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Long-time Ojai Hospital supporters team up again for Nightingale Ball

Ojai California, 10/11/2010

When Barbara Pops and her friend Peggy Russell joined forces 10 years ago to form a financial support group for the Ojai Valley Community Hospital, little did she imagine that their “can-do” organization would raise close to $1 million in less than a decade.

Now this formidable Ojai twosome—along with their husbands Dr. Marty Pops and John Russell—have teamed up again for the Hospital Foundation Guild’s ninth annual Nightingale Ball to be held Nov. 13 at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa.  The Russells are chairing the gala event, which will commemorate the hospital’s 50th anniversary, while Marty and Barbara are serving as honorary hosts.

“The Guild’s success at gaining community support for our hospital has exceeded
just about everyone’s expectations,” said Barbara, “making it possible to fund a number of improvements at both the hospital and the adjacent Continuing Care Center.”

Barbara, who served as the Guild’s first president and later as chair of the Hospital Foundation, is considered the leading force in making the hospital’s new state-of-the-art Emergency Department a reality.

“Barbara was the spark that jump-started this effort while the Guild played a big part in raising funds for the community’s share of this important project,” explained Marty, who is currently serving as board chair of Community Memorial Health System, which includes the Ojai facilities.

Both the Pops and the Russells have worked closely together over the past 10 years to build community support and promote quality care at the local nonprofit hospital.

“When Peggy and John asked us to serve as hosts for this year’s Ball, we saw it as a good way to celebrate the Guild’s success and the hospital’s half century of service.  We want to encourage friends and neighbors to join in this gala event and help us acknowledge just how vital our hospital is to this community,” Barbara noted.

“After so many years in medicine, I find it especially gratifying to be part of a community that recognizes it has a big stake in its hospital and is willing to provide financial support to enhance patient care,” Marty added.

Proceeds from this year’s Nightingale Ball will be used for ongoing improvements and modernization at the hospital and the CCC.

The gala event will feature vocalist Candace Delbo and the Pacific Standard Time Jazz Combo.  The evening will also include a raffle and a live auction with an array of premium items going to the highest bidders.

Sponsorship opportunities, ranging from $1,000-5,000 are being offered to help defray the cost of the event.  Single ticket prices are set at $235.

“Sponsorships are so important to the Nightingale’s financial success because they allow us to increase our contribution to the hospital,” Barbara said.  “But we also encourage individual donors to come out for an elegant evening of dining and dancing.”

For information on sponsorship opportunities and tickets, call the Guild office at 640-2317.

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