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HRRMC Foundation Jewel Ball to be held Sept. 30

The HRRMC Foundation will host their thirteenth annual Jewel Ball on Saturday, Sept. 30, 5 - 9:30 p.m., at the Chaffee County Fairgrounds. The theme for this year’s fundraiser is “Romancing the Stone: A Travel Back to the 1920s.”

Tickets are available for sale at $50 per person and table sponsorships are $750. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling Foundation Director Kimla Robinson at (719) 530-2218. The deadline for ticket sales is Monday, Sept. 11.

There will be live and silent auctions, a wine pull, and a raffle for a 2.68-carat citrine pendant. Music and dancing begins at 8:30 p.m. with prizes for best dressed and best dancing. Dinner will be catered by Variations Catering and live dinner music provided by David Tipton, who plays the Chapman Stick.

Dr. David and Peg Arnett will be formally inducted into the HRRMC Hall of Fame, which recognizes individuals who have made an enduring commitment to quality health care in the Upper Arkansas Valley. Previous inductees into the Hall of Fame include Charles Forster, Dr. Thomas Sandell, Dr. William Mehos, the HRRMC Auxiliary, and Robert Rush.

Peg Arnett, R.N., B.S.N., has worked in health care for 45 years and been employed by the hospital for the past 34 years. She created the hospital’s Education Department and currently serves as education director. From 2001-2009, she directed the student nursing program at HRRMC, which awarded associate degrees in nursing through Trinidad State Junior College and Colorado Mountain College. She was also instrumental in starting home health services in 1985 and hospice in 1988. Beyond the Salida Hospital District, Peg has traveled on 17 mission trips to deliver health care to underprivileged communities worldwide.

Dave Arnett, M.D., has practiced family medicine in Salida since 1979, when he founded Salida Family Medicine. He went on to open community clinics in Saguache and Coaldale in the 1980s. Dr. Arnett believes in providing outreach to rural communities and the need to deliver quality health care to underserved Coloradans.

A member of the HRRMC medical staff since 1979, he also serves as a preceptor to University of Colorado School of Medicine medical students. Dr. Arnett served as chief of staff at HRRMC from 2009-2011, and was awarded the Colorado Rural Health Center’s “Rural Health Excellence Award” in 2011 for his “extraordinary contribution to providing healthcare in rural Colorado.”

Proceeds from this year's Jewel Ball will be dedicated to the purchase of an infant warmer with an oxygen/air blender for our Family Birthing Center.

Call the Foundation office at (719) 530-2218 for more information or to purchase tickets.