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Rialzo VII to "shoot for the stars"

Oct 14

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015  RssIcon

If you've ever wanted to visit the moon, Meridian Health Services' annual fundraising gala might make you feel like you're there.

Rialzo VII, "Shooting for the Stars" is set for Saturday April 9, 2016 at 5:30 p.m.

To go along with the upcoming event's theme, MHS announced Wednesday the headlining band: "Party on the Moon."

America's top touring party band has performed at President Obama's inauguration, four of Donald Trump's New Year's Eve parties and New York Giants' quarterback Eli Manning's wedding.

Also announced Wednesday, the annual event's dress code theme will be "Blue Moon."

Scott Smalstig, vice president of development at MHS, said the dress code theme was announced six months early so women can have enough time to find the right dress.

"We want to be really unique and different," he said. "It's just fun that we try to make it something people look forward to every year."

MHS' annual fundraising gala is centered on raising money for a certain purpose.

Rialzo VII is all about raising money for Meridian Scholarships, including funding for senior level undergraduate and graduate internships and "brain gain" in Delaware County and Indiana.

"It's a great cause, it's a big partner for Meridian," Smalstig said. "We call it our community collaboration."

Nearly 1,000 people have attended the past two Rialzo events to support the health and well-being of members of the Muncie community.

"The goal is to make communities healthier. This is one event that helps us do that," said Beth Clark, vice president of marketing at MHS. "A lot of what we provide is for a large number of patients, nearly 30,000. We don't turn people away."

Rialzo VII will be held again this year at Horizon Convention Center, but guests can have some fun before the event by attending a pre-party at downtown's Courtyard Marriott.

"Every year we want this to be fresh, a little bit different for our guests," Clark said.

Tickets to Rialzo VII can be purchased here.

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