Live dance music, food, raffle and more at the 2022 Billings Clinic Classic | Brand Ave. studios
A high-energy street party with food, prizes and live music featuring dance hits from the 70s, 80s and 90s to present returns to downtown Billings on Saturday 27 august.
The 2022 Billings Clinic Classic will transform the stretch of Broadway between Third Avenue North and Fourth Avenue North into a lively community event for a great cause. All proceeds from this year’s event will help the Billings Clinic achieve its goal of becoming a Level I Trauma Center, which will serve the needs of Billings Clinic’s growing emergency department while providing the highest level of trauma care in the region.
This year’s Classic features an energetic outdoor street party, raffle, silent auction and seven golf events. After a hugely successful performance at Classic 2019, Alter Ego will return as this year’s flagship entertainment at Street Party Celebration on Broadway. Hailing from Montreal, Alter Ego are the top holiday tribute band in North America and the only band to perform two classics. The continuous dance repertoire includes the best of 70s disco, 80s rock, 90s pop and new millennium hit songs. With 10 lead singers and over 60 dazzling costume changes, this group puts on a show like no other.
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The evening will begin with get-togethers, refreshments and hors d’oeuvres featuring the music of local band Gilda House. The entire 2022 Classic will take place outdoors on Broadway between Third Avenue North and Fourth Avenue North. This location, in the heart of downtown Billings, has been an integral part of the Classic for over 25 years and has become synonymous with fundraising and annual celebration.
The 2022 Classic will support the Billings Clinic’s work to begin the first phase of the multi-year effort to become a Level I Trauma Center, which includes the needs within the Billings Clinic Emergency Department.
As the region’s largest independent healthcare provider, Billings Clinic is a leader in supporting the health and well-being of people who live and work in a vast, multi-state region that includes the Montana, Wyoming and the western Dakotas. Last year, the Billings Clinic served the healthcare needs of nearly 165,000 unique patients. These patients accounted for nearly one million outpatient and telehealth visits, as well as nearly 15,000 hospital stays.
The Billings Clinic has taken an important step to improve lifesaving care in the region by seeking designation as a Level I Trauma Center. This multi-year effort will consist of three phases. The first phase will create alignment and increase the ability to provide the highest level of care. This includes meeting growing needs at the emergency department — Montana’s busiest — to continue serving patients across the region. Built in 2007, the emergency department recorded more than 50,000 visits in 2021, a 7.5% increase over the previous year and a 32% increase over the past 10 years.
The region’s wide-open spaces, year-round outdoor recreation, and farming and ranching lifestyle present unique challenges in the event of an accident. The Billings Clinic was Montana’s first Level II trauma center, audited in 1992, and is Montana’s oldest trauma center. There is no Level I trauma center in Montana or Wyoming, so particularly complex and difficult cases may require emergency medical transport to remote centers for the highest level of coordinated care. This delays life-saving care and places a costly burden on patients and families faced with an emergency medical situation. As a result, the likelihood of a person surviving severe trauma in Montana is the second worst in the nation. To meet these unique needs, the Billings Clinic is seeking a Level I designation.
Bill and Jean Mills chair this year’s Classic. Jamiee Belsky, MD, an emergency physician at the Billings Clinic and chair of the emergency department, will be this year’s physician champion. The theme for this year’s party is “Put Us on the Map”. The 2022 Classic will also feature a raffle, an online auction and seven golf tournaments, in addition to the street party.
Tickets are now on sale to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call the Billings Clinic Foundation at 406-657-4670 or visit billingsclinicfoundation.com.