Fri, May 24

Copper Ball raises nearly $30,000 for Fit Kids of Arizona

Verde Valley Medical Center's Copper Ball has become one of Verde Valley's premier black-tie events.

Since 2002, community members have donned their best attire to enjoy an evening of dinner, music and dancing to support one of the many programs and services developed by Verde Valley Medical Center.

The 2010 Copper Ball was June 5 at the beautiful Tlaquepaque Courtyard & Crafts Village in Sedona.

The single night event was a huge success raising nearly $30,000 that will benefit Verde Valley Medical Center's Fit Kids of Arizona program. Funds were raised through ticket sales and live and silent auctions.

The funds will be used to provide wellness-related programs to children in the Verde Valley area school districts.

These programs will be rolled out with the beginning of the new school in August.

Fit Kids of Arizona is a regional community healthcare program developed by Verde Valley Medical Center, Flagstaff Medical Center and Northern Arizona Healthcare.

The clinical program helps children and their families learn to maintain happy, healthy lifestyles while reducing the problems and illnesses associated with excess weight.

The Fit Kids team focuses on assessing and treating all of the possible causes of excess body weight in children through medical examinations, physical activity counseling, nutrition counseling and behavioral change.

Since opening in September 2009, more than 100 children have been referred to the Verde Valley program.

To make an appointment with Fit Kids of Arizona, a child must be referred by their physician.

For more information on the Fit Kids of Arizona, call (928) 639-6343; or to learn more about other services offered at Verde Valley Medical Center, visit