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The GENERAL HOSPITAL Nurses Ball Returns!

Get your dancing shoes on because GENERAL HOSPITAL is bringing back the Nurses Ball and all the music and drama that comes with it! This year marks the soap’s 60th anniversary, and at a recent press event, ABC announced it is pulling out all the stops to mark the occasion, including bringing back the annual charity event, which will begin the week of Monday, April 3.

The GH Nurses Ball was founded back in 1994 by Lucy Coe as a fundraiser for HIV and AIDS awareness and research. The show became an annual fan-favorite as viewers looked forward to seeing their favorite actors performing musical numbers in character on the soap. In 1996, the Nurses Ball took on special meaning when Mac presented his niece, Robin, with a quilt made in memory of her boyfriend, Stone Cates, who had died of AIDS. Robin then announced that she is HIV+ herself.

Sadly, after the 2001 Nurses Ball, it was over a decade before it returned as part of GH’s 50th anniversary in 2013. Nurse Sabrina Santiago took the initiative to revive the charity event and managed to drum up enough support so that they could put on the show again. The Nurses Ball once again became an annual event right up until 2020. 

General Hospital Lucy Nurses Ball
Hopefully, Lucy will once again be the hostess with the mostest!Howard Wise/

Although it is usually held in the spring, the real-life COVID pandemic hit and shut down production during that time. The 2020 Nurses Ball eventually aired in August, though as a scaled-back event and held as a telethon to support frontline workers. There was no Nurses Ball held in either 2021 or 2022.

With 2023 marking GH’s 60th year on the air, it’s only right that the Nurses Ball also makes a spectacular return. And while details on what fans can expect to see at this year’s event have not yet been released, it will hopefully be a show befitting the anniversary. And of course, you can keep checking back here at for future updates!

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