By Lynda Hirsch

May 20, 2017 4 min read

"General Hospital" annual Nurses Ball will begin airing May 22. It will be sponsored by Burt's Bees. The history of the Nurses Ball runs deep. Robin Scorpio-Drake's (Kimberly McCullough) first love, Stone, contacted AIDS. Robin not only had to mourn his death she had to deal with being diagnosed with HIV. Thanks to Dr. Alan Quartermaine (Stuart Damon) she found a life saving protocol. In those days AIDS was considered a death sentence. "GH" continues to have Robin deal with her rich life as a doctor, mother and wife, all while dealing with her HIV.

"We are thrilled to bring back the Nurses Ball this year and delighted to be working with Burt's Bees as our corporate sponsor," said Vicki Dummer, head of ABC Current Series Programming. "The Nurses Ball brings awareness to AIDS research while giving our multi-talented cast a chance to showcase their vocal talents."

"This will be GH's 13th Nurses Ball, and each year our wonderful viewers have come to expect plenty of music, dance, glamour and of course an abundance of drama. This year will be extra special, as we'll have several tribute performances honoring the work of contemporary artists who have recently passed away, including David Bowie," said "General Hospital" executive producer Frank Valentini. "There are a lot of amazing performances and special appearances in the works. You won't want to miss it!"

This year, multitalented actor and host of "Extra," Mario Lopez, will make his be alongside Port Charles' media expert, Nina Clay-Cassadine (Michelle Stafford), on the red carpet as they welcome viewers to this unforgettable night. In addition to the graceful gowns and tasteful tuxedos, viewers can expect some familiar faces and surprise cameos. Among others, KABC Los Angeles entertainment reporter George Pennacchio will return to the red carpet for his fifth appearance. Those in the know say that several storylines will be kicked off, with many resolved and answers given. Also the return of a major character will have an impact on the denizens of Port Charles.

For over 25 years, Jennifer Bassey played Marion on "All My Children." Now the actress is headed to "General Hospital." No date or character name has been revealed. When the Daytime Emmy Awards were in New York, Bassey would host a party on her rooftop garden in Manhattan. A few years ago, her husband of 30 years died. She joined a group for survivors. She was so inspired that she decided to train to help others deal with their grief. After her training, she met 72-year-old actor George Bamford, who lost his wife of 50 years. Bassey said she did not expect to find love. She felt blessed to have it once. She felt the same connection she had with her late husband. Recently, Bamford proposed and the couple is planning a wedding.

In 2015, "Days of Our Lives" Ciara Brady went from a bratty 6-year-old to a teenage troublemaker. Vivian Jovanni took over the role. In two years the character was raped and watched her beloved father, Bo, return from the dead, only to die again. She was the central figure in the teen storyline. Learning that the man of her dreams, Wyatt, is a poser hired by Theo to make her happy, Ciara decided to leave town. On May 26, Jovanni and Ciara will say goodbye to Salem. So far — and the show is taped six month in advance — Ciara has not been recast.

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