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General Hospital and ABC Partner with amFAR For Upcoming Nurses' Ball!

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General Hospital continues to pull out all the stops for their upcoming 50th anniversary celebration and the Nurses’ Ball gala!  Now according to an official press release today, GH will be using for the first time a non-fictional charity for the return of the beloved Ball that always raised awareness in an amazing show support for those living with HIV, and the global epidemic of AIDS.

The official press release related:  “ABC has joined forces with amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, in celebration of  General Hospital’s 50th Anniversary with an exciting storyline integration.  Approaching 50 historic years on ABC on April 1 and to help mark the show’s Golden Anniversary, General Hospital will reprise the immensely popular Nurses Ball, a fictional charity event complete with musical performances from the illustrious citizens of Port Charles dedicated to HIV/AIDS awareness. The partnership with amfAR marks the first time that the Nurses Ball will be linked to a non-fictional charity, and helps to continue amfAR’s vastly important mission of raising HIV/AIDS awareness. The inaugural Nurses Ball aired in 1994 and became an annual event until 2001.

General Hospital is proud to be working with amfAR as we celebrate our 50th Anniversary,” said Executive Producer Frank Valentini. “We have pulled out all the stops to make the return of the Nurses Ball an event worth waiting for, and by linking the ball to amfAR we partner in their efforts to raise awareness beyond the town of Port Charles.”

amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, is one of the world’s leading nonprofit organizations dedicated to the support of AIDS research, HIV prevention, treatment education and the advocacy of sound AIDS-related public policy. Founded in 1985, amfAR is dedicated to ending the global AIDS epidemic through innovative research. amfAR-funded research has increased the understanding of HIV and has helped lay the groundwork for major advances in the study and treatment of HIV/AIDS.”

What do you think of GH partnering with amFAR for the upcoming presentation of the Nurses’ Ball?  Let us know!

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Scott (ATWT Fan)
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Scott (ATWT Fan)

I think this is great that they’re doing this. And I don’t believe anything of this nature has been done before, and it’s for a great cause. Proud right now.

Mary Fergen
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Mary Fergen

What a great idea! I’m sooo looking forward to The Nurses’ Ball!

jim
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jim

Great to see ABC do something positive for a change. Kinda renews my faith in them. Hope this continues.

jim
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jim

Too bad they couldnt have done a special 2 hour live version of the nurses ball where viewers could call in and make donations to the cause…that would be groundbreaking!

Ces
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Ces

that’s a great idea Jim!!

Patrick
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Patrick

That really is, Jim.

Touching and affecting…. that, GH… continued on with this wonderful awareness.

Patrick
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Patrick

I should say…. that ABC is bringing this storyline back…. after so many years…

and w/your idea… of, perhaps a telethon… live…. in conjunction… or after the nurses’ ball….

it would be bringing this “epidemic” it legs again… and reminding people that it’s affecting so many to this day.

ShannonB
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ShannonB

This is fantastic! There hasn’t been much that abc has done in the last year and a half that I’ve even “liked” but this is a wonderful commitment not only to General Hospital but to a charity and cause that still has a great need. Thank you!

Tali
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Tali

Agreed Shannon! I will watch GH for the nurse’s ball and their 50th Anniversary, now that the OLTL characters have been suspended for a time. Hope to see them back where they belong (can’t wait for OLTL) and enjoy GH as it once was!

Mary SF
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Mary SF

What a wonderful way to not only celebrate this milestone for GH, but hopefully highlight the work of amFAR — who ever came up with the idea deserves a pat on the back and a thank you. HIV and AIDS still exists- progress made yes, but there are still strives to be made– lets hope this teaming up produces some positive awareness for the issue that often gets neglected these days—looking forward to April 1.

Patrick
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Patrick

Eloquent and HEARTfelt.

Thank You Soap’ies: for sharing, a cause that, still, to this day…. needs to be at the forefront….

Where are the red ribbons….

remember when…. on the awards shows.. said actors would acknowledge their support and give relevence to ALL people with hiv – aids.

Thank you ABC/General Hospital/AmFar.

Shelly
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Shelly

This is wonderful. My husband’s cousin died of AIDS 20 years ago. His suffering was intense and shocking. This disease was discovered in my lifetime and I feel like we can cure it in my lifetime.
I love the nurses ball and I can’t wait. I think it’s pretty cool that ABC is using “love in the afternoon” to help put an end to real life human tragedy.

su0000
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su0000

I think it is wonderful !
ABC/ GH and its’ Peoples have been doing a great job..

Can’t blame all of ABC for Frons’s stupidity/ignorance.. .lol ..

Ces
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Ces

I think this is a great idea for the show. IGlad to see ABC & GH doing this! Looking forward to the Nurses Ball.

jim
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jim

I want to thank you 4 the reply you made to me on what i said about how they shouldve have done a live version of the nurses ball and had it so viewers could call in to make donations to amFar. Had they made it more like a Jerry Lewis telethon i feel it could have been something even much bigger and a yearly event. It would also remind people aids is still out there and that their donations was going to a worthy cause. This would have been the most groundbreaking thing a soap could have done! Had… Read more »

Troy Turner
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Troy Turner

Jim,

I haven’t agreed with you on much, but if the Nurse’s Ball is successful, and GH gets the renewal it deserves-you never know what might happen. Anytime soaps fulfill their unspoken social contract with fans-it’s a good thing. Congrats to amFAR and GH

Ces
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Ces

I think GH & ABC should hire you Jim 🙂 Yep, too bad you didn’t know about AmFar before they already filmed the Nurse’s Ball; that would have been very different for a daytime show to do and who better than GH to pull it off?! Hopefully they get some donations by putting a scroll at the bottom of the show to TEXT a $5 donation like the Red Cross does. AIDS is still out there and still needs attention.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Yes a live version would have been groundbreaking, yet honor soaps beginnings when all soaps were live to air. But I would hope if they are teaming up there will be info given during the broadcast on how viewers can donate to the cause- it might not be as interesting as your idea, but awareness is awareness and fusing fiction with reality like that was an inspired idea- I wish them success for this venture.

Rodd
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Rodd

Wonderful and forward thinking! Great job to all involved!

CTwildheart
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CTwildheart

Fantastic!

MK
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MK

This is not the first time they have raised money for aids research. They used to sell nurses Ball T-shirts and allot to various AIDS charities, This may be the first time they actually partner with a specific charity.

Gmbenet
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Gmbenet

Nice idea. Congratulations, General Hospital and amFAR!

Ellen
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Ellen

I have Nurses Ball T-shirts (never worn) from years ago…would ABC be interested in having them ?

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Each installment left us wondering if either couple would actually get hitched, but when Finn and Anna were the first to combust and not Peter and Maxie, it set the stage for two beloved soap veterans to once again, remind us all, why they are always at the top of the game when required to play high drama that tugs at the heartstrings.

In story, Finn is gut-punched, (and no one can play that better than Michael Easton), when Anna reveals that she knew that Peter was not her biological son and had done all the horrific deeds he has been hiding, in an effort to stop Maxie from marrying Peter.  When Finn realizes Anna confided in Valentin (James Patrick Stuart), and they were working together to bring Peter down it was too much for him to take.

Finn walks out on their wedding.  Alone and with tears welling up in his eyes, Finn feels his chance at love is dashed again.  Add to the fact, he has DNA results to prove if he is Chase’s (Josh Swickard) father and not his brother, or not, and the guy has been through the wringer of late.

As for Anna, she has literally imploded her own life, while trying to save others, after realizing the error of her ways; constantly putting her faith in Peter.  When she comes to visit Finn, she knows no matter what she says to Finn it looks bad.  She sees how she has hurt him, and hopes they can still repair their now fractured relationship, but she has to stop Peter and help her God-daughter, Maxie from making the biggest mistake of her life, so she leaves him to go back to the scene of the double-wedding.

Later in the week, Anna shares a heartfelt scene with her ex Robert Scorpio (Tristan Rogers), whom she knows she can have an honest conversation knowing her life of espionage and their shared history.  Meanwhile, Jackie (Kim Delaney) and Finn’s pull is there as well, as it appears Jackie’s attraction to Finn still remains all these years later when he visits her shortly after being blindsided by Anna at the nuptials.

Throughout the week, Easton and Hughes played all the nuances of their character’s emotional life, as the audience witnessed which just might be the end of the line for Finn and Anna.

For all of these reasons and more, Michael Fairman TV names Michael and Finola’s work, The Power Performances of the Week.

So, let us know, what did you think of what happened to Finn and Anna? The double-wedding fiasco? Did you enjoy Michael and Finola’s scenes? Comment below.

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The video was from a Cameo appearance, where Rogers offered an assessment of the Peter August storyline and expressed that while he knows Ramsey is a strong actor, he felt he was “wrong for the character” being that Peter was the son of the evil Faison played by Anders Hove.

Rogers also came to the defense of Ramsey and shared: “Don’t be too hard on Wes Ramsey. He’s got himself into a horrible storyline, and the storyline is the fault of the show. What they’ve literally done is they’ve painted themselves into a corner, and they don’t know how to get out of it.”

Currently, Peter’s story is front and center on GH with his wedding to Maxie (Kirsten Storms), and the fallout from all of the character’s dirty deeds.

Now Ramsey took to his Instagram account to address what transpired and his thoughts on the perils of social media, professionalism and acting, expressing: “Actors are storytellers, shapeshifters, chameleons. We’re also in the business of cultivating trust bc that’s how the best work is brought to life. We have to trust our imaginations, our instincts. We have to trust our fellow actors, because without them, there’s no scene to play. In the collaborative efforts of bringing any show to life, we also have to trust our directors each day to steer the arch of our story (like a conductor with a symphony) & trust our writers who are tasked with composing the symphonies we play out. I came up in a world of classical theater, where trusting the play, text, story is essential to the tightrope balancing act of making magic.  You will never hear me critique (on any public platform) the people responsible for the creative opportunities I enjoy each day. Without the trust of my writers, directors, producers & fellow actors, it would be impossible to live out my dreams. My job (& my only job) is to bring fearlessness, playfulness & passionate conviction to what has been created for me. My aim is to stretch myself (beyond the limits of where I think my boundaries may lye) each time I’m entrusted with material that allows those boundaries to be tested.

 

Every actor must believe they are the right person for their part or they will never achieve their potential, let alone surpass it. I was raised a gentleman & have two wonderful parents to thank for that, however, my polite personality (while rendering me easy to get along with on set) should have little bearing on my caliber of performance nor my castability as a professional.  I am leery of the pitfalls of social media & believe there are advantages to maintaining some mystery (even as a public figure) but I will always defend & protect what I hold dear (my job & my career) when they are publicly challenged, especially by those closest to me, whom I love & respect. Please know I bear no ill will. As a society, we are all still learning the full ramifications of living in an internet dominated culture. To all my many fans out there who offer encouragement & support, I hear you & am grateful for you. I’m having a blast… 🙂. Onward we go.”

Share your thoughts on Wes’ statement on playing the role of Peter August and more via the comment section below.

 

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Look for: Maurice Benard, Carlos Avila, Victoria Gotti, Ian Buchanan, Réal Andrews, Steve Burton, Majid Raees, Dominic Zamprogna, Kin Shriner, Joshua Benard, Paula Benard, Jeff Kober, Bryan Craig, Brooklyn Rae Silzer, Jim Warren and Buddy the Goat to all make appearances.

Watch Maurice Benard & Friends in “The Birthday Bash” below.  Then let us know what you thought of it via the comment section.

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