The 24th Annual Sierra Silver Ball |

The 24th Annual Sierra Silver Ball

Special to The Union

Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital (SNMH) Foundation presents the 24th Annual Sierra Silver Ball at the Alta Sierra Country Club on Saturday Nov. 7. This elegant gala event celebrates the 25th Anniversary of Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation and is chaired by Crin Stanford and Sharon Gebur. All event proceeds benefit vital projects and programs at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital.

“The Silver Ball is not only a fabulous event, but it is an incredible opportunity for our community to support our local hospital,” said Kimberly Parker, Executive Director of Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation. “Silver Ball nets approximately $20,000 for hospital projects that otherwise might not be funded.”

Beginning at 6 p.m. with martini and oyster bars and hors d’oeuvres, guests will enjoy a gourmet dinner by candlelight as Alta Sierra Country Club is transformed into a Sierra silver wonderland.

Stucki Jewelers will give away a special silver necklace and bracelet set as a door prize. The Hospital Foundation Board of Directors will introduce Grass Valley resident Milda Leiter, the 2009 Curtis Grimes Perpetual Award recipient. Since 1987, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation has recognized those who exhibit outstanding volunteer leadership in advancing healthcare for Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital and the Hospital Foundation with our highest honor, the Curtis Grimes award.

Curtis Grimes was instrumental in creating the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation. “Milda exemplifies the meaning of the Curtis Grimes Award,” said Pamela Comstock, past executive director of the SNMH Foundation and creator of the Curtis Grimes Award. Through Curtis Grimes’ efforts, the Foundation is able to provide necessary financial backing to support the quality-care Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital provides the community.

“The Hospital Foundation and its Board of Directors are extremely proud to honor Milda Leiter for her extraordinary dedication, hard work and volunteer leadership to the Hospital Foundation,” said Parker. “Even though she is no longer on the board, Milda continues to be active in Foundation activities.”

“Curtis’ wife Thies, Morgan Stoltz, Pam Comstock and others wooed me onto the Board of Directors,” said Milda Leiter. Leiter, 91, joined Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation Board of Directors in 1996 and held office as the secretary and participated in the endowment committee before retiring from the board in 2002. Leiter also chaired Silver Ball and hosted many events for the Hospital Foundation. “I firmly believe that if you are going to thrive in a community that you must support your local hospital,” said Leiter.

Throughout the evening guests will enjoy the music of SoLS. The band consists of Doug Sowell (vocals), Tim Sullivan (guitar), Steve Liserra (drums), Ben Hannebrink (bass), Evert Palmer (guitar) and Patsy Hannebrink (keyboard). “Each member has their own unique musical history and truly enjoys each other’s company. We hope it shows through the fun that we have playing and making good music together,” said Ben Hannebrink. Doug and Steve go back to 1972 when both were members of “Sondance” a band that gained Bay Area fame in the early 1970’s. All band members share a desire to play great music from a variety of styles that everyone can enjoy.

Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation’s mission is “To nurture the spirit of generosity and volunteerism of the community, we focus our philanthropic efforts in fostering quality healthcare of the highest standards for Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital.”

For more information on the foundation, its activities, or to make a donation, please call (530) 477-9700.

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