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Community Care Hospice

1669 Rombach Ave.
Wilmington, OH 45177
Phone: 937.382.5400
Fax: 937.383.3898

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Ohio's Community Mercy Hospice

1830 N. Limestone St.
Springfield, OH 45503
937.390.9665

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Ohio's Hospice at United Church Homes

Chapel Hill
12200 Strausser St. NW
Canal Fulton, OH 44614
330.264.4899

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Ohio's Hospice at United Church Homes

200 Timberline Dr. #1212
Marietta, OH 45750
740.629.9990

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Ohio's Hospice LifeCare

1900 Akron Rd.
Wooster, OH 44691
330.264.4899

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Ohio's Hospice Loving Care

779 London Ave.
Marysville, OH 43040
937.644.1928

Ohio's Hospice of Butler & Warren Counties

Ohio's Hospice of Butler & Warren Counties

5940 Long Meadow Dr.
Middletown, OH 45005
513.422.0300

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Ohio's Hospice of Dayton

324 Wilmington Ave.
Dayton, OH 45420
937.256.4490
1.800.653.4490

Ohio's Hospice of Central Ohio

Newark

2269 Cherry Valley Rd.
Newark, OH 43055
740.788.1400

Inpatient Care Center

1320 West Main St.
Newark, OH 43055
740.344.0379

Ohio's Hospice of Central Ohio at
The Ohio State University
Wexner Medical Center

410 W 10th Ave - 7th Floor
Columbus, OH 43210
614.685.0001

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Ohio's Hospice of Fayette County

222 N. Oakland Ave.
Washington Court House, OH 43160
740.335.0149

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Ohio's Hospice of Miami County

3230 N. Co. Rd. 25A
Troy, OH 45373
937.335.5191

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Ohio's Hospice of Morrow County

228 South St.
Mount Gilead, OH 43338
419.946.9822

Ohio's Hospice

Ohio's Hospice

Dayton

7575 Paragon Rd.
Dayton, OH 45459
1.800.654.4490

Cincinnati

11013 Montgomery Rd.
Cincinnati, OH 45249
1.800.654.4490

Volunteer Gail Pruett Reflects on Tuxedo Junction Dance Benefit

Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton Volunteer Reflects on Tuxedo Junction Dance Benefit

After experiencing the care of Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton for her husband, father and stepmother, Gail Pruett wanted to give back to the not-for-profit hospice. So, in 2005 she dedicated a year of her life to planning “Tuxedo Junction” to benefit patients and families of Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton with support from friends in the community.

Pruett’s love for dancing sparked the idea for the benefit, which raised more than $49,000 for Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton. The event was held on Oct. 11, 2006, at Skateworld of Kettering in October 2006. As a friend of the conductor of the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Pruett secured the orchestra to visit Dayton and play at the event.

A dance teacher and studio owner, Pruett taught dance — tap, ballet and jazz — for 36 years in Phoenix and Dayton. She also taught tap dance for eight years at Wright State University. She was a hostess, dance teacher and a DJ at the Colony Club, a supper club in Kettering. She attributes many of her dance connections to those years.

“I started dancing when I was three years old, and I quit three years ago,” said Pruett who is now 81 years old. “My mother died at 31, and it was her dream for me to be a dancer.”

For “Tuxedo Junction,” Pruett created an extensive marketing campaign for the event, raising funds from local donors, sponsors and businesses. The event was advertised on area TV and radio stations and in local newspapers.

The night’s program included three different sets of ballroom dancing styles featuring professional dancers Sara Andrews, Vitaliy Kozhev and Irina Kozheva. Winifred Doersam and Pruett also danced. Dances included the cha-cha, foxtrot, American tango, and an international waltz.

The semi-formal event transformed Skateworld into a beautiful ballroom from the 1940s with black curtains and spotlights. A red-carpet entry with fountains outside welcomed attendees. The Glenn Miller Orchestra provided live music.

The event also featured a silent auction and hors d’oeuvres. Dale Huffman, a former columnist with the Dayton Daily News, was the emcee. More than 200 people attended the event.

“Everyone danced all night and had a great time,” said Pruett who also volunteered with Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton from 2014 through 2019. “I organized this because I wanted to give back to Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton. They were there for my husband, father and stepmother.”

She expressed appreciation to the late Jon Poelking and Brenda Humfleet of the Hospice of Dayton Foundation, for their help in organizing the event. She also is grateful to Winifred Doersam, who designed the programs and helped Pruett with the event.

Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton appreciates Pruett for volunteering her time and talents to raise funds for patient care and services.

“We’re grateful to Gail Pruett for her vision, dedication and support of our mission,” said Lori Poelking-Igel, president of the Ohio’s Hospice Foundation. “Her vision benefited our patients and families. We thank her for dedicating her time and talents to Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton.”

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