Oct. 25: Raise money for Arthritis Foundation at Columbus Bone Bash

The second annual Columbus Bone Bash, a night of thrills and chills with costumes, dancing and games, is tonight at the RiverMill Event Centre. Bone Bash guests will be treated to hors d'oeuvres by Chef Jamie Keating, a signature Bone Bash drink and music by T3IO. The Arthritis Foundation fundraiser raises money for research as well as local programs and services, and increases awareness of the prevalence of arthritis in local communities.

When: 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25 with the Witching Hour 6-7 p.m. for VIP ticketholders

Where: RiverMill Event Centre

Tickets: $50 general admission at the door; VIP Tickets $100

Notes: The event is presented by St. Francis Hospital and Hughston Clinic with the honoree being Dr. Bobbi Farber, Chief Medical Officer, St. Francis Hospital. The group's fundraising goal is $54,000. The first Bone Bash Ball in Columbus in 2011 raised nearly $35,000.

Facts about arthritis:

Arthritis hurts someone you know.

Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States.

50 million Americans have a form of arthritis, with 300,000 children under the age of 17 affected by juvenile arthritis.

In Georgia, 1.6 million adults and nearly 9,200 children have a doctor-diagnosed form of arthritis.

No one is immune to this disease.

The term "arthritis" encompasses more than 100 diseases and conditions that affect joints, the surrounding tissues and other connective tissues.

The various forms of arthritis and related conditions can affect anyone, no matter what your race, gender or age.

Arthritis affects women at a much higher rate than men. Sixty percent of all people who have arthritis are female, and several of the more common forms are more prevalent in women.

The cost to the economy is staggering.

Each year, arthritis results in:

39 million physician visits

744,000 hospitalizations

$128 billion in costs of treatment, lost wages and associated costs

The Arthritis Foundation’s local offices assist thousands of individuals and families each year through empowering programs and information. The organization is the world’s largest private nonprofit funder of arthritis research, investing more than $450 million in strategic initiatives resulting in treatments that have given mobility back to countless patients. Information is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-568-4045 or arthritis.org a silent auction throughout this frightfully fun night. Presented by St. Francis Hospital and Hughston Clinic.