Black & White

A ball for charity

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Rim residents “put on the Ritz” in style and for a good cause at the annual Mogollon Health Alliance Black & White Ball. The funds raised will help those making use of the DaVita Rim Country Dialysis Center, located at the Rim Country Health & Retirement Community. The ball is Jan. 24 at the event center at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino and will feature the music of Sonoran Swing.

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Sonoran Swing will once again provide the dance tunes, in Big Band style and beyond, at the 2009 Black & White Ball sponsored by Mogollon Health Alliance Saturday, Jan. 24.

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The men and women who are Sonoran Swing get to showcase their musical talents when they perform.

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Judy Baker, at left, presented Mr. and Mrs. Kenny Evans with the “best dressed” award at the 2008 Black & White Ball at Mazatzal Casino. Evans was not yet mayor at the time.

Formal dress and generous hearts are the rule for the upcoming Black & White Ball.

The Mogollon Health Alliance will present the formal charity event Jan. 24 at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino. Doors open at 5 p.m. The cost is $1,200 per table or $175 per person. Proceeds allow the MHA to help patients of the DaVita Rim Country Dialysis Center with a variety of expenses.

Guests have an opportunity to win some fabulous prizes while having fun and helping those in need. The big door prize this year is a three-stone custom diamond ring from Overman Designs. Other prizes will be at least a half-dozen of the highly regarded collectible Painted Pony figurines donated by Git A Rope Publishing, Inc.; sterling and opal earrings from Payson Jewelers and more. In fact every place setting will have a gift and each centerpiece will be awarded. Plus awards will be given to the best dressed couple and the best dancers.

Sonoran Swing will once again provide the music for the evening, with special vocal performances by Gary Cordell and Mary Gilbert.

Dancers have twirled around the floor to the big band sound of the 19-piece Sonoran Swing band at previous Black and White Ball, New Year’s celebrations and in the popular Concerts Under the Stars series presented by the Payson Parks & Recreation Department.

“Sonoran Swing is a dance band composed of people who enjoy making music,” business manager Stan Albert said. “All the members donate their time and talents because of their love of music and the enjoyment they derive from playing for an audience.”

The band includes two vocalists, five saxophones, four trombones, five trumpets, piano, bass, guitar, vibraphone and drums.

Funds raised by earlier MHA Black & White Balls made it possible for the Rim Country Dialysis Center to open in the spring of 2008.

The opening of this center means that the loved ones, friends and neighbors of Rim residents have a place locally to care for their medical needs.

Funds raised this year will help care for dialysis patients’ medical bills, assure they have transportation to and from treatment, and other expenses that might come up to help ease the pain and suffering from such an overwhelming disease.

Those unable to attend the Black & White Ball and are so inclined can make a donation to the cause.

MHA is a non-profit organization with 501 c 3 status, tax identification number 86-0147128. For more information on donating or purchasing tickets, call MHA at (928) 472-2588.

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