New event celebrates medical professionals while raising money

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Shelly Birkelo
Tuesday, December 3, 2013

JANESVILLE—Blackhawk Technical College and UW-Rock County foundations will inject some fun into the community after creating a new partnership to co-host a Friday, Jan. 10, celebration and fundraiser.

YOU Call the Shots!, an evening out for health care professionals, is planned for 5 to 8 p.m. at the Janesville Country Club, 2615 W. Memorial Drive.

The event is two-fold, said Kelli Cameron, director of BTC's Foundation and Alumni Association.

It's to raise money for health care students at Blackhawk Tech and UW-Rock. It also is an opportunity to celebrate the health care professionals, whether they are doctors, dentists, medical assistants or nurses.

"This is our chance to celebrate all of them--everybody who helps keep our community healthy," she said.

The event, which will feature live music, raffles, door prizes plus an appetizer and dessert buffet, is intended to showcase hospitals, dental clinics and orthodontic clinics in Rock and Green counties, Cameron said.

"This is about a partnership of our community health care organizations and our two educational institutions coming together to showcase how we can partner as well," she said.

You Call the Shots! also is a way to honor people who don't get a lot of recognition, Cameron said.

"These are people who help us day in and day out, all times of the day, every day of the week and every holiday. We count on them to be there for us. So this is a chance for them to celebrate each other and for us to appreciate them," she said.

Residents can nominate health care professionals for the Heroes in Health Care Award. Three awards will be given on the night of the event. First and second runners-up will receive $100, and the top winner will receive $500.

"The Heroes in Health Care Award recognizes individuals who are making a significant impact on the quality of health care in Rock and Green counties," Cameron said.

Peers can recognize colleagues who make workplaces nicer and who make a difference in the community, she said.

Nominations “will provide some great stories about who we are and how we help each other in our communities,” Cameron said.

"There's just so much wealth here when it comes to the health-care industry," Cameron said.

"Maybe this is the new Rock County--a region for health care development. We have to be open to those ideas and appreciate those people so they want to live, work and stay here," she said.

Organizers are hoping 250 people attend. A sell-out crowd would be 300.

"It is open for everybody," Cameron said. "So bring your family and friends to this celebration that will be a great way to start the New Year."

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