Dec. 4, 2002
CONTACT: Ron Podell


EMU students volunteer at St. Joseph's Mercy Ball
to aid pediatric care center

YPSILANTI - Approximately 100 Eastern Michigan University students are helping lay the groundwork for a "wonderful life" for children in the pediatric emergency care unit at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital of Ann Arbor. EMU students are constructing scenery reminiscent of the 1945 holiday classic, "It's A Wonderful Life," which is being used as the theme for this year's St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Holiday Ball. The 27th Annual Holiday Ball is scheduled Saturday, Dec. 7, 6 p.m.-midnight, at EMU's Convocation Center, 799 N. Hewitt Drive.

All monies raised will be donated to the hospital's pediatric emergency/urgent care unit, according to Kelly Timmons, special events manager for St. Joseph Mercy Hospital.

Communication and theatre art students will design and construct scenery to mirror the town of Bedford Falls, the backdrop for "It's A Wonderful Life." The Encore Theatre Troupe will act as strolling carolers and other students will play characters from the movie and act out scenes from the film. A portion of the EMU Marching Band also will perform.

EMU ROTC students will greet the ball's guests while EMU ambassadors will handle hospitality duties.

Jan Brandon, a member of the EMU Board of Regents, is chair of the ball. Pam Kirkpatrick, wife of EMU President Samuel A. Kirkpatrick, is the entertainment committee chair.

For more information, call 487-4400.