Cancer Center Gala to Celebrate Start of Expansion

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. — A best-selling author and former White House chef will be featured at the 22nd Annual Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center Gala, held at The Greenbrier, April 27-29.

Jeannette Walls, celebrity gossip columnist for MSNBC.com and author of The Glass Castle, is the guest speaker at the gala, the single largest fundraiser for West Virginia University’s cancer center. Her memoir describes her tumultuous childhood growing up in the southwest and West Virginia.

Gala participants will also get a taste of what it would be like to dine with the U.S. President.  Walter Scheib, former White House executive chef, will create unique cuisine that has satisfied the palates of the Clintons, Bushes and countless world leaders for more than a decade.

As construction continues for expansion of the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, participants will celebrate the growth of the facility and its impact on healthcare in West Virginia.  

“Building the best for West Virginia’s premier cancer center is our ongoing mission,” said John E. Prescott, M.D., interim director of the MBRCC and dean of the WVU School of Medicine.  “Now that construction is in full swing, we are literally seeing the blueprint for our future take shape.”

The $20-million project calls for a 90,000 – square - foot expansion of the current center.  It will double the size of the existing patient clinic areas and provide new research and laboratory areas for physicians and scientists.

The 2007 Cancer Center Gala will also include a tennis clinic, golf and sporting clays tournaments, and will culminate with a black tie dinner dance featuring the sounds of the Benny Benack Swing Band at 8:30 Saturday evening.

Registration is $300 per person.  Due to high demand, reservations should be made as soon as possible.  Accommodations are available through The Greenbrier.

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For more information:
Steve Bovino, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087

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