As the opening of the NEW Sanford Medical Center Fargo quickly approaches, the Sanford family found the time to celebrate both our present and future accomplishments from this project. On Wednesday, June 21, over 15 thousand employees and guests gathered in the empty field to the east of the new medical center to enjoy music performances by Fergie and Lionel Ritchie.
To start the excitement, North Dakota natives Carson Wentz and Josh Duhamel made guest appearances during the preshow. Carson Wentz is currently the quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles and Josh Duhamel is an actor who’s recent move, Transformers: The Last Knight, premiered June 20, one day prior to the celebration. Bob 95’s popular radio crew, Chris, John, and Jane from Chris, John & Jane in the Morning also took stage at the preshow along with the NDSU Cheer Team. A wide range of prizes were thrown to the crowd, including beach balls, sunglasses, and footballs autographed by Carson Wentz. Three grand prizes were also given out to three lucky Sanford employees. The Great Outdoors grand prize featured a tent, Yeti cooler, and sleeping bags. The Fun in the Sun grand prize included a paddle board, floating island, and life vests. The final grand prize, the Backyard Escape, was a complete patio set with a gas fire table. These prizes were announced throughout the event.
Sanford leaders participated in the preshow festivities as well. Current Sanford Executive Vice President of Fargo, Paul Richard, and future Executive Vice President Nate White thanked employees for their commitment and hard work to make the hospital a reality. Kelby Krabbenhoft, CEO and President of Sanford Health, took the stage with Sanford benefactor Denny Sanford to talk about the promises kept to build this hospital back in 2009 when the project was first discussed. North Dakota governor Doug Burgum also joined to talk about the great impact the hospital will have on North Dakota and its citizens.
After a lively preshow performance, the crowd went wild as Fergie took the stage around 7 p.m. The eight-time grammy award winner performed a wide range of songs including a selection from her Black Eyed Peas days and from her newest album, Double Duchess, which was released earlier this year. Josh Duhamel, who happens to be Fergie’s husband, also took the stage for a song, sporting a too-small Carson Wentz jersey and dancing with Fergie’s dancers. He even grabbed Carson Wentz to join him in the fun.
After Fergie’s performance, it was Lionel’s turn to wow the crowd. For the grand finale, Lionel sang “All Night Long” as fireworks exploded in the background. The signature Sanford blue lights that line the top of all Sanford buildings popped on along with the fireworks, commemorating the opening of the medical center.
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Congratulations to all the employees, volunteers and event staff who truly made this concert a night to remember for everyone attending.