WVU Children’s Hospital to host annual gala

Kool and the Gang perform at April 24 event

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Celebrate good times, come on! Grammy Award winning Kool and the Gang will be the featured performers at this year’s West Virginia University Children’s Hospital Gala, April 24, at the Morgantown Event Center at Waterfront Place.

This year, which marks the seventh year for the black-tie event, WVU Children’s Hospital supporters will gather for an evening of “Celebration.” It kicks off at 5:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception and silent auction. Nearly 200 donated items will be on the silent auction block. They include autographed sports and music memorabilia, weekend getaway packages and gift certificates to various area businesses.

At 7 p.m., the WVU Children’s Hospital program will begin with an award ceremony honoring an outstanding healthcare professional and a community partner who has been a strong supporter of WVU Children’s Hospital throughout the years.

Following dinner, several big ticket items will be part of an exciting  live auction, including an Atlantic City adventure package, a Disney family vacation, an escape to Tuscany, a Pittsburgh Penguins hockey night, a Honeywell Security System and an Outer Banks beach escape.

The Celebration Dancers will take the stage at 9:30 p.m. followed by Kool and the Gang at 10 p.m. The band will be playing some of its greatest hits, including “Celebration,” “Get Down On It” and “Too Hot.”

Cheryl Jones, R.N., director of WVU Children’s Hospital, said the annual gala is the biggest fundraiser for the hospital in terms of the number of people involved and money raised for a single event.

“Like all of our fundraisers, we use the money raised from the gala to support our programs, such as our Pediatric Ground Transport and Child Life programs, and to buy the state-of-the-art equipment we need to provide high quality healthcare to children from West Virginia and the surrounding region,” she said.

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 more information on the gala see www.wvuchgala.com or contact Andrea Parsons, development officer for WVU Children’s Hospital, at 304-598-4346 ext. 5 or parsonsa@wvuh.com.

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


For more information:
Angela Jones, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
asj: 04-09-10

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