crossover success, she has to date earned three multiplatinum albums, six other platinum albums and four more gold albums; scored 10 Top 40 pop singles and 17 Top 40 Adult Contemporary tracks as well as a string of Contemporary Christian chart-toppers, and won six Grammy Awards plus numerous Dove Awards.

Amy has continued to write and record music about life and love; faith and heartbreak; hope and healing. Her music continues to be part of the fabric of life for long time listeners and brand new fans.

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 417-328-6318.

September 18, 2012

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