Ten community leaders who were instrumental in the establishment of Western Connecticut Health Network will be honored Nov. 12 at the network's annual ball.

The black-tie ball, "An Evening in the Emerald City," will be held at the Amber Room Colonnade in Danbury.

Danbury Hospital, New Milford Hospital and their affiliates joined Oct. 1, 2010, to become Western Connecticut Health Network, the region's premier health care system.

Members of the Affiliation Task Force, which was responsible for the successful integration and smooth transition into a network dedicated to patient-centered care, teaching and research, will be honored.

The 2011 Distinguished Service Award recipients are Dr. Alphonse Altorelli of New Milford, Anthea Disney of Litchfield, David Cyganowski of Bronxville, N.Y., Kenneth Hecken of New Preston, Spencer Houldin of Roxbury, Jay Lent of Newtown, John Kline of Bethel, John Martocci of Newtown, James Preston of Litchfield and Joseph Skrzypczak of Newtown.

"Our success as a fully integrated network can only be attributed to the dedication, time and expertise of the Affiliation Task Force," said Dr. John Murphy, president and CEO of Western Connecticut Health Network. "We owe a debt of gratitude to these exemplary community leaders."

Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will start at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 8:30 p.m. and dancing until midnight.

Tickets are $250 per person.

Patron, benefactor and other sponsorship opportunities are available.

For tickets and sponsorships, call the foundation office in Danbury at 203-739-7227 or in New Milford at 860-350-7345.