Citizens Memorial Hospital/Citizens Memorial Health Care Foundation’s 15th annual Burgundy Ball is set for 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at the University Plaza Convention Center, 333 S. John Q. Hammons Parkway, Springfield.

Country music singer-songwriter Jo Dee Messina will headline the event.

Proceeds from the event support programs and services for patients and their families at the Carrie J. Babb Cancer Center at CMH, including the Tremain Family Hospitality House, located across from CJBCC.

For more information about the CMH Burgundy Ball, contact Wren Hall, director of community relations at CMH, at 328-6318 or go to

About Burgundy Ball entertainer Jo Dee Messina

According to a CMH news release, Jo Dee Messina is a seasoned veteran in the music industry, “always evolving and reintroducing herself and her sound as she gains new experiences in life.”

Jumpstarting her career, Messina’s breakout song, “Heads Carolina, Tails California,” made her a household name. Following the success of her debut, Messina posted nine No. 1 hits, 16 Top 40 songs, sold more than 5 million albums worldwide and was honored by the Academy of Country Music Awards, Country Music Association Awards and Grammy Awards.  

About Carrie J. Babb Cancer Center

In addition to medical oncology, hematology and radiation oncology, support services are available at CJBCC. These services include social services, nutritional services, massage therapy, breast prosthetic fittings, patient resource library, support groups and a variety of programs such as Look Good Feel Better, Reach to Recovery and others provided by the American Cancer Society.

CJBCC is staffed by Leo Shunyakov, M.D., board certified in medical oncology, hematology and internal medicine and board certified radiation oncologists Garry Brown, D.O., M.S., and Claudia Perez-Tamayo, M.D.

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