• Royda Ballard C.N.M., B.S.N.,

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    • Royda Ballard received her BS degree in nursing from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and her certificate in nurse-midwifery from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. She currently holds a staff position as a nurse-midwife in the Maternal—Infant Care program at Nashville General Hospital.

  • Paul Devine Ph.D.

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    • Paul Devine has a PhD in English from Vanderbilt University and teaches at Fisk University.

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This article describes the process by which a successful fund-raising event can be planned and staged by a nurse-midwifery organization. The recruitment and organization of the personnel necessary for a successful fund-raising effort are considered, and the three-phase planning effort leading up to the fund-raiser itself is described in considerable detail. Practical considerations are emphasized, and examples are drawn from an exceptionally successful fund-raising event held by a community organization supporting beleaguered nurse-midwives in Nashville, Tennessee.