Get out your favorite jeans and plan to attend the Blue Jean Ball hosted by Grinnell Regional Medical Center.
The event will be Saturday, Sept. 28, from 8 p.m. to midnight at Grinnell Athletic and Recreation Center (GARC) at Ahrens Park. Advance tickets are $25 per person; $45 for two. Tickets can be purchased online at www.grmc.us up to the date of the event or at The Glass Gift Box at GRMC. Tickets at the door will cost $30 each.
Ben Latimer and Mike Pearson are the masters of ceremonies for the evening. An array of more than 70 items is on offer for guests to bid on through a silent auction, live auction, and raffle. Silent auction items include artwork by local artists, an overnight stay at an area bed and breakfast, gift baskets, and gift certificates from local businesses. Live auction items include a week’s stay at a condo in Estes Park, Colo., a day of sailing on Lake Red Rock, and two refrigerators – one branded with Iowa Hawkeyes colors and logo and one with Iowa State University Cyclones. To see the full list of auction items, go to www.grmc.us.
The raffle offers the chance to win a Mini iPad or Beats by Dre headphones. Raffle tickets are six tickets for $5, 15 tickets for $10, and 30 tickets for $20.
Warming up the crowd for the evening will be Grinnell’s own teen band, Broken Record, a group of seventh grade guys from Grinnell Middle School.
The Dweebs, a popular regional band from Wisconsin, are making their return trip to Grinnell and the Blue Jean Ball. They were a huge hit in 2011 with their range of cover tunes from the 70’s to today.
Proceeds from the event will go toward GRMC’s Moving at the Speed of Life comprehensive campaign.
“GRMC has been quietly raising funds this year for the Moving at the Speed of Life campaign,” says Denise Lamphier, GRMC’s director of communications and development. “The Blue Jean Ball marks the beginning of the next phase of the campaign. This event is really a celebration of the great relationship between GRMC and the community.”
Included in the Moving at the Speed of Life campaign are seven projects that will:
· Modernize the GRMC emergency department.
· Create an urgent care clinic.
· Enhance the GRMC Auxiliary Chemotherapy and Infusion Center.
· Purchase state-of-the-art robotic surgery equipment and a new CT scanner.
· Renovate Postels Community Health Park to accommodate GRMC’s growing wellness services program.
· Establish an endowment for the Grinnell Regional Mental Health Center.
Sponsors for the Blue Jean Ball include: Designer Sponsor – Kintzinger Family Foundation; Boot Cut Sponsors – The Claude W. and Dolly Ahrens Foundation, Claude W. Ahrens Charitable Trust, Grinnell College, Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company, and Oakland Acres Golf Club.
Stonewashed Sponsors – ASI Signage Innovations, Axmear Farm, LLC, Grinnell Chamber of Commerce, Grinnell Health Care Center, Denise Lamphier, and VanderLinden Construction; and Dark Blue Sponsors – Bikes to You- Craig Cooper, Burt Day and Jewel Kintzinger Day, Dr. Kevin and Mary Emge, Family Medicine, Wes Finch Auto Plaza, Dr. Matthew McKnight – Foot and Ankle of Iowa, Grinnell Herald-Register, Grandma’s House – Wendy Kadner, Dr. Nicholas and Stacy Kuiper, Ron and Sally Lang, Lincoln Savings Bank, Bernie Lowe and Associates, Drs. Sam and Michelle Rebelsky, University of Iowa Community Credit Union, and Joanne Yuska.
A team of volunteers and GRMC staff have partnered with GRMC’s office of Communications and Development to plan this event. They include Nancy Agnew, Rachel Bly, Jennifer Collins, Arnie Finch, Kris Gilman, Heidi Knobloch, Stacy Kuiper, Sharon Lahn, Sally Lang, Ben Latimer, Heidi Pearson, Mike Pearson, and Carolyn Roudabush.
For more information about tickets call 641-236-2954 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.