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June 9, 2014

An elegant evening

Baptist Health Corbin hosts Silver Ball Gala at Arena

CORBIN — By Kristina Smith / Staff Writer

Women draped in flowing gowns and men with their ties adjusted to perfection filled the Corbin Arena Saturday night for the ninth annual Silver Ball Gala hosted by Baptist Health Corbin.

Waiters donning a black tux passed shrimp, crab, and mozzarella appetizers around to guests waiting to be seated.  However, it was the table in the center of the room that stole everyone’s attention.

A silent auction table boasting items such as a Fender guitar, a vacation to Gatlinburg, jewelry and pedicures was only part of Baptist Health Corbin’s fundraising efforts for the night, but it was very popular as guests competitively bid to purchase their favorites.

Over the course of the night Baptist Health Corbin raised around $50,000 for their FOCUS program, and Community Health Services Director Lee Richardson expects that number to rise.

“We usually have more donations come in after the event,” Richardson said.

The FOCUS program aims to help community members in need with the rising cost of healthcare.  

Since June 2013, the program has assisted 192 patients with purchasing 753 prescriptions. The program also purchased five Lifeline devices for senior citizens, provided 205 meals at the Corbin Senior Center and delivered 1,105 meals to the homes of senior citizens.

The program is largely funded by the Silver Ball Gala that 275 people attended this past weekend.

“We are excited to be able to support the community and to have everyone here to celebrate with us the community outreach shown in our program,” Baptist Health Corbin President and CEO Larry Gray said.

After given time to look over the silent auction, guests were led to the dining area where they were served a spinach salad to start their meal and beef tenderloin served on parmesan grits and grilled asparagus as the main entrée.

During their dining experience guests were treated to live music by “America’s Got Talent” star Jimmy Rose. Rose sang a mixture of cover songs and originals before leaving guests with one bit of advice.  

“The good Lord has a plan for me, and he has a plan for you,” Rose said to an audience who responded with a roaring applause.

“We are especially excited to have Jimmy Rose with us here tonight,” Gray said.

Roasted plums on short cake biscuit were served as dessert, and once audience members were sweetened up it was time for auctioneer John Ross Yaden to take the stage.

Even though he is only 17-years-old, Yaden was able to sway audience members to donate $4,190 through the auction with purchases such as a houseboat rental, a 42-inch TV and a guitar autographed by Rose.

Richardson said she was excited to have the opportunity to speak with people throughout the night and discuss their ideas for bettering the FOCUS program.  Richardson also said that the hospital is looking to work with the city of Corbin to further develop programs.

Overall, Richardson is pleased with the turnout for the Silver Ball Gala.  “Jimmy Rose was just great.  This has been one of the better events we’ve had in years,” Richardson said.

The night was made possible thanks to 42 donors and 17 sponsors.

 

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