(02/22/13) - It was a packed lobby at Hurley Medical Center Friday morning, where festivities helped kick off the 32nd annual Ball.
The theme this year, "Passport to the World," will celebrate cultures from dozens of countries.
"This one gave us a lot to play with, so we're celebrating cultures from around the world, so that gave us a whole pallet of things to consider," said Michael Burnett, event co-chair.
The goal is to raise $200,000 for the 'Acute Care For Elderly Program', or ACE.
"It's a very specialized service, so the entire design of this unit, everything from the beds to where to place the beds, to how you decorate helps us care for elderly patients because they're prone to disorientation and different things," Burnett said.
Each of Hurley's three Benefit Ball Ambassadors talked about how they benefited from ACE.
"I was bucked off and I broke my pelvis," said Robert Roden, trauma patient.
"Within a two-year period, I had the right knee done, then a reverse shoulder replacement and then the left knee replaced and each time I was back at Hurley in therapy," said Janice Pike, orthopedic patient.
"He said, 'I don't like the looks of this EKG,' and I said, 'Let me look at it.' He let me look at it and I said, 'I'm also gonna show it to the doctor,' said Barbara Branch, cardiac patient.
The Hurley Ball Ambassadors encourage the community join them next Saturday at the Riverfront Banquet Center.
To purchase tickets, call 810-262-9399.
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