Kingsport, TN

Night of Hope and Miracles Gala Returns, Benefiting Niswonger Children’s Hospital Expansion

John M. Dabbs

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. — In an enchanting ski resort-themed evening, the Ballad Health Foundation is set to host its annual Night of Hope and Miracles gala on December 2nd at the MeadowView Conference Resort and Convention Center in Kingsport. Starting at 6 p.m., the festive event aims to support healthcare advancements in the Appalachian Highlands, particularly benefiting the Niswonger Children’s Hospital.

Transforming the venue into a luxurious ski village, the gala promises a night of holiday-themed cocktails, a silent auction, and an array of delicious food. Guests will be able to explore an experience room highlighting the future plans for Niswonger Children’s Hospital, showcasing equipment used daily in the neonatal intensive care unit.

Jack Simpson, the president of Ballad Health Foundation, expressed excitement about the return to Kingsport and the immersive ski village setup. He emphasized the effort put into creating a memorable and engaging experience for attendees.

The event is not just about entertainment; it is crucial to community support. "Every dollar raised from this event goes right back to the community, to the children’s hospital that we are so fortunate to have in the Appalachian Highlands,” said Simpson.

In addition to the gala, the event will reveal the winners of the Ballad Health Niswonger Children’s Network raffle, courtesy of Champion Chevrolet of Johnson City, with prizes including a 2023 Chevrolet Colorado.

The gala also serves to honor healthcare advocates with the 2023 Inspire Award. This year, local business owners Barbara Allen and Gary and Marilynn Peacock are the recipients, recognized for their significant contributions to healthcare in the region.

Proceeds from the gala will directly support the expansion of Niswonger Children’s Hospital. The planned expansion includes the J.D. Nicewonder Family Perinatal and Pediatric Institute, which provides specialized care for children with complex medical needs and ensures access to quality healthcare for families in the region.

Chris Jett, CEO of the Niswonger Children’s Network, highlighted the importance of community support in realizing these healthcare advancements. “We have a lot of exciting things on the horizon, and events like these serve as a reminder that the community is behind us 100%,” he stated.

Tickets for the Night of Hope and Miracles event are available, with individual tickets priced at $150 and VIP tables at $1,600. The event's details and further information about the Niswonger Children’s Hospital renovation and expansion are available online.

Ballad Health, the organizing body of the gala, is a prominent health improvement organization in the Appalachian Highlands, serving a vast region focusing on addressing health-related social needs and investing in the community's well-being.

For more information about the Night of Hope and Miracles gala and to support the cause, visit the Ballad Health Foundation website.


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