WVU Children’s Hospital to Host Annual Gala     

Morgantown, W.Va. –West Virginia University Children’s Hospital will host its annual Valentine’s gala this Saturday, February 11 at the Radisson Hotel in Morgantown. This year’s gala, Le Bal Parisien, marks the third anniversary of the event, which has raised more than $70,000 for the hospital each year. More than 45 area business and individuals have pledged their sponsorship to Le Bal Parisien and nearly 500 guests are expected at the black-tie event.

“We are amazed by the community’s response to this event every year,” said Peggy Myers-Smith, the manager of development programs at WVUCH, “and this year was no different. The support from businesses and individuals throughout Morgantown and the surrounding area is truly overwhelming.”

The evening will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will consist of a cocktail hour, gourmet dinner, entertainment, and dancing to the Bobby Nicholas Band. Guests will also have the opportunity to bid on glamorous items during a silent auction. Auction items were donated by area businesses.

“It is a wonderful event,” said Myers-Smith. “An event of this magnitude it exactly what Morgantown residents crave. With the help of our generous sponsors and guests, WVU Children’s Hospital has proven that you don’t have to leave Morgantown to experience an elegant evening.”

All tickets for Le Bal Parisien have been sold. Information regarding the 2007 gala will be announced at a later date.

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For more information:
Sarah Opel, (304) 598-4346 ext. 4
so: 02-10-05

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