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November 16, 2010
Doretta Royer 315 464-4833

Upstate Gala, to benefit cancer care, research, is Dec. 11

SYRACUSE, N.Y. —The Upstate Gala, Upstate Medical University’s chief fundraising event, will be held Dec. 11 and benefit the Upstate Cancer Center and the Upstate Cancer Research Institute.

The Upstate Gala 2010 will be held from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. at the Hotel Syracuse, 500 S. Warren St., Syracuse. A prelude party at the hotel will precede the Gala at 6:30 p.m.

Co-chairs of the Gala are Leslie Kohman, M.D., and Jeff Smith, of Syracuse, and Theresa and Brian Underwood of Manlius.

The Gala also will feature food; live music in four areas of the hotel by Entourage, The DeSantis Band, DeSantis Jazz, and the Piano Lounge; casino games; and entertainment provided by an illusionist and a tarot card reader.

Proceeds from the gala will go to benefit the Upstate Cancer and the Cancer Research Institute. Expected to open in September 2013, the Upstate Cancer Center will be a five-story $74-million facility that will bring all of the university’s outpatient pediatric and adult cancer services under one roof. The Upstate Cancer Research Institute serves as the hub of tens of millions of dollars of research activity, most of it aimed at finding new cancer treatments. The CRI will collaborate closely with Upstate’s planned Cancer Center.

For more information on the gala, call 315-464-4416 or visit

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