LEWISTON – Central Maine Medical Center’s 9th Annual Spring Gala, which continues to shine the spotlight on children, will be held Saturday, March 19, at the Kora Temple on Sabattus Street.

Themed “It’s a Small World … Kids Helping Kids,” the combination dinner/dance is a fund-raiser for the hospital’s Pediatric Services Endowment Fund. Over the years, the event has raised $132,000.

The first charity concert ball, as it was known in 1892, originated with the Woman’s Hospital Association. In 1997, the spring gala was revitalized by that association. Two years later, the CMMC Associates joined the Woman’s Hospital Association in the planning and organization of the charity event.

Last September, a communitywide contest was held among fourth-graders to create the artwork to be used in publicity for the spring gala. The winner was Natalie Rousseau, who attends Pettingill School. The children’s artwork will be displayed during a social hour beginning at 5:30 p.m. A four-course dinner will follow at 6:30 p.m., with dancing and entertainment at 8 p.m. Music and entertainment will be provided by Jim Ciampi and the Manhattan Nine Dance Band.

Tickets are $75 per person; $725 for a table of eight with a sponsorship sign and program listing. The dress code is formal. For more information, contact the hospital’s Development Office at 795-2957.

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