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"Stars" set to shine at St. Mary Mercy 19th Annual Gala
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The dance floor will light up again at St. Mary Mercy Hospital’s 19th Annual Gala on Friday, October 7, with special guest performances by Dancing with the Stars pros Edyta Sliwinska and Alec Mazo! The annual black-tie preferred event themed “Dancing like the Stars” and emceed by well-known WXYZ-Channel 7 News Anchor JoAnne Purtan, will be held at the Laurel Manor Banquet and Conference Center in Livonia, benefitting the Generations Together Campaign which supports the hospital’s new South Pavilion construction project. The Gala is presented by Mr. & Mrs. William Phillips and Family - Phillips Service Industries, Inc.

Guests will enjoy the sophistication and excitement of this signature event with a gourmet dinner, dancing and music by the Mel Ball and Colours Band. This band has performed at many national premier engagements and high profile corporate events in Washington DC, New York, Miami and Las Vegas, as well as for the current, and past U.S. presidents.

“We’re absolutely thrilled that Edyta and Alec will be gracing the dance floor at our gala event. This evening will be filled with elegance and entertainment from start to finish,” said 2011 Gala Chair Dan Murphy, Managing Director- Investments, Senior PIM Portfolio Manager, Great Lakes Investment Group- Wells Fargo Advisors. “The dancers will add excitement to this already enjoyable night,” he said.

Proceeds from this year’s “Dancing like the Stars” Gala benefit the hospital’s new South Pavilion – an addition featuring all private rooms, a new state-of-the-art Emergency Center, as well as renovation of current semi-private patient rooms to private rooms.

“This project as a whole provides the latest technology and design for a healing environment – bringing healthcare in this community to the next level,” said David Spivey, president and CEO, St. Mary Mercy Hospital. “Guests of this gala will be part of the future of the hospital and enjoy a dynamic evening at the same time,” he said.

Individual and corporate sponsorship opportunities are available. Guest tickets are $125 per person. A portion of the ticket purchases are tax deductible. For tickets or sponsorship information, call the St. Mary Mercy Development Office at 734-655-2980, or visit for more information.

About the Pros

In 2005, Edyta Sliwinska appeared on the first season of Dancing with the Stars, one of the most popular shows on TV. Edyta is known for being the only professional dancer to appear on the first 10 seasons. Born in Poland, she became a successful ballroom dancer there and has achieved world-class status representing Poland on International competitions all over the world.

Alec Mazo has been involved in five seasons of Dancing with the Stars and is best known for being the winner of the first season with Kelly Monaco. He has toured with Dancing with the Stars and was featured in the fitness section of the show’s new book. He is a five-time U.S. National Finalist. Representing America at many international championships, Edyta and Alec met at a ballroom dance competition more than 10 years ago after Edyta moved to America to pursue her dance career, they have been successful partners ever since.