An Evening with "The Nutcracker"

December 19 Ballet Event to Benefit Scripps Cancer Center

San Diego – Through the generosity of California Ballet Company, Mercy Hospital Foundation presents a special evening with “The Nutcracker,” on Dec. 19, 2008, to benefit Scripps Cancer Center at Scripps Mercy Hospital. The event will begin with an exclusive VIP reception at the Westgate Hotel, followed by The Nutcracker performance at the San Diego Civic Theater.

All proceeds will be matched by Richard and Kaye Woltman through their $1 million challenge grant to support the expansion plans for Scripps Cancer Center at Scripps Mercy Hospital. Tickets are now available by calling 858-678-6393.

Tickets donated to cancer patients

California Ballet has also donated tickets that will be offered to Scripps Cancer Center patients, providing them with an opportunity to enjoy the holiday tradition and assist in the healing process. Since the partnership began three years ago, nearly 500 Scripps Cancer Center patients and their families have enjoyed the evening and experienced the magic of The Nutcracker.

“The arts, especially music and dance, are an important part of celebrating the holiday season,” says Scripps Mercy oncologist William Stanton, M.D. “They are especially important to those who have been touched by cancer, giving joy and beauty which can only help to heal.”

The topic of healing through art is emerging in the field of health care and many experts have suggested it may play an important role in the healing process. Art therapy is not considered an alternative to traditional medicine, but rather complementary care that will improve the quality of life.

“Scripps Cancer Center at Scripps Mercy Hospital is especially grateful to California Ballet Company for their kindness in helping us and our patients," adds Dr. Stanton.

With more than 300 affiliated physicians, Scripps Cancer Center is a nationally accredited cancer network program. The Scripps Cancer Center seeks to provide the best possible diagnosis and treatment for patients by coordinating medical expertise in the areas of clinical cancer care, community outreach and clinical, translational and basic research.

About Scripps Health

Founded in 1924 by philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps, Scripps Health treats nearly a half-million patients annually through the dedication of 2,600 affiliated physicians and 12,800 employees spread across five acute-care hospital campuses, home health care services, and an ambulatory care network of clinics, physician offices and outpatient centers.

California Ballet Company’s The Nutcracker is accompanied by the San Diego Symphony. Performances of the holiday favorite begin Dec. 19, 2008, with additional performances running thru Dec. 23, 2008.

Contact: Laura Dennison
Phone: 858-678-7171
E-mail: dennison.laura@scrippshealth.org