“Starry” Night is the theme of this year’s Health Alliance Holiday Ball Saturday, Dec. 12 at the Roberts Centre, 123 Gano Road, Wilmington. Proceeds from the annual event benefit the Cancer Patient Assistance Program, Heather’s Hope Diabetes Foundation, the Health Alliance Scholarship Fund and Community Care Hospice.
Open to the public, the holiday ball event begins with appetizers and a social hour at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. with both silent and live auctions, plus dancing from 9:30 to 11 p.m. with the live music band Laika. Reservations with checks for $75 per person should be mailed by Dec. 1 to Health Alliance of Clinton County, PO Box 881, Wilmington, OH 45177.
Attendees gathering on the winter’s evening in the ballroom will stroll through a winter wonderland motif, with evergreen trees and auction items under glittering blue and purple stars. Featured items include a snow blower, Rozzi’s Fireworks, an historic Beaumont Inn getaway, a handcrafted quilt, U.S. Open golf tournament tickets, an oil painting, a dinner train excursion, an American Girl Doll, children’s books and games, art glass, jewelry chest, an authentic Double Black Tie slot machine, a patio set, a chainsaw carving, some wood art items and sterling silver jewelry.
Ball chair is Jennifer Hollon and auction chair is Joann Chamberlin.
A nonprofit organization under the umbrella of the Clinton County Foundation, the Health Alliance of Clinton County (HACC) was formed when Clinton Memorial Hospital became a for-profit business in 2010.
HACC manages the Cancer Patients Assistance Program (CPAP) which provides limited and/or emergency financial assistance to patients with a cancer diagnosis. This includes assistance with transportation, lifeline services, durable medical equipment and personal care items to ease the struggle. Applications and further details are available at www.healthallianceclinton.org
The HACC Medical Scholarship Fund was created in 2011 to show appreciation and gratitude to the many CMH employees who support the events and projects of the Health Alliance. Two scholarships in the amount of $2000 each were awarded this fall to CMH employees Jennifer Wall and Shelby Collins to further their education in health care.
Community Care Hospice (CCH) is a rural, nonprofit health care corporation licensed by the state of Ohio. Composed of a caring team of professionals and volunteers, CCH provides a full range of hospice services including pediatrics, in both private homes and nursing home facilities, to terminally ill individuals and their families. The philosophy of CCH is to help the patient live each day fully and as alert and pain-free as possible. Further details are available at www.communitycarehospice.org
Heather’s Hope Diabetes Foundation, was formed in 2010 by friends and family of Heather James and is managed by the Clinton County Health Department. A 2003 Wilmington High School graduate, Heather died in 2008 at age 23 from complications with Type 1 diabetes. Funds assist with diabetes medication and supply costs for individuals who are uninsured or underinsured or those awaiting approval for other types of programs.
In its first four years, Heather’s Hope raised over $20,000 for diabetes research and care, which helped patients both locally and nationally. The organization’s focus now exclusively helps those in Clinton County. Further details are available on the organization’s website http://www.heathershope.org.