Harvest Moon Ball 2017 Marks a Decade of Fun and Fundraising for Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital

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Harvest Moon Ball, Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital’s annual fundraising gala, is back for its 10th year, building on a decade of support directly benefitting patients and families through facility improvements, equipment upgrades, new technology, programs and services.

The 2017 Harvest Moon Ball returns to MGM Grand Detroit Hotel Friday, Oct. 27, 6:30 p.m. – 11 p.m., treating guests to an annual diamond raffle, basket raffle, silent auction, dinner, cocktails, dancing and musical entertainment by Chateau. Tickets are $700 for a couple and include one night at the MGM Grand Hotel or $250 per person to the event.

Awards will go the Gorno family for its longtime support of the hospital – support fueled by grandfather, George Gorno, a hospital volunteer and trustee who died of cancer in 2009.  Daniel Rose, a volunteer and owner of an orthotic/prosthetic practice in Allen Park who helps amputees across the community and around the country. Two physicians, one who still makes house calls, the other a leader for generations of physicians.

Paula Tutman, Emmy-winning journalist from WDIV-Local 4, will emcee the event. Tutman has chronicled a countless number of health care stories through the years and is a gifted presenter.

While fun is a focus of the night, the greater purpose is to enhance patient care all year – and beyond.

Money raised each year is designated for a specific use that directly improves patient care. Since Harvest Moon’s beginning, more than $1.5 million has been raised. Past recipients include the inpatient physical rehabilitation center, surgery center, emergency department, cardiovascular services and the patient needs fund.

The beneficiary of the 2017 ball is Oncology Services. The overall goal is to offer top of the line cancer care Henry Ford Wyandotte patients and support their families to even greater degrees. Guests’ and sponsors’ donations will:

  • Increase and provide greater access to infusion services
  • Design a peaceful area for patient and family support
  • Offer complementary medicine programs
  • Expand education resources and tools to help patients cope with daily living during treatment

    This year, like the past nine, grateful patients will share stories of how improvements made possible by donations helped them.

    At last year’s ball, Richard Volmerhausen, who was paralyzed by Guillain-Barre Syndrome and in ICU for a month before going to Henry Ford Wyandotte’s inpatient rehab center, recounted his experience from being unable to move to move to learning to sit up, get out of bed and function again – a process that bonded him and his caregivers until the day he walked again. Patient Linda Hoppenworth also grew close to her rehab team after Legionnaire’s Disease left her in a coma and paralyzed. At one point her chances of survival were 20-30 percent. She learned to feed herself again, sit up, stand, walk and drive again.

    Harvest Moon Ball is also a night to honor and hear the stories of outstanding physicians and community members.

  • The Gorno family receives the BASF Community Leadership Award for the time and generosity it’s put into a wide range of events and programs that support the hospital and community.
  • The Rosie Meyer Community Volunteer Award recognizes Daniel Rose, director of Orthotic and Prosthetic Services in Allen Park. He came to the hospital after a serious car accident at age 28 and after physical rehab and recovery went on to co-found an amputee clinic and help people across the community and country.
  • The Joseph L. Cahalan Physician Star of Excellence Award goes to physicians. Dr. Mohammed R. Al-Ansari, an influential leader who doesn’t shy away from an opportunity or challenge. He’s practiced medicine for 49 years and is respected leader, having been elected president of hospital staff twice and known for striving for the most excellent patient care. He shares the award with Dr. Dennis Lemanski, AKA “The People’s Doctor.” He is an always accessible advocate for patients, physicians and medical staff, whether he’s showing gratitude to employees at the holidays, making house calls or working with students.

Denise Brooks-Williams, president and CEO, Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital, expresses deep gratitude to guests and longtime sponsors, including platinum sponsors, Emergency Physicians Medical Group and Drs. Harris, Birkhill, Wang, Songe and Associates, P.C., longtime supporter BASF, Metropolitan Anesthesia Consultants and many others who have contributed through the years.

The generosity of Harvest Moon Ball supporters has impacted a countless number of patients and employees too,” Brooks-Williams says. “While many hours and much generosity goes into making this a special night each year, it’s what we do after the ball, when we put the proceeds into action for patients that’s most important. This support allows Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital to provide the Downriver community with the award-winning care day in and day out.”

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