Cook with Chef Chris Hastings during the 2021 No-Show Ball

UAB graduate students will work as yearlong service partners to implement self-developed projects dedicated to improving the health of vulnerable people.

Headshot of Chris Hastings and Will FernianyChris Hastings and Will Ferniany, Ph.D. The Junior Board of Visitors of the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing will host the 2021 No-Show Ball on Nov. 14 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Participants will enjoy a live cooking demonstration from awarding-winning chef Chris Hastings.

The livestream fundraiser supports lifesaving pediatric nurses through the board’s Endowed Nursing Scholarship. Along with the cooking demonstration, participants will receive a three-course dinner menu with Hastings’ recipes, ingredients, pro tips, wine pairings and a chance to ask questions.

The No-Show Ball will also honor Will Ferniany, Ph.D., chief executive officer of the UAB Health System and the UAB/Ascension St. Vincent’s Health System Alliance, and his commitment and dedication to the health of all Alabamians and celebrate his retirement at the end of 2021. 

“Every year, the No-Show Ball provides an opportunity to support nurses and the future of nursing in our state,” Ferniany said. “This year, your support is even more important. As CEO of UAB Health System, I can tell you how dire the nursing situation is in Birmingham, our state and our nation. The nursing shortage is the number one limiting factor our hospitals face in offering vital services to help people in need. By supporting the No-Show Ball, you can make a difference. You not only will help our future nurses and the health system but will have a great meal. Your support will make a difference in the lives of nursing students as well as the future of medical care in Alabama.”

For more information or to purchase a ticket, visit the No-Show Ball webpage. The deadline to order tickets is Friday, Oct. 22.