Healing through the Arts, Shore Medical Center partners with the Atlantic City Ballet to raise funds for care in our community

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(Somers Point, NJ – February 1, 2018) – Shore Medical Center is proud to announce a year-long partnership with the Atlantic City Ballet that will enhance the non-profit hospital’s efforts to raise funds in 2018. This partnership will allow Shore to incorporate the Ballet into three of its upcoming fundraising events, including the overwhelmingly successful annual “A Cause to Celebrate Gala” which has raised more than $1.5 million in its first three years for cancer care in our community.

“We are extremely grateful and appreciative of those who support the hospital, including donors and those who rely on Shore for their care. As a thank you, we are partnering the Atlantic City Ballet to bring this special experience to Somers Point and our annual gala,” said David Hughes, Development Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Shore Medical Center. “As a long time advocate and resident of Somers Point, I am also thrilled that we are offering residents the opportunity to experience ballet in their hometown.”

“We are delighted to be partnering with Shore Medical Center this year” said Phyllis Papa, Founding Artistic Director of Atlantic City Ballet. “By working together, our two organizations can deepen the shared commitment of offering our community the highest quality of life possible.”

The first event, “Dinner & a Dream,” will be held at Greate Bay Country Club in Somers Point on Thurs., May 10. This special evening will include dinner and a performance of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by the Atlantic City Ballet. One of Shakespeare’s best known comedies, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” blurs the line between magic and reality, leading to a night so fantastical you have to dream to believe it. Throw in feuding fairies and a troupe of bumbling actors, and you’ve got a sparkling comedy with something for everyone. Tickets are priced at $30 for Shore’s Stainton Society members and $50 for non-members. Proceeds from “Dinner & a Dream” will benefit maternity and pediatric services at Shore.

On Oct. 5, Shore’s “A Cause to Celebrate” black-tie optional gala returns to the Golden Nugget Casino in Atlantic City. Gala attendees will enjoy a performance of “Carmen” by the Atlantic City Ballet, with music performed by the Tamara deMent Gillece Quintet. The ballet and the live sounds of the violin, vibraphone, piano, upright bass and drums will add a level of sophistication to an already elegant evening. Tickets to “A Cause to Celebrate” are $250 per person, with proceeds benefitting Shore’s Cancer Center.

The third event will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at the annual “Tree of Lights” celebration. “Tree of Lights” is hosted by The Auxiliary of Shore Medical Center, and offers an opportunity for people to commemorate their loved ones in the Tree of Lights book with a memorial or honorary donation. The Atlantic City Ballet will offer a free performance in the lobby of Shore Medical Center as part of the ceremony.

Tickets to “Dinner & a Dream” and “A Cause to Celebrate” can be purchased online at shoremedicalcenter.org or by calling Doreen Gordon at 609.653.3527.  To learn more about honoring a loved one through the Auxiliary’s “Tree of Lights” celebration, call 609-653-4646.

About Shore Medical Center

At Shore Medical Center, located in Somers Point, NJ, kindness complements an extraordinary level of clinical sophistication. Shore Medical Center attracts the area’s best physicians, nurses and clinicians, and is the first and only hospital in New Jersey to earn Designation as a Planetree Patient-Centered Care Hospital®. Recognized for its dedication to patient safety, Shore has received seven consecutive “A” grades in The Leapfrog Group’s Hospital Safety Score since Fall 2014.  Shore Medical Center is home to six Centers of Excellence for Cancer, Cardiovascular, Neurosciences, Spine and Orthopedic, Emergency and Maternity and Pediatric care. Shore’s affiliations include Penn Medicine, Onsite Neonatal Partners, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Mayo Medical Laboratories, and Advanced Radiology Solutions. In addition, Shore is a member of the Jefferson Neuroscience Network and has physicians on staff from the Rothman Institute. For more information, visit www.ShoreMedicalCenter.org.

About the Atlantic City Ballet

Founded in 1982, by International Ballerina, Phyllis Papa, the Atlantic City Ballet serves as a prime artistic resource to the residents of Atlantic City and the surrounding areas. The company is comprised of professional dancers from around the world and has earned national acclaim for technical expertise and an exuberant stage presence. AC Ballet offers access to fully-staged performances by a highly skilled company of professional dancers and educational programs designed to fit the needs of a diverse student population. Their community outreach initiatives encourage appreciation of and participation in the art form. The Atlantic City Ballet honors the diversity of world cultures through the engagement of a multicultural company of professional dancers. Although their home base is in Historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, the Ballet has performed in theaters across the country, including a west coast tour in February of 2018. Their repertoire includes original interpretations of classics such as A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake but, Ms. Papa is most known for her innovative works such as Dracula, Caught Up In The Swing and her full length Carmen. Since its inception, the Atlantic City Ballet has served as one of the cultural treasures of New Jersey and continues a tradition of dance excellence for future generations of ballet audiences.