A trip to another continent and culture highlighted Tuality Healthcare’s 29th annual Dinner Dance on Saturday night at the Tuality Healthcare Education Center in Hillsboro.
The event’s theme – A Night in Bollywood – was evident in the Indian attire, food and music at the sold-out event. Many women wore traditional Indian dresses called Saris; men wore long coats and trousers called Sherwanis. Food provided by caterer Food in Bloom had a decidedly spicy Indian flair. And, the night’s featured music supplied by renowned DJ Prashant had attendees trying out new moves on the dance floor.
The event raises funds for medical equipment and community health education programs and classes at Tuality Healthcare. The 29th annual event was a sellout with almost 200 attendees and raised almost $70,000 for the hospital.
The events’ Bollywood theme has its roots in the Indian film industry, which showcases song-and-dance music in cinema. The name Bollywood is actually a compilation of the Indian city of Bombay (now called Mumbai) and Hollywood and reflects a distinctive style of cinema.
“We wanted to try something a little different,” said Cece Clitheroe, director of the Tuality Healthcare Foundation. “We’ve received lots of positive feedback about the event. It really did turn into a magical evening.”
The evening began with cocktails and conversation. Then, Clitheroe and Tuality’s new CEO, Manny Berman, welcomed guests and thanked them for their support of Tuality Healthcare. Other greetings were delivered by Mark Rosenbaum, incoming Tuality Healthcare board chairman and managing partner of presenting sponsor Rosenbaum Financial, and Randy Bateman, board chairman of the Tuality Healthcare Foundation.
Then it was on to a sampling of Indian dinner dishes – Chicken Makhani, Kashmiri Lamb Stew and Paneer Makhani – prepared by caterer Food in Bloom.
The night’s music featuring Bollywood-style Indian pop music displayed on video screens throughout the Tuality Healthcare Education Center Auditorium closed out the event. DJ Prashant even managed to teach some of the attendees the finer points of Bollywood dance.
“I would like to thank all of our sponsors and those in attendance for making this a night to remember,” Clitheroe said. “I would especially like to thank presenting sponsor Rosenbaum Financial and platinum sponsors Frontier Communication, Henningsen Cold Storage and law firm Keating, Jones & Hughes, P.C.”