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Legendary Comedian Jay Leno to Perform at WakeMed 50th Anniversary Gala

RALEIGH, N.C. (November 28, 2011) – WakeMed Health & Hospitals is pleased to announce legendary comedian Jay Leno will perform during a special night of dinner, dancing and laughter at WakeMed’s 50th Anniversary Gala presented by the WakeMed Foundation Society of 1961 and Wells Fargo.

The event will take place Saturday, December 10 at the Raleigh Convention Center. This year’s Gala will be the WakeMed Foundation’s largest event to date. More than 1,000 guests are expected to attend, double the attendance of previous years.

The WakeMed Foundation hosts an annual recognition event for the Society of 1961 members who are the major supporters of the hospital contributing more than $1,350 annually. Society members will be able to attend a special reception prior to the event, benefit from preferred seating, and receive recognition in the event program.

This year, a limited number of 50th anniversary tickets will also be sold to the public for $250 per person. Tickets are available at foundation.wakemed.org.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the expansion of the WakeMed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). WakeMed’s NICU offers the highest level of neonatal intensive care to the region’s premature and critically ill newborns. The fundraising campaign will be used to enhance facilities and expand the NICU from 36 to 48 beds, offering more space for families and staff to care for newborn babies.

Previous presenters at the annual Society of 1961 Appreciation Galas include Ken Burns, Cal Ripken, Bob Costas, Cokie and Steve Roberts, Walter Cronkite, Colin Powell, Tom Brokaw and Bob and Lee Woodruff.

About WakeMed Foundation

WakeMed Foundation is the charitable resource for WakeMed Health & Hospitals, an 870-bed not-for-profit health care organization comprising a network of facilities throughout Wake and Johnston Counties. The WakeMed system includes a Level I Trauma Center and tertiary referral hospital and rehabilitation hospital in Raleigh, a community hospital in Cary, outpatient centers with freestanding emergency department in North Raleigh and Apex, seven outpatient rehabilitation sites, skilled-nursing and outpatient facilities Fuquay-Varina and Zebulon, a 100+-physician multispecialty practice, and home health services. The WakeMed Foundation supports the health system in its commitment to providing quality healthcare to all citizens of the community. The WakeMed Foundation is dedicated to building support for WakeMed Health & Hospitals through leadership development, fund raising and educational awareness as the health and hospitals system meets the needs for quality health care programs and services for all citizens of the community.


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