Health Foundation

43rd Annual Night of Gold Ball Breaks Network Record

A new record was set at the 43rd Annual Night of Gold Ball in March with $605,000 raised for John C. Lincoln Health Network community and hospital programs.

 Don Slager, CEO of Republic Services, with his wife Kim
Don Slager, CEO of Republic Services, with his wife Kim, kicked off the Fund-A-Need paddle raiser by matching the first $30,000 in donations.

The funds raised at this event will go directly to life changing and life saving programs for our most vulnerable," said Marcia Mintz, John C. Lincoln Health Foundation CEO. "This year's exceptional philanthropic commitment and support of the Foundation will impact the lives of thousands of children and teens in our community. John C. Lincoln Health Foundation is grateful and honored to be the recipient of your philanthropy. Thank you for your continued trust and generosity."

Proceeds — a 10 percent increase from the previous year — will help save lives by supporting important programs throughout the John C. Lincoln Health Network, including the Level I Trauma Center at North Mountain, the Breast Health and Research Center, the Virginia G. Piper Center for Pediatric Excellence at Deer Valley, and Desert Mission community programs.

The Fund-A-Need paddle raiser raised 33 percent more than the previous year with $283,000 directed toward children's programs including emergency food, health and dental care, crisis prevention and pediatric emergency care.

Attendance at the March 24 event set a new record with more than 750 leaders in the business, professional and medical community coming together for a night at The Phoenician with the theme of "South Beach ... The Rhythm Is Going to Get You."

Cheryl Melocik served as chair of the ball, a spring tradition hosted by the John C. Lincoln Health Foundation Guild.

As the guest speaker, Don Slager, CEO of Republic Services, thanked Desert Mission and the Network for allowing the company to make a difference in the community through volunteerism and fundraising. He then kicked off the fund-a-need live auction with a pledge to match the first $30,000 raised.

Generous underwriters helped make the ball possible. Major event sponsors include:

  • Partners: Cardiovascular Consultants, Ltd.
  • Sustainers: Delta Dental of Arizona, Ensemble DevMan, John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Medical Staff, John C. Lincoln North Mountain Medical Staff, David and Joan Lincoln, Medical Diagnostic Imaging Group, Ltd. and W.D. Manor Mechanical Contractors, Inc.
  • Benefactors: APS, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, DPR Construction, Hyde Park, Independent Hospitalists and Alliance Medical Clinic, Juniper Networks, NetApp and Trace 3, JWA Consulting, North Phoenix Heart Center, North Mountain Radiology Group, Snell & Wilmer and Wells Fargo.

The Guild's next fund-raising event is the Lincoln Guild Invitational golf tournament coming up on Sept. 18. For more information, visit

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