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25th Anniversary Gala to Celebrate History and “Happily Ever After”

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Surrounded by history, detailed decorations and costume-clad participants, guests of the 25th annual Golisano Children’s Hospital Gala, set for Saturday, Oct. 20, will feel as though they are walking through the magical tale of the Department of Pediatrics and Golisano Children’s Hospital. The storybook-themed event at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center will not only commemorate the advancements of the children’s hospital and department, but will also allow attendees to look ahead to another two-and-a-half decades of fairy-tale like success.

Cocktail hour for the black-tie event will kick-off at 6 p.m. The dinner program, which begins at 8 p.m., will be emceed by children’s hospital board vice chair, Howie Jacobson, and will honor several former chairs of the department, recognizing how each furthered pediatric medical care in our region and world-wide. From Robert J. Haggerty, M.D., and Robert A. Hoekelman, M.D., who both recognized the importance of community pediatrics, to David H. Smith, M.D., who helped to develop the Hib vaccine that has saved the lives of countless children all over the world, these former chairs have certainly had an impact on pediatric medical history. Elizabeth R. McAnarney, M.D., and Nina F. Schor, M.D., Ph.D., whose work with and commitment to children and adolescents has helped them overcome many challenges, have also demonstrated devotion as chairs to making the Department of Pediatrics and Golisano Children’s Hospital ever better.

Golisano Children’s Hospital’s new $100 million campaign and new hospital has ushered in a new era for the hospital, advancing the ability to build upon past achievements and modernize the facility for the 21st century. The campaign, which launched publicly in October 2011, supports major enhancements to several pediatric programs. The effort is part of the University of Rochester Medical Center’s $650 million campaign and the overall $1.2 billion goal of The Meliora Challenge: The Campaign for the University of Rochester.

The Gala is Golisano Children’s Hospital’s largest annual fundraiser. Gala attendees will be able to participate in both a silent and live auction to benefit the children’s hospital. The live auction will take place after the dinner program. Guests will be asked to raise their paddles for a happily-ever-after storybook ending, guaranteeing many more years of medical achievements to come. 

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