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Published on May 20, 2014

Country Superstar LeAnn Rimes headlines Billings Clinic Classic

Tickets on sale Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Billings, MT— Billings Clinic Foundation announces that the 2014 Classic will feature Grammy Award-winning country star LeAnn Rimes on Saturday, August 23, 2014. Proceeds from the 2014 Classic will benefit pediatric care at Billings Clinic including construction of a new dedicated inpatient care unit for pediatric patients admitted to the hospital.

LeAnn Rimes has sold more than 40 million albums, won two Grammy® Awards, three Academy of Country Music Awards and 12 Billboard Music Awards. Rimes is the youngest recipient of a Grammy® Award, and was also the first country recording artist to win in the “Best New Artist” category. Rimes has placed 42 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, 13 of which are top-10 hits, and has scored numerous hit singles in her career, including “Can’t Fight the Moonlight” which went #1 in 11 countries, and “How Do I Live,” which is the second longest charting song ever on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Having released more than ten studio albums, three compilation albums and two greatest hits albums in her illustrious career, Rimes released her most personal album yet, Spitfire, in spring 2013.

The Billings Clinic Classic’s lively and sophisticated pre and post-concert street party in downtown Billings will feature the popular and energetic sounds of The Midlife Chryslers. Classic tickets range in price from $80-$160. The $160 ticket includes a pre-concert street party with heavy hors d’oeuvres and hosted refreshments, the LeAnn Rimes concert, and a post-concert party with desserts and dancing to live music. The $80 tickets include the concert and post-concert event. Public sales for all tickets begin Wednesday, May 21 at 8:30 a.m. and can be purchased by calling (406) 657-4670 or visiting the Billings Clinic Foundation at 2917 10th Avenue North.

The Classic is the major annual fundraising event for Billings Clinic. Other Classic events feature a Women’s Golf Tournament on August 15, the Briarwood Country Club and the Laurel Golf Club on August 22.

This year’s Classic is chaired by respected business owner Denny Menholt and funds raised will be directed to the construction of a new dedicated pediatric inpatient care unit on the second floor of the hospital, supporting Billings Clinic’s ongoing commitment to excellence in caring for children.

The growth in services that provide expert, seamless, coordinated care for children confronted with complex diseases has increased the need to expand inpatient care. Currently, pediatric patients admitted to the hospital at Billings Clinic are placed throughout the adult inpatient care areas.

"Many exciting things are happening in pediatric care at the Billings Clinic,” said Michelle Pierson, MD, Department Chair of Pediatrics, “We are continuously growing to meet the health care needs of children in our community. Billings Clinic has the most comprehensive ambulatory pediatric specialty services in the region, and with the recent expansion of the Family Birth Center and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, now more than ever is the time to build a dedicated pediatric inpatient space to better meet the needs of the families and children we serve."

Construction of a pediatric inpatient care unit will provide a safe and caring environment to meet the needs of babies, young children, and teenagers. Patient rooms will also create space for family members, who are essential to the well-being and healing of young patients. Plans for the unit include a separate, cheerful treatment room, where all painful or uncomfortable procedures or treatments will be performed. This provides children with a sense of security in knowing their patient room is a safe haven. Additionally, an "Imagination Room" will provide a safe space for positive distraction, so young patients and their siblings can play together.

State-of-the-art security measures are being incorporated into the unit design, giving parents peace of mind for the safety of their children if they cannot be at their bedside.

The cost of this important project is projected to be just over $1 million and the goal of Billings Clinic is to raise 100% of this cost through philanthropy.

Continuing a long-standing tradition, Billings Clinic is using local architects and contractors to lead the design and construction of the pediatric inpatient care unit.

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