31st annual Hurley Benefit Ball coming to downtown Flint - ABC 12 – WJRT – Flint, MI

31st annual Hurley Benefit Ball coming to downtown Flint

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(04/19/12) - It's traditionally Hurley's biggest fundraising night of the year.

"This is a huge deal for Hurley Medical Center. All the proceeds this year will go toward the children's hospital, which is a hospital within a hospital," said event chairman Mike Burnett.

Saturday, the 31st annual Hurley Benefit Ball takes over the Riverfront Banquet Center in downtown Flint. Organizers hope to bring in more than $200,000 for its children's hospital, which opened back in November.

"We are the safety net hospital for the community, so we don't get paid for a lot of our services. This fundraiser helps offset those costs and helps provide services to families who otherwise couldn't afford or get those services," Burnett said.

Those dollars collected will also allow Hurley to keep up to speed with new developments in the health care industry.

"We just finished with an electronic medical record, which was a huge advancement for patient safety and medical care, and there are always things down the line that we're looking at investing in," Burnett said.

The theme for this years event is "Carnival," and the entire banquet center will be receive an extensive makeover, complete with a big top over the dance floor.

"There's going to be cotton candy and bobbing for presents, and amazing bidding on incredible items. The community has been so generous. Electronics, trips, jewelry, you name it, we've got it," said Hurley Medical Center's communications director, Ilene Cantor.

And the hospital is also calling on some of its patients to help beat the drum for community support.

"This year we have a few ambassadors. We have children and their families who have been recipients of services through Hurley, and it helps put a face on the services we provide," Burnett said.

"Regardless of your ability to pay, our doors are always open, and this event is transformative in really so many ways to help continue to care for the region's smallest patients," Cantor said.

Tickets are still available for Saturday night's Hurley Benefit Ball.

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