Community Leaders Organize The Pink Tie Masquerade Ball


October brings the beauty of fall leaves and carved pumpkins along with the traditional Halloween celebration where children wear masks and go door-to-door asking for treats. On October 16, community leaders—Middlesboro ARH Hospital, Air Evac Lifeteam, Middlesboro Mall and First State Financial will begin a new local tradition called The Pink Tie Masquerade Ball, where adults wear classic masquerade masks and give donations to Susan G. Komen for breast cancer research and education.

“Over the past several years, Middlesboro ARH Hospital has taken the lead in raising awareness of the importance of breast cancer screenings by organizing events like the Breast Cancer Survivor’s Tree Lighting, Think Pink, Lunch & Learn Goes Pink, special $50 mammograms scheduled in October and Paint the Mall Pink,” said Elaine L. Smith, Event Chair for The Pink Tie Masquerade Ball and Middlesboro ARH Community and Patient Advocate. “This year we are taking our fundraising to the next level and organizing a masquerade ball to benefit cancer research and education.”

Guests will enjoy a masquerade evening of great food prepared by Chef Jeffrey Mason at Pine Mountain State Resort Park and dancing under pink glowing lights to music by their favorite artists provided by professional DJ Jonathan Fannin who is also a Program Director for Air Evac Base 114.

Other activities during the evening will include voting for the best female and best male masks with awards given to winners. For only a $5 donation, guests also can have their portraits taken at the Masquerade Ball and receive a 4X6 photo before the close of the event.

Several local businesses already have given generous donations to show their support for The Pink Tie Masquerade Ball fundraiser. They include (in alpha order) Douglas Law Office, PLLC; Gap! Publishing, LLC; Justin Mays State Farm Insurance and Pine Mountain State Resort Park.

“These businesses have joined with the event organizers in order to insure The Pink Tie Masquerade Ball fundraiser is a great success,” noted Smith. “We applaud them for their generous support.” 

According to Susan G. Komen Lexington, Middlesboro ARH Hospital, being a non-profit, will be eligible to seek grant money from their organization in November. The grant money will help local women needing assistance with mastectomy products, additional screenings, wigs and gas cards for traveling to treatments.

“By supporting The Pink Tie Masquerade Ball, you are not only donating to breast cancer research and education, you are helping local women in our Tri-State community,” said Smith. “Even if your schedule doesn’t permit you to attend the Ball, please consider donating to this worthy cause.  Every dollar you donate makes a difference!”

The Pink Tie Masquerade Ball will be held in the C. V. Whitney Convention Center at Pine Mountain State Resort Park on Friday, October 16. Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. This event is for adults--men wear black suits with black or pink ties and women wear black or pink long dresses (cocktail dresses acceptable), and please don’t forget your mask for the masquerade ball. However if you do, we will be selling a few masks at the door.

Tickets are $50 each and are being sold in advance (no ticket sales at the door). Contact Amanda Webb, Finance Chair for The Pink Tie Masquerade Ball and Loan Officer at First State Financial, at 606.269.8478 to purchase tickets. Contact Elaine Smith at 606.242.1222 for more information or to become a sponsor. Like us on Facebook at


Event Organizers

Middlesboro ARH Hospital

Middlesboro ARH Hospital was the first Kentucky hospital to open in the Appalachian Regional Healthcare system on November 12, 1955. Celebrating its 60th Diamond Anniversary in November, Middlesboro ARH Hospital is rated a Four Star Hospital by the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services.

ARH is a not-for-profit health system serving 350,000 residents across Eastern Kentucky and Southern West Virginia. Operating 10 hospitals, multi-specialty physician practices, home health agencies, HomeCare Stores and retail pharmacies, ARH is the largest provider of care and single largest employer in southeastern Kentucky and the third largest private employer in southern West Virginia.

The ARH system employs nearly 5,000 people and has a network of more than 600 active and courtesy medical staff members representing various specialties. Firmly committed to its mission of improving the health and promoting the well-being of all people in Eastern Kentucky and Southern West Virginia, in the past 12 months alone, ARH provided nearly $142.8 million in uncompensated care for the uninsured and underinsured.

Air Evac Lifeteam

Air Evac Lifeteam, Middlesboro Base, has been serving the Middlesboro, Pineville and Bell County community since April 2003.

Air Evac EMS, Inc., which operates Air Evac Lifeteam, is the largest independently owned and operated membership-supported air medical service in the United States. With more than 115 mutually supporting air medical bases across 15 states, the company is the preeminent provider of helicopter emergency medical services to communities in need of advanced emergency healthcare and rapid medical transport.

Air Evac Lifeteam was founded in August 1985 with a single helicopter and an unwavering dedication to providing access to medically underserved communities. Today, the company remains dedicated to its 100 percent community-based model, serving those most in need.

Middlesboro Mall

Middlesboro Mall is an enclosed shopping mall in Middlesboro, Kentucky, on U.S. Route 25E. It includes over 26 stores and services. Anchor stores are Belk, JCPenney and Roses and a cinema owned by Carmike Cinemas.

Ershig Properties, Inc. is a regional commercial real estate development and management company. The Company was formed in 1979 as a Kentucky C-Corporation with Don R. Ershig as the sole stockholder. During the first decade of operations the Company focused its activities on developing and selling commercial real estate. The Company now owns and manages 25 retail shopping centers plus numerous and diversified free standing commercial developments in the southeast region. The majority of the Company's current growth is from acquiring second generation shopping centers mainly from institutional clients. Within the last few years various Limited Liability Companies have been formed, that are now used to acquire and own investment properties. All properties are managed from the company home office except where on site managers and maintenance personnel are required.

First State Financial

Legacy that began116 years ago with George H. Reese is continued today through members of the Reese family and the entire First State Financial family. First State Financial is more than just a bank and more than just bankers. We are a part of this community and giving back to the community members is important to us.

First State Bank was the original name of First State Financial. We exist in large part due to the vision and endeavors of George H. Reese. A casual remark made on the streets of Pineville during the troublesome days of the early 1930's characterizes the life of Mr. Reese. Pointing toward the bank a citizen said, "Nothing will ever happen to that bank because it is backed by George Reese." No bank could ask for more sincere or conscientious backing than this.

The life of the bank and the life of Mr. Reese paralleled one another. During its early history, First State Bank was often referred to as Mr. Reese's Bank. Many depositors brought their savings from their homes in the hills and valleys around Pineville to the bank solely because of the reputation of George Reese. He viewed banking as a profession rather than just a way to make a living. He guarded his reputation diligently by confining his business activities to the task of running his bank. This policy prevented many profitable pursuits, yet it was paramount in preserving the integrity of First State Bank as an institution.

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