WVU Children’s Hospital gala celebrates ‘An Evening in Venice’

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Supporters of West Virginia University Children’s Hospital will celebrate Valentine’s Day with “An Evening in Venice,” the annual fundraising gala, on Feb. 14 at the Waterfront Place Hotel in Morgantown.

In its sixth year, the invitation-only black-tie event begins with a cocktail reception during which attendees can view and bid on silent auction items. During dinner, soprano singer Cristina Fontanelli will perform.

Following dinner, the live auction will begin. In keeping with this year’s theme, one of the featured items up for auction is a trip for four couples to Italy. Other donated auction items include trips to Chicago and Disney World and a Pittsburgh Penguins hockey package that includes four tickets, a limo ride to and from the game and a signed jersey.

After the live auction, gala guests will be entertained by the comedic stylings of John Caponera and will then dance to the music of No Bad Ju Ju featuring Bobby Nicholas.

Blenko Glass donated the pieces that will be displayed on each table. One piece will be auctioned, and gala attendees will have the opportunity to purchase the centerpieces. Classic Furniture in Sabraton donated the wineglasses, which will be filled with Italian chocolate and given to each guest as a favor. Judel Glassware Co. in Salem etched the gala theme, “An Evening in Venice,” on the glasses.

Cheryl Jones, director of WVU Children’s Hospital, said funds from the Morgantown gala, which is WVU Children’s Hospital’s largest local fundraiser, have supported programs such as the Pediatric Ground Transport program. “The want list goes on and on,” she said. Last year and this year, money raised will be used to buy equipment and support various programs.

“Like other fundraising activities, the gala is our way to showcase what we do, and the gift dollars we receive help us do what we do best – take care of women and children,” Jones said. “Those funds really ensure our continued success and that we will always be here for the entire state and beyond.”

A fundraising gala for Children’s Hospital supporters in the Ohio Valley area is scheduled for Aug. 15 in Wheeling.

Each year, WVU Children’s Hospital provides care to more than 7,000 newborns and children, who come from every county in West Virginia and also from Pennsylvania, Maryland and Ohio. On average, 1,600 babies are born annually at WVU Children’s Hospital. Almost three-quarters of the deliveries are high-risk. WVU Children’s Hospital physicians provide care for children at the hospital in Morgantown and at clinics throughout the state.

For information on WVU Children’s Hospital see www.wvukids.com.


For more information:
Angela Jones, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
asj: 01-26-09

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