LAS VEGAS – Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada (VMSN), a volunteer-driven nonprofit organization dedicated to providing the uninsured with access to preventative and comprehensive medical care, cordially invites the public to attend the Fifth Annual Volunteers in Medicine Ball at The Venetian Las Vegas on Oct. 12. The fundraiser will honor community leaders who support VMSN’s distinct mission of providing charitable and accessible health care to members of the Southern Nevada community.
The black tie optional event starts at 6 p.m. in the Palazzo Ballroom with a cocktail hour and silent auction. Dinner, dancing and a live auction will follow.
The evening will be hosted by Dr. Parvin-Modaber Jacobs, along with VMSN President and CEO, Dr. Florence Jameson. World-class guitarist, Mike Rayburn, will emcee the event while entertaining guests with unique musical creations. The live auction will be led by 16-time Comedian of the Year, Buzz Sutherland, who is known for captivating audiences with his sharp humor and outrageous facial expressions.
Auction items available at the Fifth Annual Volunteers in Medicine Ball include: VIP tickets to a taping of the Dr. Phil Show!, a ski getaway to Heavenly Mountain Resort in Lake Tahoe.
At this year’s event, VMSN will honor Eric M. Hilton of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation for his outstanding community service. Hilton has shown unwavering support for VMSN’s mission since its inception and is credited as a founding contributor for the organization. His commitment to improving Southern Nevada’s health care community is demonstrated through a vast array of efforts including the formation of a medical coalition and the development of a health care feasibility study for Nevada.
“VMSN’s annual ball is a time to not only have fun, but to recognize the wonderful people who graciously contribute their time, services and funds to provide medical care for those in need in Southern Nevada ,” said Dr. Jameson. “Eric Hilton is a shining example of the compassion and commitment to community that’s needed to keep an organization like ours running.”
The Fourth Annual Volunteers in Medicine Ball was emceed by Las Vegas icon, Wayne Newton, and featured special performances by Golden Globe winning actress, Pia Zadora.
More than 550 guests attended last year’s fundraiser, including Sheldon Adelson, who provided a very generous $100,000 donation that benefited VMSN’s Paradise Park clinic. Irwin and Susan Molasky, Irais and Robert Kolesar, Clark County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani and former Las Vegas Mayor Jan Jones also attended the event.
“VMSN is an organization of neighbors helping neighbors and our annual ball is meant to be a celebration of the successes of our community,” said Dr. Jameson. “Each year, these critical funds raised at this event are used to help improve the health and vitality of our community members which ultimately creates a stronger Nevada.”
All proceeds raised during the Fifth Annual Volunteers in Medicine Ball will support VMSN’s operations in Southern Nevada. In 2012, VMSN saw more than 2,600 patients and managed more than 5,700 patient visits at its Paradise Park clinic. During that time, VMSN provided approximately $4 million in health care, using $1 million in donations.
In addition to VMSN’s current clinical operations, the organization’s goal is to develop and sustain multiple clinic sites with expanded services including mental health care, dental care and vision care. VMSN is in the midst of a comprehensive fundraising effort titled “The Florence Nightingale Capital Campaign” to open a downtown flagship clinic. The proposed site for the clinic is at Martin Luther King Boulevard and Madison Avenue on 1.34 acres of donated land and will provide 30,000 patient visits per year without limits or restrictions.
For more information, or to purchase a ticket to the event, contact the VMSN clinic at (702) 967-0530 ext. 215. Also visit VMSN’s event page on the web at vmsn.org/specialevents.
About Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada
Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada, a volunteer-run nonprofit organization, was founded in 2008 by a group of concerned citizens who wanted to find a way to provide access to health care to Southern Nevada’s working citizens. Its mission is to provide quality healthcare and support, in a culture of caring, to the working uninsured and unemployed residents in Southern Nevada. VMSN provides preventative health care in order to care for the neglected and unseen members of the community. It also helps prevent acute hospitalization, reducing hospital cost and decreasing taxpayer burdens. Learn more: www.vmsn.org