What is the Ball?
My name is Jamie Kirkpatrick and I'm 32 years old.
In January of 2002, I was diagnosed with testicular cancer. In the following months, I underwent surgery and a course of radiation treatment and, by the end of that year, I was declared "cancer free."

A year later, as the anniversary of my diagnosis approached, I decided that I wanted to throw a party to celebrate, not only my survival, but also the incredible outpouring of love, support and (thank God) humor I received from virtually everyone I knew. As one of my close friends put it, "What better reason to party with your friends?"

It occurred to me, however, that if I was going to get everyone I know together, I might as well try to do something worthwhile. I asked everyone who came to pay a "cover charge" which I would then donate to a cancer charity. And so the first annual Jamie's Ball was born - fifty of my closest friends and acquaintances in a private room at an Upper West Side pub. The next year was basically the same idea, but with a significantly larger guest list. Not even the ridiculously cold temperatures (coldest night in over 50 years - you can look it up!) could keep the devoted away. The result was a hugely successful event ("Jamie's Second Ball").

This is a going to be a water-shed year for The Ball. Come be a part of this history. Come party for a great cause.

Come and experience my Ball!

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Jamie's Ball: V Recap
Jamie's Ball V was an unqualified success! This year the gods smiled and we had some pretty good weather and the crowds responded. People turned out in big numbers and enjoyed the best party yet. Special Guest MC Evan Klein entertained with his particular brand of (dare I say?) comic genius (I do!) while DJ Chibi blew the roof off the joint and kept the dance floor packed. This year's prize giveaway was off the chain (as we used to say in Indiana) and got people in an absolute tizzy, with folks who won more than one prize clamoring to "trade-up." The prizes included a Canon digital camera from Digital Color Concepts, a DVD collection from Focus Films, a CD collection from Virgin Records, a video i-Pod from Tekserve and three, $500 dinner certificates from Assenzio restaurant! Yup, you heard right. A huge Thank You to everyone who donated such awesome prizes.

Be sure to check out the Photos page for some of the best highlights in years.