ST. CLOUD - The 39th annual Holly Ball held on December 14th raised over $550,000 for the St. Cloud Hospital Hospice Fund through the CentralCare Health Foundation.

Over 1,800 guests attended the event. Almost $5 million has been raised for Hospice since the Holly Ball event started.

Hospice provides comfort and dignity for patients who have a six month or less life expectancy. St. Cloud Hospice cared for more than 400 patients and their families last year.

The 40th annual Holly Ball is scheduled for December 6th in 2014, at the Rivers Edge Convention Center. For more information on the Holly Ball, you can contact the CentraCare Health Foundation at (320)-240-2810.