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Annual Charity Ball Benefits Addition of Safe Room at McLaren Bay Region

Published on Tuesday, November 07, 2017

The 60th annual Charity Ball will take place at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bay City Riverfront, downtown Bay City, on Saturday, December 2, 2017. The Charity Ball is sponsored by the McLaren Bay Region Auxiliary. Proceeds from this year’s event will be used to establish a Safe Room in McLaren Bay Region’s Emergency Department to safely observe and manage patients at risk for suicide.

From January – October 2017, McLaren Bay Region has already had 519 patients present with suicidal ideation. Based on this data, the hospital can expect at least one patient with suicidal thoughts at any given time. “These numbers have increased dramatically in the last few years,” said Dave Steele, Manager of Patient Care Services for the Emergency Department. “The dwindling number of available outpatient services has resulted in a larger number of these patient types having to visit emergency departments to seek care. Also, with the limited number of psychiatric inpatient hospitals statewide, patients are spending longer periods of time in the emergency departments.”

Jennifer Whyte, Manager of Patient Care Services for McLaren’s Behavioral Health Department, agrees that a safe room will help to better care for patients with thoughts of suicide. “Suicide is now the tenth leading cause of death in the United States,” Whyte said. “Although most suicides occur outside of healthcare facilities, many suicides occur every year within healthcare facilities. A safe room will provide the necessary requirements to safely take care of Behavioral Health patients who seek treatment in our ER.”

The theme of this year’s Charity Ball is “Diamonds are Forever.” The evening will begin with an open bar from 6:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. Dinner is at 7:30 p.m. and the Ball begins at 8:45 p.m. A silent auction for various gift baskets will also be held from 6:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. 

Charity Ball tickets are available for purchase at McLaren Bay Region’s Gift Shop and the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel. Ball and dinner ticket prices are:

  • Patron Couple - Open Bar, Dinner and Ball $250 
  • Couple - Open Bar, Dinner and Ball $200 
  • Single - Open Bar Dinner and Ball $100 
  • Patron Couple - Open Bar and Ball $200 
  • Couple - Open Bar and Ball $150 
  • Single - Open Bar and Ball $75 
  • Single Junior (30 and under) Open Bar and Ball $50

The evening’s music is provided by Newsmaker, and discounted room rates are available at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel. Please call (989) 891-6000 for room rates and availability.

Various levels of sponsorships are also available -- businesses or individuals interested in sponsorship may contact Cynthia Phares at 989-797-9040.