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October, 03 2009 - Maricopa Health Foundation's 2009 Copa Ball Gala

What: 2009 Copa Ball Gala

Where: Westin Kierland Resort & Spa

When: October 3, 2009

Time: 6:00 PM

Ticket Prices: $250

Beneficiary: Maricopa Health Foundation

Host(s): Maricopa Health Foundation

Honoree(s): Anne McHamara, PhD., RN (The Joey Ridenour, R.N. Nursing Excellence Award); Andy Myers, M.D. (The J. Kipp Charlton, M.D. Physician Excellence Award)

EMCEE: Jeff Simmons, Chairman, Maricopa Health Foundation

President(s): Tom McKinley

Introductions: Betsy Bayless, CEO, Maricopa Integrated Health System

Invocation: J. Kipp Charlton, M.D.

Welcome: Tom McKinley

Speaker: Special Guests: Christian and Stephanie Nielson

Entertainment: Guy Pennacchio, Frank Sinatra sound-alike

Of note: Christian and Stephanie Nielson were the stars of the night!!!

Sponsors: TITLE: CIGNA HealthCare of Arizona; PLATINUM: The Cowley Family Foundation, ESI Healthcare Solutions, Gammage & Burnham, MedPro Medical Professional Associates of Arizona, Mr. & Mrs. Philip Francis, University Physicians Health Plans (2); GOLD: Hospice of the Valley; SILVER: BlueCross BlueShield of Arizona, Community Tissue Services, Complete Rx, HDR Architecture Inc., Owens & Minor; BRONZE: Advanced Reimbursement Management, Amagine Communications, Betsey Bayless, Copper State Consulting Group, Grand Canyon University, Highground Public Affairs, Husk Partners, Mayo Clinic, MedPro, Miller LaSota & Peters PLC, NHI Billing, Orcutt Winslow, Owens & Minor, Ryley Carlock & Applewhite Attorneys, SDB Inc., Spray Systems Environmental, Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS, Susan Gerard, UA College of Medicine

Menu: SALAD: Baby arugula w roasted beets, goat chees crumbles and balsamic vinaigrette; ENTREE: Petit filet of beef w pinot noir butter paired w seafood cannelloni in lemon thyme cream, roasted green & white asparagus and baby carrots; AFTER PARTY: Variety of desserts and coffee

Attendance: 500

Attire: Black Tie or Black Tie Optional

Special Thanks: Keven Siegert, Producer/Media Artist for hsi outstanding video production featuring the honorees

Information: Judy Keane 602-568-7256

Event Coordinator: Judy Keane

Steering Committee: Judy Keane, Toni West, Fallon Haardt, Donna Andrews, Sarah Harper, Kristie Allen, Joyce Graham, Kim Maurseth, Gloria Aiston, Ana Hernandez, Victoria Chesenik, Curtis McFarland

Blacktie Photos by:

Jeff Simmons (Chairman, Maricopa Health Foundation), Tom McKinley (President, Maricopa Health Foundation)
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Maricopa Health Foundation's 2009 CopaBall Gala

On Saturday evening, October 3, 2009, 500 people attended one of the Valley’s most exciting, elegant and fun black-tie events, the 2009 CopaBall, at the Westin Kierland Resort.

Savoring the view and the cool breeze from the terrace at sundown made the evening even more special.

The CopaBall benefits the programs of the Maricopa Health Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Maricopa Integrated Health System.

Two of the most compassionate and well-deserving community members were honored for their outstanding service:  Anne McNamara, PhD., RN, recieved the Joey Ridenour, R.N. Nursing Excellence Award, and Andy Myers, M.D., received the J. Kipp Charlton, M.D., Physician Excellence Award. How privileged are we to have them in our community! 

The stars of the evening were Christian and his beautiful wife Stephanie Nielson.  "Thank you for saving my dear wife and me," said Christian. The Nielson's were in a fiery airplane crash August 18, 2008 and treated by outstanding members of the burn unit's MIHS team.  Everyone was excited to see and talk to them, and to hear about their progress and remarkable recovery.   

The evening ended in a 'blue environment' with desserts and coffee, mingling and dancing to crooner Guy Pennacchio.  If you closed your eyes, you'd think 'ole blue eyes was back.

The mission of Maricopa Health Foundation is to provide philanthropic support of Maricopa Integrated Health System’s patient care programs, medical education, research, and capital improvement projects that advance patient welfare and improve health in the community for the Valley’s underserved. 

Everyday, Maricopa Integrated Health System
focuses on improving the lives
of thousands of individuals
in Maricopa County.


For more information, call 602-568-7256.



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