Upstate News

November 29, 1999
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

Health Science Center Gala to be held Dec. 4 will benefit clinical research

The Health Science Center Foundation at Syracuse will present its annual gala event Saturday, Dec. 4 to raise money for programs at the Health Science Center (HSC) and University Hospital. Since the first gala in 1989, the event has raised more than $2 million. Formerly called Dancing in the Woods, this year’s gala will bring together members of the Central New York community and members of the HSC to help establish a Clinical Research Support Center.

The gala will be held Dec. 4 at Radisson Plaza, The Hotel Syracuse. Two continuous parties are planned from 8 p.m. until midnight. The Maria DeSantis Band will perform in the Persian Terrace and the Celebration Band will entertain in the Imperial Ballroom. Unreserved seating will be provided in Bernardi’s Bistro with music by Tom Witkowski at the piano. Hors d’oeuvres and desserts will be served throughout the evening.

The Clinical Research Support Center, to be located in the Institute for Human Performance, will expand the availability of the latest treatments for improved health and care of patients. These state-of-the-art treatments would be unavailable to our community without clinical trials.

Co-chairing this years event are HSC Foundation board member Stephen Kimatian and his wife, Janet, who serve as the community chairs; and Dr. Chung T. Chung, professor and chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology, and his wife, Nam Sook, who serve as HSC chairs.

A Patron Party honoring the Auxiliary to the HSC will precede the gala at 7 p.m. in the Persian Terrace. The Auxiliary is a non-profit volunteer organization founded to support the activities of University Hospital and the HSC. For more than 90 years, its members have identified and met patient care and educational needs of Central New Yorkers.

By adhering to its three-fold mission of community service, community education and advocacy, the Auxiliary has enhanced the quality of life in Central New York. Last year, the Auxiliary raised more than $115,000 benefiting more than 45 HSC and community projects. The Auxiliary provides educational scholarships to qualified students in the College of Health Professions and has purchased televisions, videos, VCRs and hardware and software to enhance University Hospital’s patient and family education programs. It has also earned numerous awards and has gained statewide recognition for its We Have A Little Emergency (WHALE) car seat and helmet identification program.

For information on gala tickets, call the Health Science Center Foundation at 464-4416.

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