Oakwood Red Tie Ball surpasses fundraising goal again

Photo courtesy of Oakwood Healthcare Inc.
Carla O’Malley, executive director and president of the Oakwood Foundation, displays the final tally from the Oakwood Red Tie Ball.

DEARBORN — The ninth annual Oakwood Red Tie Ball, sponsored by the Inge A. Rose trust in honor of Dr. George Hnatiuk, surpassed its fundraising goal again this year.

About 430 attendees, along with the event sponsors, generated $415,000 at the fundraiser, which took place April 12 at the Fox Theatre in Detroit. The funds will once again go to support the Oakwood Center for Exceptional Families and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

“We truly appreciate the generosity shown by everyone who took part in this exceptional event,” said Carla O’Malley, executive director and president of the Oakwood Foundation. “The overwhelming response from our supporters allows Oakwood to continue to provide the highest quality care to these special children and their families and to be able to give more tomorrows through these vital programs.”

Attendees also had an opportunity to enjoy performances by a Diana Ross and the Supremes tribute group.

The NICU cares for about 400 premature and at-risk infants annually — and many of them require long-term medical care, therapy or other support. The Center for Exceptional Families provides care for more than 3,000 children with special needs — and their families — throughout southeast Michigan. It is a nationally-recognized facility providing services of all sorts, from medical care to physical therapy, support groups and more, under one roof.

Proceeds from the Red Tie Ball will help secure state-of-the-art equipment, provide advanced clinician training and offer family support, including medical visits and specialized programs. A portion will also benefit an endowment fund.

For highlights and photos from the event, go to www.oakwood.org/foundation.