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Annual Turquoise Ball raises $100,000 for nurses

Annual Turquoise Ball raises $100,000 for nurses

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Turquoise Ball 2019

Turquoise Ball guests participate in a paddle raise for nursing programs at the 2019 Turquoise Ball, held Dec. 7. 

Northern Arizona Healthcare Foundation’s 59th annual Turquoise Ball, held Dec. 7 with more than 500 attendees, raised $100,000 for the nursing profession at Northern Arizona Healthcare.

The ball is the Foundation’s largest fundraising event of the year and the longest running annual gala in northern Arizona. All proceeds are used to improve patient care and community health.

During the program, the Foundation named Rick and Darlene Rokosz as its 2019 Philanthropists of the Year for their work in managing Project K.I.A.N., which donates stuffed animals for pediatric patients at Flagstaff Medical Center, as well as funding the Rokosz Excellence in Nursing Scholarship.

Additionally, Bob and Alice Gagnaire were named the Foundation’s 2019 Volunteers of the Year for their volunteering efforts at Foundation fundraising events for more than 30 years.

Turquoise Ball Award Recipients

Northern Arizona Healthcare Foundation’s 2019 Volunteers of the Year and Philanthropists of the Year.

From L-R: Bob Gagnaire and Alice Gagnaire, Northern Arizona Healthcare Foundation 2019 Volunteers of the Year; Darlene Rokosz and Rick Rokosz, Northern Arizona Healthcare Foundation 2019 Philanthropists of the Year

“We are very grateful for the generosity of the attendees and sponsors who help us to improve patient care through investing in continuing education for nurses at Northern Arizona Healthcare,” said Rick Smith, Northern Arizona Healthcare Foundation president and CEO. “The Turquoise Ball is about celebrating our healthcare system and spotlighting the amazing people and initiatives that support patient care. We appreciate everyone who helped make this year’s event a tremendous success.”

For more information about Northern Arizona Healthcare Foundation visit


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