A high-energy street party with food, prizes and live music featuring dance hits from the 70s, 80s and 90s to today returns to downtown Billings on Saturday, August 27.
The 2022 Billings Clinic Classic will transform the stretch of Broadway between Third Avenue North and Fourth Avenue North into a vibrant community event for a great cause. All proceeds from this year’s event will help Billings Clinic achieve its goal of becoming a Level I Trauma Center, which will support the needs of Billings Clinic’s growing Emergency Department by providing the highest level of of trauma care in the region.
This year’s Classic features an energetic outdoor street party, raffles, silent auction and seven golf events. After a hugely successful run at the 2019 Classic, Alter Ego will return as the headline entertainment at this year’s Broadway Street Party Fest. Hailing from Montreal, Alter Ego is North America’s best party band and the only act to headline two Classics. The nonstop dance repertoire features the best of 70s disco, 80s rock, 90s pop and new millennium hits. With 10 lead singers and over 60 dazzling costume changes, this band puts on a show like no other.
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The night will kick off with mingling, refreshments and delicious food with music from local act Gilda House. The entirety of the 2022 Classic will be held outdoors on Broadway, between Third Avenue North and Fourth Avenue North. This venue, in the heart of downtown Billings, has been an integral part of the Classic for more than 25 years and has become synonymous with the annual fundraiser and celebration.
Classic 2022 will support 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 Billings Clinic’s Emergency Department.
As the largest independent health care provider in the region, Billings Clinic is a leader in maintaining the health and well-being of people who live and work in a vast multistate region that includes Montana, Wyoming and the western Dakotas. Last year, Billings Clinic served the health care needs of nearly 165,000 unique patients. These patients accounted for nearly 1 million outpatient and telehealth visits, as well as nearly 15,000 inpatient hospital stays.
Billings Clinic has taken the important step to elevate life-saving care throughout the region by seeking Level I Trauma Center designation. This multi-year effort will involve three phases. The first phase will create scope and increase capacity to deliver the highest level of care. This includes meeting the growing needs in the Emergency Department – the busiest in Montana – to continue serving patients from across the region. Built in 2007, the Emergency Department saw over 50,000 visits in 2021, a 7.5% increase from last year and a 32% increase over the past 10 years.
The region’s open spaces, year-round outdoor recreation, and farming and ranching lifestyles present unique challenges when an accident occurs. Billings Clinic was Montana’s first Level II Certified Trauma Center in 1992 and is the longest continuously certified trauma center in Montana. There are no Level I Trauma Centers in Montana or Wyoming, so particularly complex and difficult cases may require emergency medical transport to distant centers for the highest level of coordinated care. This delays life-saving care and is a costly burden for patients and families facing a medical emergency. As a result, a person’s likelihood of surviving a severe trauma in Montana is the second worst in the nation. To address these unique needs, Billings Clinic is seeking Level I designation.
Bill and Jean Mills chair the Classic this year. Jamiee Belsky, MD, an emergency physician at Billings Clinic and chair of the Emergency Department, will serve as this year’s Physician Champion. The theme of this year’s party is “Putting 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 Billings Clinic Foundation at 406-657-4670 or go to billingsclinicfoundation.com.