An event that has become a popular way to celebrate Valentine's Day and to raise money to help fill the healthcare needs of the area is coming.

The Hannibal Regional Hospital Foundation's 5th annual Sweetheart Swing comes to the Quality Inn & Suites in Hannibal on Friday, February 14. The evening features dinner and dancing to the music of the Gateway City Big Band. This year, proceeds from the Sweetheart Swing go to the HelpingHearts Fund, which assists the Hannibal Regional Hospital Cardiology Department in purchasing equipment and services for patients undergoing cardiac rehabilitation.

Reservations are required for the Sweetheart Swing. The cost is $50 per person or $300 for a table of eight. For more information or to make your reservation, call 573-629-3577 or go to

Wendy Harrington is the President and CEO of the Hannibal Regional Hospital Foundation. She was a recent guest on KHMO's Talk Back: