2015 St. Joe's
Holiday Ball Chair
It is a great honor and pleasure to be chairing the 2015 St. Joe's Holiday Ball as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of this distinguished tradition. I hope that you will join me in supporting this year's event, A Night at the Rainbow Room®, to take place on Saturday, December 5 at Eastern Michigan University's Convocation Center.
To honor the 40th anniversary of our community's premier black-tie fundraiser, we are drawing on the vintage glamour of the 1940s supper club – a time and place known for sophistication, style and elegance. Imagine yourself at one of the most iconic supper clubs in the country, the most celebrated supper club in the United States – the Rainbow Room of NYC, located on the 65th floor of Rockefeller Center.
In bringing a bit of New York to Ann Arbor, EMU's atrium will be transformed into Rockefeller Plaza at Christmas time. Guests will be greeted by trumpeting angels, the magnificent Rockefeller Christmas tree, flying flags and a splash of Broadway. Sounds of the big band era will beckon guests into the Ballroom where they'll be surrounded by the NYC skyline at dusk. Patrons in their finest gowns and tuxedos will dance the night away and enjoy a signature meal, specialty drinks, fabulous entertainment, and great camaraderie – the perfect venue for a magical evening!
All of this glitz, however, would not be right without a worthy cause, and this year, I'm excited to announce that funds in support of the Holiday Ball will go toward the expansion and renovation of St. Joe's Cancer Center.
When the Cancer Center opened in 1993, it was state of the art – built to provide patients with compassionate, advanced treatments. In the ensuing 22 years, the program has continued to grow dramatically. St. Joe's research program, funded by the National Cancer Institute, has been recognized as the best in the country. They have embraced new treatments such as robotic surgery and CyberKnife radiation. St. Joe's has become a national leader in multidisciplinary care with clinics staffed by renowned medical, surgical, and radiation experts. And, they have created a team dedicated to personalized, high quality, and efficient care including nurse navigators, geneticists, social workers, nutritionists, palliative care experts and financial counselors. Support for the Holiday Ball will help transform the Cancer Center to support these vital services – services that weren't yet envisioned when the current Cancer Center was built.
As a nurse and nurse anesthetist, who practiced at St. Joe's for many years, I have seen firsthand the need for this kind of compassionate, patient-centered, exceptional care St. Joe's is known for. As the wife of Dr. Phil Stella, Director of the Cancer Care Program, I hear of the struggles and needs that cancer patients face daily. In order to continue to lead the nation in delivering this high quality, high value care, an expansion of the Cancer Center is so very necessary, and we appreciate your support.
While I have been a Holiday Ball volunteer for the past 25 years, I am humbled by the opportunity to chair this year. I am grateful to the Holiday Ball Committees and my husband, Phil, for joining me in this important cause. And, I hope you will help us to celebrate a 40-year tradition, our ruby anniversary, and make the 2015 Holiday Ball a memorable night in support of a worthy cause. Your participation will bring us one step closer to our $1-Million fund-raising goal and will help St. Joe’s to sustain its healing mission.
A Night at the Rainbow Room® will embrace the friendship, fun and generosity that always mark the Holiday Ball. I hope you will join us for an unforgettable evening – I look forward to seeing you there!
2015 St. Joe's Holiday Ball Chair
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