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Take me out to the ball game: Department staff enjoy a Durham Bulls game

Thursday, July 27, 2017
By Latasha Jeter

After a busy work week, faculty and staff from the Duke Neurology Department enjoyed some down time together at a Durham Bulls game on Friday, July 21.

About 160 members from the Morreene Road and Duke South 1L Clinic and their families attended the game as well as doctors and staff from Raleigh and Cary offices, leaving just five of the purchased tickets unused.

“Our Department had a very good turnout for the baseball game Friday night in spite of the heat,” said Jodi Hawes, MD, who planned the outing.

Department staff socialized and enjoyed dinner on the patio as they kept cool by the fans and misting stations. Those who attended also received complimentary Bulls baseball caps.

For some department members, this was their first time attending a baseball game.

“This was the first big outing our department has done,” said 1L’s Service Access Manager La’Vonne Lancaster, who attended the game with her husband and mother, who was in town visiting from Virginia. “It was really nice of Dr. Hawes to put this all together.”

The Bulls took on their rivals the Lehigh Valley Ironpigs, and brought home a 5-3 win. The Bulls went on to also win the last game in the series on Sunday with a 4-3 walk-off win.

Another big highlight of the evening was a special appreciation presentation for Hawes. Coordinated by Nursing Manager Lindsy Anthony, staff were instructed days prior to the game to send in one word that described Hawes. These words were then taken and were made into a framed word collage.  

Phenomenal, sweet, and understanding were some of the words that filled the collage presented to the well-liked doctor.

Those who stayed until the end concluded the lovely evening watching fireworks light up the summer sky to celebrate the Bulls victory.

Click here to view an album featuring photos of the game (Duke access required).