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1966 "Harvest Ball" and 50 years later, the 2016 "We Should Be Dancing" Raises Funds for local hospital.

The Auxiliary of Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center (AuxiliarySWRMC, a 501c3 non-profit) formerly the Williamsburg Community Hospital Auxiliary continues to provide funding and assistance since their partnership with the local hospital began in 1962. This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the first Auxiliary Fundraiser, The Harvest Ball, in 1966. Ticket prices for the 1966 formal affair in the Virginia Room were $6.00, and the ladies in their long gowns and gloves, and gentlemen in tuxedos, danced until the wee hours of the morning to the sounds of Charlie Costa and his band. Dottie and Sterling Nichols have always been dance enthusiasts and attended those Harvest Balls held until the early 80's when rock music changed the dance scene. The Auxiliary went on to different fundraising projects but stayed true to their mission to enhance the quality of care at WCH, and continues that same focus at Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center. Over the years the Auxiliary has funded over 1.5 million in donations and assistance. Some as small as a hand knit baby caps for a newborns (the only hospital in the area with such a treasure for each little one), activity bags for children in the ER, to the award winning free mammograms for uninsured women (approx. 30/month), to the Unique Boutique for chemotherapy patients, to scholarships for healthcare caregivers. Recent items, that enhance patient care, include a special freezer for Pasteurized Breast Milk for at risk infants, Accuvein scanners making blood draws easier for nearly every test!!!, Bioness Stimulators to improve patient mobility, and a Rehab Simulator Model Car for Ortho-Joint center patients to relearn skills needed after joint replacement surgery or a stroke.
Last year, the Auxiliary recognized the Williamsburg community (and the whole country) had rediscovered the joy of dancing (and/or watching other people dance) so they brought back a newer version of the Harvest Ball with an emphasis on the health benefits of dancing. WE....YOU...ALL of us Should Be Dancing. It's fun, it's romantic, and attendees will know how to dance to the "music of our lives". So many memories accompany the songs played by LP & Company, a very popular big band. You'll even have the opportunity to dedicate a song during the evening. The event includes cocktails and appetizers on the veranda at the Colonial Heritage Clubhouse, followed by buffet dinner and dancing. Dottie and Sterling will start the evening with a dance exhibition followed by 2 other dance exhibitions during the band breaks. Cocktail attire for your complimentary photo like the one pictured, Gentlemen Ambassador Dance partners and a Cash Bar. For more information about this event, raffle tickets, and to make your reservations online by October 12: Reservations & Raffle tickets also available in the Pineapple Gift Shop at Sentara Williamsburg or by calling 220-2486.
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Thank you for your support. See you on the Veranda on the 22nd.

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