Get Medieval at a charity ball in Port Clinton

“A Medieval Knight” is the theme of this year’s annual Magruder Hospital Auxiliary Charity Ball, which for nearly 60 years has drawn out the community to the popular Port Clinton Hospital fundraiser.
John Benson
Feb 21, 2013

“It’s the main fundraiser and this is our 59th event,” said Magruder Hospital Director of Marketing/Public Relations Elisabeth Brand. “Every year the theme changes and we also have different bands and different dinners. For example, this year we’re not having a dinner. We usually have a big dinner but this year we’re having a strolling supper, which is like heavy hors d’oeuvres.”

Want to go?
: 59th Annual Magruder Hospital Auxiliary Charity Ball
WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Catawba Island Club, 3026 NW Catawba Rd., Port Clinton
COST: $60 per person
INFO: 419-734-3131 Ext. 3105

She added, “We’re just trying to do something maybe different. This allows you more freedom instead of having to sit down for a formal dinner for a couple of hours.”

The hospital’s largest fundraiser of the year, the Auxiliary Charity Ball usually brings in somewhere between $25,000 and $30,000. This year’s funds are earmarked to go toward the ongoing renovation of the oncology clinic.

Previous event themes were the 1920s, a safari and a vineyard. Brand said normally the event attracts roughly 200 guests, who enjoy the food, fun and networking opportunities. There’s also the costume aspect, where people are free to dress in Medieval attire if they chose.

“It’s always a good time regardless of the theme but this time we will actually have knights in shining armor there, only not with people inside,” said Brand, who admitted she will not be dressing up as a queen or fair maiden. “We actually had a theater company donate those to us.”

It’s probably best no one is trapped in a suit of armor considering the amount of dancing that will be going on as local band The Junk, which performed at last year’s ball, will be playing throughout the evening.

“They’re a great band,” Brand said. “They just have a good following and a great musical style. They kind of cover a lot of decades so no matter how old or young you are, they’ll probably play something that is probably going to meet your taste.”

Brand is confident even those folks who never attended a Magruder Hospital Auxiliary Charity Ball in the past will find plenty of excitement for a memorable evening.

“It’s a fabulous time in a great venue,” Brand said. “There are a lot of great people, wonderful food and it’s in support of a great cause.”

The 59th annual Magruder Hospital Auxiliary Charity Ball takes place at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Catawba Island Club. Tickets are $60 per person (Brand said the event is close to selling out) and can be purchased at Bassett’s Market, Mary’s Blossom Shoppe, Magruder Hospital Gift Shop or National Bank of Ohio in Oak Harbor. Sponsorship information may also be downloaded from the hospital’s website, Questions regarding the event, tickets or donations, may be directed to Kerryn Lockhart at Magruder by calling 419-734-3131, ext. 3105.



I'd be hard pressed to eat $60 worth of hors d'oeurves but I'd bet some people can.