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Big Bad Voodoo Daddy to perform at Benefactors Event on Sept. 25

Ventura California, 08/18/2010

Community Memorial Healthcare Foundation is holding its Benefactors Event on Saturday, Sept. 25, with proceeds used to purchase a new ultrasound unit for Community Memorial Hospital’s Intensive Care-Critical Care Department.

Ventura recording artists Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, an internationally contemporary swing band, will perform at this year’s event.  The Benefactors Ball Committee is departing from its past formal black-tie and gown tradition to a more casual environment.

The Benefactors Event will feature fine wine and gourmet cuisine from around the world. Festivities begin with a reception at 4 p.m. under the “Big Tent” on the actual site of the new Community Memorial Hospital. Dinner is set for 5 p.m., with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy performing its unique brand of swing music starting at 6 p.m.

The Benefactors Event represents an opportunity for residents to support community-based healthcare. Every year hospital and community leaders from all over Ventura County gather for a night of dining, live music and dancing.

Formed in 1989 by lead singer Scotty Morris, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy enjoyed an early cult following and the band was featured in the 1996 movie “Swingers.” The band grew in popularity and appeared on the 1999 Super Bowl halftime show and the 2006 Capital One Bowl, and also served as house band for the sports cable network ESPN’s ESPY Awards for several years.

In recent years, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy has played on the Pops programs of American symphony orchestras, including the San Francisco Symphony in 2008. The band also released “How Big Can You Get?” a collection of their renditions of Cab Calloway songs in 2009.

Tickets can be bought individually, or by table of eight. Sponsorship package opportunities are also available. For ticket or sponsorship information, visit or call the Community Memorial Healthcare Foundation at 805/667-2881.

Community Memorial Hospital is a member of Community Memorial Health System, a not-for-profit health system, which is comprised of Community Memorial Hospital, Ojai Valley Community Hospital, and nine family-practice health centers entitled Centers for Family Health.  The health system is located in Ventura County, California.