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Emmy Award-Winning Sports Journalist Attends Charity Ball

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Hundreds of people gathered to attend the Burgundy Ball Saturday evening and hear from a well-known broadcaster. Emmy Award-winning journalist Roy Firestone was featured at the 10th Annual Citizens Memorial Hospital/Citizens Memorial Healthcare Foundation Burgundy Ball.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Hundreds of people gathered to attend the Burgundy Ball Saturday evening and hear from a well-known broadcaster.

Emmy Award-winning journalist Roy Firestone was featured at the 10th Annual Citizens Memorial Hospital/Citizens Memorial Healthcare Foundation Burgundy Ball.

The event had a live and silent auction in support of programs and services for patients and their families.

The Carrie J. Babb Center was one cancer center recognized at the event.

Firestone says he has many friends battling the illness and addressed the crowd with inspiring stories.

"Every athlete that has a story where I think it’s going to  light a torch for someone else,” says Firestone. “Whether it be battling illness or coming back from illness, that to me is what is intriguing about being a broadcaster. That’s why I wanted to tell those stories tonight and make people laugh and entertain but I also like to think I’ll be inspiring and move people."

Firestone began his career as a sports anchor and reporter in Miami before moving to Los Angeles as a sport anchor. He was the host of ESPN’s interview program Sports Look later re-named Up Close.

You may also recognize him from his appearance in the movie Jerry Maguire or his character in an episode of Married with Children.

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