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History of the St. Joe’s Holiday Ball

St. Joe's Holiday Ball has become the premier event of the holiday season for the Ann Arbor area. For more than three decades, dedicated volunteer chairpersons and committee members have steadfastly worked to offer guests a spectacular evening and bring the community together in support of Hospital efforts. Through the commitment of these volunteers and the generosity of the community, the Holiday Ball has raised millions of dollars in support of vital health care services and programs, ensuring that St. Joe's is able to continue providing remarkable medicine and remarkable care.

Year Event Chair Beneficiary
1976 "St. Joe's Goes to the Movies" Judy Dow Rumelhart Diagnostic Equipment - CT Scanner
1977 "St. Joe's Plays the Palace" Dottye Myers & Irene Connors Medical and Surgical Equipment
1978 "St. Joe's Waltzes to Vienna" Nan Conlin & Anneke Overseth Medical and Surgical Equipment
1979 "St. Joe's Rings in the Holidays" Betsy Stranahan Medical and Surgical Equipment
1980 "St. Joe's Encores Lester Lanin" Betsy Stranahan Nursing Code 90 Endowment
1981 "St. Joe's Heralds a White Christmas" Marnee Burke DeVine Nursing Code 90 Endowment
1982 "St. Joe's Celebrates a Holiday Fantasy" Marnee Burke DeVine Nursing Code 90 Endowment
1983 "St. Joe's Presents a Midwinter Night's Dream" Mitzi Irwin Emergency Department
1984 "St. Joe's Lights Up Manhattan" Joann Gargaro Emergency Department
1985 "St. Joe's Celebrates a Dazzling Decade" Nan Conlin & Judy Dow Rumelhart Adolescent Behavioral Services
1986 "St. Joe's Diamond Anniversary Ball" Carol Doll Adolescent Behavioral Services
1987 "St. Joe's Rings in a Merry Christmas" Kathy Hentschel & Doris Sanford Rehabilitation Program
1988 "St. Joe's Orchestrates a Musical Holiday" Sheila Shulman Catheterization Laboratory
1989 "St. Joe's Wishes Upon a Star" Susan Bonfield MRI Equipment Project
1990 "A Shimmering Rhapsody" Dorothy Farhat McAuley Cancer Care Campaign
1991 "Heaven and Nature Sing" Joann Pearsall McAuley Cancer Care Campaign
1992 "Waltz of Yuletide Flowers" Jeanne Harrison McAuley Campaign for Elderly Care
1993 "La Fiesta Del Sol" Ruth Whitaker McAuley Campaign for Elderly Care
1994 "St. Joe's Presents a Highland Holiday Fling" Sheila Cresswell McAuley Campaign for Elderly Care
1995 "The Winter Palace at St. Joe's Judy Johns Campaign for Cardiovascular Care
1996 "St. Joe's Holiday in Venice" Kerry McNulty Hoffmann Breast Care Services
1997 "Joie de Vivre" - Joy of Life Wendy B. Holmes Campaign for Women's Health
1998 "Reflection of a Winter's Night" Ann Black Campaign for Women's Health
1999 "An Evening on the Emerald Isle" Teri Shields Campaign for Women's Health
2000 "The Grand Ball: Celebrating St. Joe's Past, Present & Future" Jan Lyons Campaign for Women's Health
2001 "St. Joe's 2001 Odyssey Ball" Stephanie Lord &
Maya Savarino
Emergency Department Renovation and Expansion
2002 "It's a Wonderful Life" Jan Brandon Emergency Department Renovation and Expansion Pediatric Emergency/Urgent Care (PEUC)
2003 "Under the Tuscan Moon" Anne Genovese Cath Lab/Radiology Renovation and Expansion
2004 "An Evening at The Nutcracker" Ann Schriber Surgery Pavilion Project
2005 "A Journey to the North Pole" Caroline Sharp The Patient Towers – featuring the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
2006 "Majestic Michigan" Fran Talsma The Patient Towers – featuring the Surgical Intensive Care Unit
2007 "As Time Goes By" Techy Rodriguez-Doyle The Patient Towers – featuring the Oncology Unit
2008 "Winter Wonderland" Donna Friedman The Patient Towers – featuring the Cardiovascular Hospital
2009 "Paris - City of Lights" Laurie Prager The Patient Towers – featuring the Mother/Baby Unit
2010 "Rio" Barbara Faja & Kristin Casalou The Patient Towers – featuring the Pediatrics Unit
2011 "The Black & White Ball – The Party for St. Joe's Century" Julie Beer Outpatient Surgery Center
2012 "Wonderland" Kelly Sorini Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
2013 "Let It Snow" Lisa Edwards Neuro Rehab Program
2014 Rococo Ines Fitzpatrick The Clinical Simulation Center Program at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor
2015 A Night at The Rainbow Room® Lynn Stella Transformation of the Cancer Center at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor
2016 To be announced Debra Hermann To be announced

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