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News Releases / 2009

Nightingale Ball Fund-Raiser Returns to Ojai Nov. 14

Ojai, California, 09/15/2009

The annual Nightingale Ball—the major fund-raising effort of the Ojai Valley Community Hospital Foundation Guild—will be returning “home” Nov. 14 for a gala evening of dining and dancing at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa.

“The Ball is such a popular social gathering for our local donors that we’re delighted to be holding it once again in the Ojai Valley,” said Dottie Combs, who is co-chairing the event with her husband, Jim.

The Nightingale Ball has raised close to $1 million since its inception in 2002. Funds have been used to enhance patient services at the nonprofit Ojai Valley Community Hospital and have been an integral part of the community contribution to the hospital’s new Emergency Room.

“With the new ER due to open in just a few more weeks, the Guild can now focus on funding other needs at the hospital,” Jim Combs explained. “Proceeds from this year’s Ball will be used to upgrade radiology and imaging services—an area that benefits so many people in our community.”

Music for dancing and listening enjoyment at this year’s Ball will be provided by vocalist Candace Delbo and the Pacific Standard Time Jazz Combo. The evening will also feature a raffle and live auction with an array of premium items going to the highest bidders.

“In only a few years, the Ball has become an important community event, giving hospital supporters a chance to help our local hospital as they enjoy a gala evening with their friends and neighbors,” said Dottie. “We welcome wide community participation. If you’re not on our mailing list, just give us a call.”

A number of underwriting and sponsorship opportunities, ranging from $1,000-5,000, are being offered to help defray the cost of the event. Single ticket prices are also available at $235 each.

“Sponsorships and underwriting enable us to increase our contribution to the hospital—a bottom-line result that translates into quality care for patients,” Jim noted.

Assisting the Combses in planning the gala evening are committee members Ren and Victoria Adam, Don Anderson and Nita Whaley, Roger Beckworth, Tom and Dorothy Crossman, Craig and Deborah Edwards, Gary and Brenda Farr, Peter and Barbara Haggerty, Cindy Mullins, Marty and Barbara Pops, Gloria Vadnais, Al and Joyce West, Tim and Terry Wolfe. Hosts for the event are John and Peggy Russell.

Information on tickets, sponsorships and underwriting opportunities is available at the Guild office, 640-2317.