CMH to host 10th annual Burgundy Ball Sept. 21, Roy Firestone featured speaker and entertainer

Citizens Memorial Hospital/Citizens Memorial Health Care Foundation will host its 10th annual Burgundy Ball, a community appreciation event, at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21, at the University Plaza Convention Center, 333 S. John Q. Hammons Parkway, Springfield.  Reinhart Food Service is the presenting sponsor of the evening.

Hundreds of people from Bolivar and the surrounding communities are expected to attend the event. Special guest Roy Firestone is the featured speaker and entertainer. Previous speakers have included Amy Grant, Henry Winkler, 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 for patients and their families at the Carrie J. Babb Cancer Center at CMH including the Tremain Family Hospitality House located across from the Cancer Center.  

Burgundy Ball Speaker and Entertainer Roy Firestone

Critically acclaimed for his work in broadcast journalism, Firestone has won seven Emmy® Awards and seven Cable ACE Awards. He has interviewed more than 5,000 people, including nearly every major sports figure. The late Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Jim Murray called Firestone, "the best interviewer I've ever seen. That's not the best interviewer in sports, that's the best interviewer period."

Curiosity and passion drive Firestone to interview people beyond the realm of sports and in the world of art, music, politics and popular entertainment. His interview subjects are an eclectic mix including cyclist Lance Armstrong; former president Richard Nixon; legendary actor James Stewart; jazz great Miles Davis; TV's Ray Romano; and pop icon Madonna.

Firestone performs his multi-media review before audiences in Las Vegas, at major sporting events, meetings, formal events and conventions throughout the world. The accomplished singer, impressionist, and humorist has shared the bill with notables such as Frank Sinatra, Michael McDonald, Gladys Knight, the Doobie Brothers and Smokey Robinson. Television appearances include David Letterman, Jay Leno, Bob Costas, Nightline, Larry King and Bill Maher.

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., and Shamila Garg, M.D., board certified in medical oncology, hematology and internal medicine, and board certified radiation oncologist Garry Brown, D.O., M.S.

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 03, 2013

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