Annual Boo Ball to support oncology services at Saint Luke’s East Hospital

August 7, 2013 

Saint Luke’s East Hospital and Saint Luke’s Foundation will host the fourth annual Boo Ball, a Halloween-themed costume party, on Saturday, Oct. 26, 6:30-11 p.m. at the Pavilion at John Knox Village, 520 N.W. Murray Road.. This glamorous and ghostly evening will raise funds for new cancer infusion services and the Renewal Hope Fund, an assistance fund for cancer patients.

The evening’s festivities will be emceed by local television personality Jennifer Plaas of Darn Good Work Productions. This year’s theme, Ghosts of Hollywood, will transform The Pavilion at John Knox Village into Hollywood’s golden age, featuring the spirits of legends who once frequented movie screens. Guests will enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, live and silent auctions, costume contests, and dancing to the tunes of two live bands – “The New Red Onion Jazz Babies” and “The People Next Door.”

Attendees are encouraged to dress as their favorite old Hollywood star, come in full costume, or party attire. Individual tickets are $75 and sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information about sponsorships and to purchase tickets, visit or call 816-347-4929.

Building on last year’s event which supported the creation of the Appearance Renewal Center at Saint Luke’s East Hospital, the evening will benefit oncology services. Funds raised will be used to construct and furnish the expanded Saint Luke’s Hospital Infusion Center at Saint Luke’s East Hospital as well as the Renewal Hope Fund.

Located in the hospital’s new North Medical Pavilion, the new Infusion Center will be directly adjacent to the expanded medical and hematology clinic and across the hall from the Appearance Renewal Center. The new center will house 16 private infusion bays equipped with ergonomically designed recliners, stereo headsets, windows for natural lighting, flat screen televisions, and complimentary WiFi for patients and their families.

The infusion bays promote healing with soothing colors and inviting textures. The new bays emphasize comfort and will provide a peaceful respite for patients facing the challenges of chemotherapy treatment. Saint Luke’s East Hospital will also add radiation therapy services this fall, completing the full-service oncology package.

“There was a real need in the Eastern Jackson County community to address the needs of cancer patients and their families,” said Ron Baker, Saint Luke’s East Hospital CEO. “With the expanded services, patients will no longer have to travel to multiple locations or outside of the immediate area to receive the full range of Saint Luke’s cancer treatment. Patients will have access to Saint Luke’s Cancer Institute’s experts and services without having to travel far from home.”

The Boo Ball will also help launch the Renewal Hope Fund. A cancer diagnosis can create a heavy financial burden for patients – even for those who have insurance. The costs of treatments, time away from work and other expenses can have a devastating financial impact on patients. The financial strain can make it difficult to focus on recovery for both the patient and caregivers.

The Renewal Hope Fund will help provide access to qualifying patients whose finances have been stretched thin by the demands of their care. The fund will be used for items directly related to rehabilitation and for items that may not be covered by insurance, such as wigs, scarves, mastectomy bras, and special clothing and skin items. These items help patients improve their self-image during treatment and manage the side effects of treatment.

The 2013 Boo Ball is co-chaired by Chip and Debra Moxley, and Brian and Lauren Johnson. Medical chairs are Dr. Nagendra and Shaila Natarajan. Honorary chairs are Brad and Sandy Cox and honorary medical chairs are Dr. Ruby and Tyler Meierotto.

The 2013 Boo Ball committee is comprised of 46 members chosen for their community leadership and enthusiastic support of Saint Luke’s East Hospital. Committee members include: Sarah Anning, Phyllis Balagna, Kim Berwald-Viar, Nancy Bruns, Dina Canseco, Meredith Cantrell, J.J. Coates, Vicki Cox, Julee Dugan, Sandy Eckert-Stewart, Kelsie Fell, Diane Forte, Marie Galvas, Sherilyn Glasgow, Sara Freetly-Grubb, Kathy Martin, Laura Maxwell, Sue McCambridge, Lauri Meyer, Carrody Miller, Jane Monroe, Willy Nelson, Jr., Ashlee Parker, Diane Quattrocchi, Machelle Riffe, Beth Riley, Laura Robb, Judy Schmoeger, Diane Seif, Susan Sexton, Kari Simpson, Michele Spilker, Gloria Solis, Toni Tygart, Shana Watley, and Susie Zammar.

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