More than 540 people boogied the night away at Saint Luke’s East Hospital’s annual Boo Ball on Saturday, Oct. 26, raising funds for cancer infusion services and the Renewal Hope Fund, an assistance fund for cancer patients.
The Pavilion at John Knox Village was transformed into Hollywood’s Golden Age, with guests entering through a replica of Hollywood’s famous Chinese Theater. The evening’s festivities were emceed by local television personality Jennifer Plaas of Darn Good Work Productions, and attendees danced to the tunes of the New Red Onion Jazz Babies and The People Next Door.
Leading up to event, area businesses decorated and displayed mannequins consistent with the event’s theme, Ghosts of Hollywood. Guests at the Boo Ball voted on their favorite, and Five Petals’ Bette Davis mannequin was crowned the winner. Mannequins were also decorated by Men’s Warehouse, Metcalf Bank and Lee’s Summit High School FCCLA, All A Bloom, and HyVee West. After a silent and live auction, the evening’s program concluded with the announcement of the highly anticipated winners of the costume contest.
The evening’s proceeds benefit new oncology services opening at the hospital on Monday, Nov. 11, by helping to 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 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.
Funds raised 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 Renewal Hope Fund will support 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.
"We understand that cancer treatment is difficult," said Ron Baker, Saint Luke’s East Hospital CEO. "We are grateful to the Lee’s Summit community for its support of the Boo Ball, which helps provide the support services and comfortable treatment environment our patients need and offer some relief from the daily routine of cancer treatment."
The 2013 Boo Ball was 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.