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Holiday Ball set to dazzle hundreds of guests
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Holiday Ball set to dazzle hundreds of guests

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – On Saturday, December 7, more than 800 guests will step into the festive atmosphere of the winter-themed 38th annual St. Joe’s Holiday Ball entitled Let It Snow.

"My love of snow and my cherished memories are filled with family and community," said this year's event chair Lisa Edwards. "The best example is the day that Jim and I brought our son home from St. Joe’s. The ground was covered in a glittering blanket of white, the trees were painted in frost and a peaceful snow was falling. It took my breath away to have such a beautiful scene to welcome our new baby home."

The fundraising goal is to raise $800,000 to benefit the neurological rehabilitation program at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor with the purchase of advanced equipment that enhances care at every stage of recovery and improves outcomes for patients and their families.

Rebuilding your life after a traumatic injury, severe stroke or damage to the brain or spinal cord takes the absolute in comprehensive care. Each year, nearly 400 of the highest severity patients rely on St. Joe's –a national leader in the complexity of patient cases treated.

"Many patients have to re-learn basic skills from eating, swallowing and communicating to bathing, dressing and using the oven," said David P. Steinberg, MD, medical director of the neurological rehabilitation program at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor. "Some may need to rebuild physical strength, learn how to use a prosthetic limb or regain the ability to walk. The rehab team also works to find community re-entry solutions for patients ranging from identifying appropriate adaptive equipment and helping patients relearn driving skills to developing new job capabilities. New technologies are transforming how we help the brain and nervous system recover. We are really changing people's lives."

The evening begins at 6:30 p.m., when guests will be greeted at Eastern Michigan University’s Convocation Center Atrium to a sparkling, snow-flaked landscape created under the direction of designers Christopher Gregorich and Joseph Martinez. Dinner will be catered by Forte Belanger, followed by dancing to the sounds of Intrigue.

This year's Let It Snow Event Sponsor with a $100,000 gift is IHA. Platinum Sponsors with gifts of $25,000 – $50,000 are Associates in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, PC and Huron Valley Radiology, PC. Gold Sponsors, donating $10,000-$25,000, include Conlin Travel- Chris Conlin; Domino’s Pizza; DTE Energy Foundation; Edwards Brothers Malloy/Spry Publishing; Emergency Physicians Medical Group, PC; Randy & Donna Friedman; Huron Gastro / Center for Digestive Care; Kaydon Corporation; Laurus Strategies/Unified Property Group; McKinley, Inc./Ambassador Ronald N. & Eileen Weiser/ Albert M.& Paula Berriz; Oxford Companies/Catherine & Jeff Hauptman; Physicians of Michigan Heart; Promanas Group- John & Lindsay Bogdasarian; and Dick & Norma Sarns.

In addition to the many generous sponsors, the St. Joe’s Holiday Ball would not be possible without the time and dedication of more than 200 volunteers.

Tickets and sponsorships are still available. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact the Office of Development, 734-712-4040. More information is also available at the event website:

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About Saint Joseph Mercy Health System
Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS) is a health care organization serving six counties in southeast Michigan including Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne. It includes 537-bed St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, 443-bed St. Joseph Mercy Oakland in Pontiac, 304-bed St. Mary Mercy Livonia, 136-bed St. Joseph Mercy Livingston in Howell, 119-bed St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron and 113-bed Chelsea Community Hospital. Combined, the six hospitals are licensed for 1,726 beds, have six outpatient health centers, six urgent care facilities, more than 25 specialty centers; employ more than 14,000 individuals and have a medical staff of nearly 3,200 physicians.

SJMHS is a member of CHE Trinity Health, one of the largest Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 21 states from coast to coast with 84 hospitals, 95 continuing care facilities and home health and hospice programs that provide nearly 2.4 million visits annually. The organization was formed by the May 2013 consolidation of Trinity Health and Catholic Healthcare East.

For more information on health services offered at Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, please visit