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Port Charles gathers to raise HIV/AIDS awareness.

General Hospital begins celebrating The Nurses’ Ball today May 16. The event, which is the 14th ball, will run through Monday May 21 and will be sponsored by Olay. Founded in 1994 by Port Charles resident Lucy Coe (Lynn Herring), the Nurses’ Ball is one of fictional Port Charles’ most glamorous charity events, dedicated to HIV/AIDS awareness and research. readers can once again look forward to watching the residents of Port Charles strut their stuff in their best fashions on the red carpet and perform musical numbers during the ball. Past balls have featured performances by the all-female group The Haunted Starlets, strip teases from Magic Milo and the Magic Wands, fitness guru Richard Simmons often made surprise appearances, rock performances from Port Charles’ own Eddie Maine aka Ned Quartermaine, along with covers of past and present pop songs.

This year’s event is hosted by The Bachelor’s Nick Viall along with Nina Valentin (Michelle Stafford) for Aurora Media. Also on the red carpet will be entertainment reporter for KABC in Los Angeles George Pennacchio. Joining him at the ball will be fellow KABC reporter Coleen Sullivan.

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Celebrity chef and co-host of The Chew, Carla Hall, will make a special appearance that the show teases is decades in the making. From just released photos it appears Hall will play none other than the Quartermaine’s Cook II!

As always, the Nurses’ Ball will be the backdrop for several dramatic events taking place in Port Charles. In past years the ball has been crashed by Dr. Obrecht (Kathleen Gati) and Spencer Cassadine (Nicolas Bechtel), Jake Webber (Hudson West) almost unleashed a deadly nerve toxin developed by Helena Cassadine (Constance Towers) last year, and Liz Webber (Rebecca Herbst) once learned the truth that Jake Doe (Billy Miller) was actually Jason Morgan, though he was later revealed to actually be his long-lost twin Drew. What could be in store for this year’s ball? Will Peter August’s (Wes Ramsey) identity be revealed? Will Drew Cain (Billy Miller) regain his memories? Will one of Port Charles’ mothers-to-be go into labor? You’ll have to watch to find out. Rest assured the event will be filled with excitement, never-before-seen musical performances and a surprise proposal! As you prepare for this year’s event, enjoy some videos of past classic performances from the ball.

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