Hospital Foundation Celebrates First Sponsors, New Theme for 2008 Gala
RichardsonRegionalMedicalCenter Foundation Hosting November 1
Gala to Raise Money for Nonprofit Hospital
The Richardson Regional Medical Center Foundation has received a Gold level sponsorship of $10,000 from Ericsson for its annual fundraising gala to be held on Saturday, November 1, 2008 at the Westin Galleria Dallas. An anonymous donor also has contributed $48,000 to help sponsor the event. The news was celebrated at a kick-off party hosted by Underwriting Co-Chair Karl Chiao and his wife, Catherine, at their University Park home.
Adding to the excitement, organizers have unveiled this year’s new name for the gala, Yellow and Black Tie Gala, to highlight one of the hospital’s major initiatives.
“We wanted yellow to be part of the theme this year to promote cancer awareness and the upcoming opening of the new RichardsonRegionalCancerCenter,” said gala chair Suzanne Bock of Dallas. The new CancerCenter, an affiliate of UT Southwestern Medical Center, will be opening in October at the hospital’s Bush/Renner Campus to serve the North Texas area.
Bock, a member of the Richardson Regional Foundation board and owner of Interphil LLC, a philanthropic and wealth management consulting firm, is passionate about this cause because she was caregiver to a close friend who passed away from leukemia two years ago.
“We traveled long distances for specialized treatment, so I know first-hand how difficult it is to leave home when you are faced with this devastating illness,” said Bock. “I’m honored to be involved with Richardson Regional’s efforts to provide advanced cancer care right here at home.”
Proceeds from the Yellow and Black Tie Gala will not only support the new CancerCenter, but also support other medical technology, research and clinical programs at the hospital. Last year’s gala netted more than $163,000 and was attended by more than 500 area civic and business leaders.
Plano residents Ed Kelly and Linda Armstrong Kelly are serving as this year’s honorary chairs. The couple has devoted their volunteer efforts to help fight cancer and improve medical care available locally. They also are honorary co-chairs of the Foundation’s capital campaign, “Cancer Should Not Have the Last Word.”
(Photo: Karl Chiao, Underwriting co-chair and his wife, Catherine, hosts; Suzanne Bock, Gala Chairman; Robert Witte, Underwriting Co-chair. Photo by Jennifer Baylis)
Mr. Kelly is president of the Foundation Board of Directors. A former IBM executive, he currently serves as Director of Sales for PHNS, a Dallas based company that provides information technology and business office services to hospitals. Ms. Kelly, mother of seven-time Tour de France winner and cancer survivor Lance Armstrong, is an activist, author and motivational speaker. She currently serves on the Richardson Hospital Authority Board.
The Yellow and Black Tie Gala willfeature a cocktail reception, seated dinner, live entertainment and live and silent auctions. Sponsorships, tables of 10, and individual gala tickets, which cost $150 each, are available by calling the Foundation at (972) 498-7678. All sponsorships receive recognition in the Gala program and other promotional opportunities. For more details, visit www.yellowandblacktiegala.com.
The Richardson Regional Medical Center Foundation is a not-for-profit, charitable organization led by 32 business and civic leaders who donate their time, service and expertise to raise funds and awareness for RichardsonRegionalMedicalCenter. Established in 1977, this organization’s fundraising have helped upgrade obstetrical services, establish the Center for Women’s Health, enlarge the Senior Health Center, expand cardiovascular services, and bring the first Novalis®-enhanced linear accelerator in Texas and the seventh in the United States, to the Lance Armstrong Shaped Beam Surgery™ program at the Cancer Center. For more information or to make a donation, call (972) 498-7678 or visit RichardsonRegional.com/Foundation.
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There are about 5 tables left for TASTE OF THE NATION - June 29th
The event will be at FIG across from the Fairmont and behind Stephan Pyles on June 29th. The event is limited to 150 guests. Each star chef serves one table of 10 for the entire evening! If you want to pick your chef it is $7500 or if we assign it for you it is $5000.
More event information Taste of the Nation
Sunday, June 29th
Fashion Industry Gallery
1807 Ross Avenue, Dallas, Texas 6:00 pm – Cocktails
7:00 p.m – Dinner, Auction and Music
The restaurants involved to date are:
RosewoodMansion on Turtle Creek
The French Room
York Street Charlie Palmer
The event raises money – and all of the funds are distributed locally to the North Texas Food Bank and the WilkinsonCenter.
Sponsored Tables will receive:
* A seated dinner for 10 with a 4-course meal with wine pairings provided by a local restaurant – A One on One Dining Experience with these Chef’s (Each table is assigned their own Restaurant/chef)
* Additional Full open bars during the events for all guest.
* A Cocktail hour before the start of the event that evening at Stephan Pyles
* Thank you/Sponsor event prior to this main event date on Thursday, June 19th at Bachendorf’s
* Live Auction/Raffle/Music
* Gift for each guests from a Luxury Retailer (i.e. Neiman Marcus, Kate Spade, Renee Roulou etc – Valued at over $200 a piece for each guest)
* In addition to the Gift bags at the Valet which each guests will receive as well.
* Branding on our Wall of thanks
* Listing/ad in the TON program
* Signage at Table
* Inclusion in Post coverage of Modern Luxury Dallas