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Tickets still available for hospital's Charity Ball

Community members will get to walk the red carpet for CHI St. Alexius Hospital's 34th Annual Charity Ball this Saturday. This year's theme is "Winter is Coming," and will take place at the Ramada Grand Dakota Lodge starting at 5:30 p.m. There are...

The hospital's annual Charity Ball has sold out the last few years and raised money for new medical equipment. Photo courtesy of CHI St. Alexius Hospital.
The hospital's annual Charity Ball has sold out the last few years and raised money for new medical equipment. Photo courtesy of CHI St. Alexius Hospital.

Community members will get to walk the red carpet for CHI St. Alexius Hospital's 34th Annual Charity Ball this Saturday.

This year's theme is "Winter is Coming," and will take place at the Ramada Grand Dakota Lodge starting at 5:30 p.m. There are still tickets available and cost $100 per person with proceeds going toward scopes for the women's health department and the operating room, said Heather Ekre, the hospital's development officer and event organizer.

From 2011 to 2015 the event raised $770,577 for the hospital to buy a warming system for surgical services, a fetal monitoring system and equipment for the new walk-in, family and women's services, among other things, Ekre said.

The ball is the hospital's biggest fundraising event of the year raising money mostly for hospital equipment for different departments. The event has a 350-person ceiling and has sold out the last few years, she said.

Jodi Bosch, director of the hospital's foundation, said it warms her heart to see the community's support every year and to get to spend time with all of them.

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"I think (the importance) is to raise an awareness in regards to, number one, our hospital, and it's the only hospital in our community," she said. "It's a fun event for all of our donors and the people that support our hospital in this community. This is our 34th year, so it's an event that has continued on and been very well-attended, almost like an event that everyone looks forward to, I would say."

The event will have a sit-down dinner, a silent auction and red carpet interviews for the guests as they walk in, she said. The band "Ultrasound" from Fargo will also perform later in the evening, which she said seemed fitting for the hospital. Guests will also get to "sell a singer" by bidding on one of three attendees who will have to finish a song's lyrics if they are the highest bidder on a particular item.

There is a committee for the event that volunteers time year-round to help make it a success, Bosch said.

Reed Reyman, president of the hospital, said he is grateful to those who do devote so much of their time to planning and putting on the event to help make it a success for the hospital. Even just a few weeks after the ball those same volunteers will begin planning next year's event, he said.

"As administrator of the hospital, I'm just very, very thankful those people are willing to give that much time, that that committee is willing to give that much time year after year to ensure that we have the equipment that we need to provide quality healthcare," Reyman said.

He praised Dickinson for the support the hospital has received over the years.

"It was started by the community to show support for the hospital many years ago, and we just kept that tradition moving forward, so it's very, very important for the hospital because we've been able to make a lot of improvements in the hospital based on the funds raised at that charity ball," Reyman said. "Not very many communities, I mean there's a few communities that support the hospital, but I don't think there's very many communities that support the hospital at the level that Dickinson does. It's very impressive."

To buy a ticket call the hospital's Foundation Office at 701-456-4746.

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