By Arvina Bennett, Huntsville Hospital Auxiliary
Dr. Jennifer MacMillan and her colleagues want their patients to receive the highest quality surgical care possible at MAHC. They have requested a new Sentinel Lymph Node detection device that will enable them to perform breast cancer surgery with a minimally invasive approach. Can’t Stop the Beat’s directors’ and cast donation of $12,500 will go a long way to make this purchase possible. The Hospital Foundation and Hospital Auxiliary will split the $60,000 cost so this equipment can be ordered immediately.
SNS Productions, Sherisse Stevens, Neil Barlow and Suzanne Baxter created another spectacular show at the Algonquin Theatre in support of the Huntsville Hospital Auxiliary. As always it was a crowd pleaser with outstanding performances by Parres Allen, Serge Charlebois, Kip Daynard, Tracy Hoehner, Nick Kulchar, Jennifer Strype, as well as a few newcomers to the Algonquin stage, Bridget Lougheed and young Selah Tate.
The medical community was well represented showcasing the hidden talents of Dr. Jennifer MacMillan, Dr. John Rea and Pharmacist Bill Coon who brought the house down with their humorous skit and fun song and dance routines.
As always, Neil’s first rate band, with Sherisse on piano, and Suzanne and Tracey Hoehner’s excellent choreography kept the beat moving. Under Sue Campbell’s direction, the Muskoka Dance Academy’s youthful exuberance was very entertaining. Paul Feist with Aussa Penniall had the house rolling in the aisles with his style of hilarious redneck comedy.
A number of people commented that the backdrop photos depicting hospital volunteers at work added to Sherisse and Tracy’s poignant and moving rendition of “For Good”.
Since 2010, Sherisse Stevens, Neil Barlow and Suzanne Baxter have generously donated their time and theatrical expertise to create five variety shows in support of the Hospital Auxiliary’s patient care and equipment purchases. They have been instrumental in raising an amazing $46,600! Over and above this amount, Tangerine Productions, Sherisse and Jenn Creasor, have donated proceeds from Calendar Girls, Nunsense, Steel Magnolias and The Odd Couple to the Hospital.
The Huntsville Hospital Auxiliary members would like to thank and applaud the difference these special people and their talented friends continue to make to our community through their years of commitment.
Besides their ongoing assistance to the Hospital Auxiliary, Sherisse, Neil, Suzanne and friends have dedicated shows to the Huntsville Hospital Foundation, Hospice Huntsville and many other community projects.
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