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Published on May 11, 2015

Pop music legends The Pointer Sisters headline Billings Clinic Classic

Billings, MT— Billings Clinic Foundation announces that the 2015 Classic will feature Grammy Award-winning pop superstars The Pointer Sisters on Saturday, August 29, 2015. Proceeds from the 2015 Classic will benefit the Billings Clinic Internal Medicine Residency, the only residency of its kind in Montana and Wyoming.

The Pointer Sisters have achieved worldwide fame and have secured a place in pop and R & B music history as a dynamic female group. The energetic female vocalists are well known for their classic mega hits “I’m So Excited,” “Jump (for my love),” and "Slow Hand." In recent years, the group has performed with some of the greatest orchestras in the world, including the San Francisco Symphony and the renowned Boston Pops.

Back by popular demand, the pop quartet Under the Streetlamp will perform at the post-headline concert street party. Exuding the irresistible rapport of a modern day Rat Pack, the quartet – recent leading cast members of Tony Award winning musical Jersey Boys - will deliver an evening of unforgettable entertainment.

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 Pointer Sisters concert, and a post-concert party, featuring Under the Streetlamp and the Bucky Beaver Ground Grippers. The $80 tickets include the concert and post-concert event.

Public sales for all tickets begin Tuesday, May 12 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 Friday, August 21 and Open Golf Tournaments at the Briarwood Country Club and the Laurel Golf Club on Friday, August 28.

This year’s Classic is chaired by John Hedge and will support the Billings Clinic Internal Medicine Residency. In 2014, Billings Clinic took a bold step to address the shortage of primary care physicians by starting the first Internal Medicine Residency training program in Montana and Wyoming. Six or more new Internal Medicine physicians will graduate each year with the hope they will choose the “last best place” to practice and call home.

Montana, northern Wyoming and the western Dakotas rank at the bottom of the nation in access to primary care physicians. Nine of Montana’s counties have no doctors and over 200,000 Wyoming residents are without adequate access to a primary care physician.

"Billings Clinic has long been committed to addressing the serious shortage of primary care physicians practicing in our region,” said Roger Bush, MD, program director of the Internal Medicine Residency. "Through strong partnerships with critical access hospitals, and by providing outreach clinics, telemedicine and our Mayo Clinic Care Network connection, supporting physicians and our rural communities is at the heart of who we are as a health care organization.”

Montana is among the most successful states for retaining physicians who complete a residency program in the state, with a retention rate of 60.1-75% according to 2011 data from the Association of American Medical Colleges.
Realizing how critical the residency is to creating greater access to primary care physicians, Billings Clinic is investing millions of dollars in support of this transformational program, and philanthropic support is critical to its success.

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