JAMESTOWN, NY – November 30, 2013 — The Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum and Center for Comedy will host The Healing Power of Love & Laughter Lucy Desi Exhibit, a public exhibition which will feature a collection of never-before and seldom-seen treasurers from the Lucille Ball historic archives. The exhibit of community-inspired works will be held during the Grand Opening of the new WCA ENT Center on Thursday, December 5, 2013, from 2:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
The new WCA ENT Center is located at Jones Memorial Health Center Campus—a division of WCA Hospital, at 51 Glasgow Avenue, Jamestown. Follow the Open House signs leading to the entrance of the Center. The event is free and open to the public. Convenient front door event parking is available. Visit www.wcahospital.org for a map and directions.
“This one-of-a-kind exhibition commemorates Lucille Ball’s lifetime heritage of bringing joy and laughter to those she touched throughout her life,” said Journey Gunderson, executive director at Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Center for Comedy, who was recently awarded Buffalo Business First’s “40 Under 40” honor that recognizes western New York’s young leaders.
“It is true that laughter is one of the best forms of medicine and the best ingredient’s you can prescribe. I chuckled when I came across one of the rare photograph’s that will be highlighted in our exhibit of Lucille Ball with Animal the famous red-headed Muppet, two of the most beloved red-heads who brought laughter and joy to children who needed it the most.”
Lucy Desi Center for Comedy curator, Alyson Borowczyk, explains that the exhibit will showcase Lucille Ball’s legacy of giving back to her community. “Beyond acting, Lucille Ball was a charitable donor and avid community supporter,” said Alyson. “As part of her philanthropic work, she visited patients at the local hospitals where she lived. One of the main feature’s of our exhibit is one of Lucille Ball’s personal outfits worn by her in the 1977 television episode of Circus of the Stars on CBS which she donated to the WCA Hospital Auxiliary who recently donated it back to the museum for our fans to enjoy. Among the seldom-seen works also part of the exhibit, will be the original outfit worn by Lucille Ball during a visit to a children’s hospital in Beverly Hills, California.”
The exhibit will celebrate Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz as leading figures of the community illustrated by rare large-scale prints of Lucy and Desi visiting with local patients at the now closed Jamestown General Hospital in Jamestown, New York, and their visit to Jamestown when they premiered the urbane and witty Forever Darling, a 1956 romantic comedy, made at the height of the couple’s popularity. Besides these extraordinary treasured relics, the exhibit will include an original Emmy Award accepted by her husband, standup comedian Gary Morton, for her Lifetime Achievement Award in Comedy at the 1989 Emmys.
“We are so excited to be part of the festivities,” Alyson says. “We could not think of a more powerful way to pay tribute to Lucille Ball’s benevolent support and involvement of community service. Lucy fans and exhibit attendees alike won’t want to miss this extra special and unique opportunity to view this one-of-kind exhibition at the hospital’s grand opening.”
Included in the exhibit will be an interactive Touching Lives Display which features personal messages from Lucy fans who documented in a mini memory book what Lucy meant to them. Attendees who come to the grand opening can write their own personal message in the mini memory book how Lucy and laughter touched their lives. Attendees at the opening will receive one free admission ticket to the Lucy Desi Center for Comedy which features The Lucy Desi Museum and Desilu Studios.
The Grand Opening celebration at WCA marks the opening the WCA ENT. The public will also enjoy free hearing and sleep screenings; the musical performance of the Jamestown Barbershop Harmony Express quartet; holiday music; and complimentary holiday refreshments and gift give-a-ways. Guests can tour the new facility as well as meet board-certified otolaryngologist, Dr. Sean Carroll, and the WCA ENT staff members who will be on hand to answer questions about the specialty ear, nose and throat services available at the center.
A special ribbon cutting ceremony marking the grand opening will be held at 3 p.m. outside the main entrance of the center. The WCA ENT Center will be beautifully decorated for the event in the holiday spirit compliments, of C Rosiez for Flowers & Gifts located at 607 West Third Street, in the Third Street Plaza.
The Lucille Ball legacy has been proudly honored right here in Lucy’s hometown of Jamestown by the Lucy Desi Museum & Center for Comedy since 1996. For decades, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz played a vital role in television and on the big screen, and the community is fortunate to have the privilege of preserving their memory and the impact they’ve both had on the world through all of the fun costumes and memorabilia on display awards they were both given, photographs of both their personal and TV lives, and much more.
Make a plan to spend your afternoon at the new WCA ENT Center located at 51 Glasgow Avenue (Jones Memorial Health Center campus). For more information, visit www.wcahospital.org or contact Linda Johnson, WCA Hospital Public Relations & Marketing at (716) 664-8614. For information and business hours at the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum and Center for Comedy, visit info@Lucy-Desi.com or call The Lucy Desi Center for Comedy at (716) 484-0800.
“As we prepare for the exhibit, we are so excited to come alongside WCA Hospital who shares our mission to bring healing, laughter and love to others,” Journey says.