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2014 St. Joe's Holiday Ball

Dear Friends,

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Ines Fitzpatrick
2014 Holiday Ball Chair

I hope you will join us at the 2014 St. Joe's Holiday Ball, Rococo. Celebrating its 39th year, the Holiday Ball is a tradition that honors community and the remarkable role that St. Joe's plays in ours. Guests will enjoy an evening among friends and your gifts will benefit The Clinical Simulation Program at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor.

Together, this year's theme and beneficiary speak to my heart – to the tradition of passing knowledge, values and a sense of culture and community from one generation to the next.

The Rococo art movement has been an inspiration to me since I was a young girl growing up in Germany. Rococo's alluring, spirited style of art, fashion and architecture rose in popularity in the 18th century and continues to mark Western Europe and beyond. From the parterre gardens to an ornate teehaus pavilion and then into the grand ballroom, guests at this year's event will feel as though they have stepped into a classic Rococo painting. This year's event, like the Rococo style itself, will reach beyond expectations.

That same innovative spirit is at the heart of the Simulation Center, a technologically advanced education lab where medical residents, health care students, clinical staff and doctors will reach further in learning and perfecting the latest medical and surgical procedures and philosophies of care. Gifts for the Holiday Ball will enhance care, safety and treatments.

While I have been involved as a volunteer at St. Joe's for several years, I am humbled by the opportunity to lead as Holiday Ball Chair this year. I am grateful to the Holiday Ball Committees and my husband, Craig, for joining me in this important cause.

The history of the Holiday Ball, just like the history of art, tells us about the dreams and accomplishments of those who came before us and sets a foundation for the future. Through this amazing event, we help to sustain St. Joe's as a world-class hospital that draws people and commerce to our community; as a place that forges friendships among dedicated volunteers, sponsors and hospital leaders; and, most importantly, as a healing place for patients and families.

I hope you will also be among those joining us for an evening of tradition, good will and festivities on December 13.

Sincerely,
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Ines Fitzpatrick
2014 Holiday Ball Chair

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