SHORT TAKES: Spectrum’s Charity Ball fulfills its mission


By Darrin Clark • Last Updated 12:07 pm on Monday, February 13, 2012

What an evening it was!

Saturday night was the occasion of the 10th annual Many Hearts One Mission Charity Ball, a fundraiser dedicated to life-enhancing facilities at Greenville’s Spectrum Health United Hospital. More than 400 people were on hand at the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in support of United Hospital’s new Heart and Vascular Center.

It was an evening to celebrate the presentation of the 2012 Fred and Lena Meijer Spirit of Caring Award to William T. “Bill” Ham, and to once again honor and appreciate the life of Fred Meijer, the driving force behind so much good in the area.

The Charity Ball is but one of the many area events that give us pause to acknowledge and honor the many people — our friends and neighbors — who continually give time, effort and treasure to make our community a better place to live.

Bill Ham exemplifies the very spirit of the Spirit of Giving Award. In his ever-unassuming way, he has with good cheer given his time selflessly to innumerable local projects. When he senses a need, he steps to the counter. He would also easily contend if the award were for the spirit of modesty.

The overwhelming beauty of an evening like Many Hearts One Mission is that it brings together a community of caring people for a special night to share an evening of fun and giving. It also renews old friendships and forges new ones with like-minded people wanting to share in making life better for all of us.

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You’ve only got two more chances to catch the undefeated Greenville Yellow Jacket basketball team in home regular season contests.

Tuesday, the Jackets take on Forest Hills Central and Friday they  will entertain the Lowell Red Arrows. The Greenville team is 16-0 for the season, and has clinched a tie for the O-K White Conference title. Tuesday’s game starts at 7 p.m., while Friday’s activities with Lowell start at 6 p.m. with the girls varsity squads, followed immediately by the boys.

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