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Advance Women’s Healthcare and Celebrate the Traditions of the Season at the 28th Annual Poinsettia Ball

Date: 10/21/2019

Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital and presenting sponsor Machias Savings Bank invite the community to celebrate the traditions of the season at the 28th Annual Poinsettia Ball to benefit women’s healthcare, obstetrics, and maternity care.
Tickets are on sale now for this year’s Poinsettia Ball to be held December 7 at the Ramada Inn in Ellsworth. As the area’s premier annual holiday event and fundraiser, this year’s ball promises to be the can’t-miss event of the season. Join the list of more than 425 leaders and community supporters among the dazzling decorations that culminate with a stunning 16-foot tree beautifully decorated with poinsettias. Laugh and dine with friends over the generous buffet dinner provided by Chipper’s Restaurant and Catering, while meeting new acquaintances out on the dance floor to the sounds of the wildly popular Larry Williams Band.
The nearly $63,000 raised from last year’s event supported numerous advancements in specialized training for the Maine Coast Hospital obstetrics care team, like the Advanced Life Support Obstetrics training to fine tune skills that support mothers and babies in distress. “In addition to several opportunities for clinical education, our Obstetrics team has been able to invest in our equipment and technology to deliver care focused on the needs of each patient due the generosity of our community through the Poinsettia Ball,” says Emily Tolman, RN, MSN, Maine Coast Hospital director of Obstetrics and Quality.
Machias Savings Bank has been a partner of the Poinsettia Ball since the very first event. Contributing more than $125,000 over the ball's 28-year history, the bank has been a catalyst for community wellness. 
"The Poinsettia Ball is a true community event that supports a tradition of outstanding healthcare in the greater Ellsworth area," says Machias Savings Bank President and CEO Larry Barker. "It’s been inspiring to witness the growth of this event and our collective passion for the health of our community.” 
Sponsorship opportunities are still available. To sign up to sponsor the event or to purchase a ticket, please visit To learn more about volunteer opportunities at the Poinsettia Ball, please call 664-5548.
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