2009-01-29 / Local & State

Sweetheart Ball To Benefit Former Resident

25th annual event scheduled for Feb. 14
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

Undergoing surgery in 1976, Eileen Hutzell was the recipient of a blood transfusion. The transfusion changed Hutzell's life forever as she was soon diagnosed with Hepatitis C. While the Hagerstown, Md., resident has been able to control the disease through healthier living choices, including acupuncture, massage and vitamins, the condition has worsened into a recent diagnosis of liver sclerosis.

The road to recovery has been long and difficult for Hutzell, a member of the local Beta Sigma Phi sorority and former Needmore area resident. Hutzell, 66, was forced to give up her bookkeeping job with a realty company last fall, and the youngest of four children recently moved back into Hutzell's McGregor Drive home to aid in her care.

According to Hutzell, the medical bills have already proven to be daunting and will likely increase in the event she is bumped up the waiting list at Johns Hopkins where she has been awaiting a liver transplant since June of 2008.

To help with her medical finances, sorority sisters at Beta Sigma Phi will be donating the proceeds from their upcoming Sweetheart Ball to Hutzell. The 25th annual event is scheduled for Saturday, February 14, at the American Legion, with hors d'oeuvres being served at 6 p.m. Dinner will follow at 6:30 p.m. Entertainment that evening will include dancing and an auction.

"It's been a humbling experience to find out how many great friends I have," said Hutzell, who added not only have her sorority sisters been of great assistance during her time of need but so has her church family in Hancock.

Any resident wishing to obtain tickets or more information for the Sweetheart Ball is asked to contact 717-485-5288 or 717- 573-4182.

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