WakeMed News Releases

April 13, 2010
Saks, WakeMed Foundation and Models For Charity Host Spring 2010 Fashion Show April 15th

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 13, 2010) – Models For Charity, a local organization that hosts and participates in fundraisers for Triangle charities, the WakeMed Foundation and Saks have teamed up to host a show featuring daytime to evening wear at the Spring 2010 Fashion Show.

Featuring dozens of designer looks for men and women from Saks Fifth Avenue, the event is set for Thursday, April 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Saks in the Triangle Town Center. The fashion show benefits WakeMed Foundation’s Just for Kids Kampaign, raising funds for WakeMed Children’s Hospital, which opens in May.

Heating up the runway with the models will be some of the area’s leading pediatric specialists, including Tara Bastek, MD, neonatologist; Jerry Bernstein, MD, pediatrician from Raleigh Pediatric Associates; Jamila Fletcher, MD, pediatrician with Raleigh Children and Adolescent Medicine; Travis Honeycutt, MD, WakeMed Pediatric Intensivist; Duncan Phillips, MD, Pediatric Surgeon; and Ed Piqueras, MD, Wake Emergency Physicians.

“We are thrilled to partner with Models For Charity to benefit WakeMed’s Just for Kids Kampaign, to raise funds for the new Children’s Hospital,” said Cara Fratto, Saks Fifth Avenue Marketing Director. “It’s important for our children to have the services they need for proper pediatric care.”

Enjoy an evening of wine and hors d’oeuvres, with a silent auction offering jewelry, spa packages, bed and breakfast stays and more. “Attendees of the fashion show will also enjoy 15 percent off any purchases that night, with 5 percent of all sales during the evening benefiting WakeMed Children’s Hospital,” Fratto said.

Foundation staff will be on hand to answer questions about the new hospital, and medical director Dr. Mark Piehl will offer remarks. A public grand opening for WakeMed Children’s Hospital, located on the WakeMed Raleigh campus, will be held May 23 from 1 to 5 p.m. The hospital features a pediatric intensive care unit, a Level IV intensive care nursery and private inpatient rooms, and offers a wide range of pediatric services.

Tickets to the Spring 2010 Fashion Show are $45 each. To purchase tickets in advance, or for more information, visit ModelsForCharityRaleigh.com or call (919) 834-6199.

About Models For Charity:
Models for Charity is an organization of professional men and women in the Triangle who raise money for local charities through modeling. Our Models team consists of local business owners and entrepreneurs who share a common goal of using their talents to benefit Triangle charities that need our help. We benefit these charities by hosting fundraisers and volunteering and attending fundraisers held by other organizations. Additionally, each Model that participates in any paid event has agreed to donate at least 25% of income earned at that event to a local charity with the tax benefit going to the employer hiring the model. For more information, contact Michelle Congleton at 919.801.8778 or michelle@congletonlawnc.com, or visit ModelsForCharityRaleigh.com.

About Saks Fifth Avenue:
Since opening its doors in 1924, Saks Fifth Avenue has been the destination for the ultimate shopping experience. Unparalleled for style, selection, and service, Saks Fifth Avenue features the finest in women's and men's designer collections, sportswear, shoes, accessories, cosmetics, fragrances, and jewelry - all complemented by the store's legendary brand of customer service. Currently, there are 57 Saks Fifth Avenue stores nationwide, including the celebrated Fifth Avenue flagship. Today you may also visit our website at www.saks.com.

About WakeMed Health & Hospitals:
WakeMed Health & Hospitals, one of the first hospital systems in the country, is a private, not-for-profit health care organization based in Raleigh, N.C. The 870-bed system comprises a network of health care facilities throughout Wake and Johnston Counties, including: a Level I Trauma Center and tertiary referral hospital and rehabilitation hospital in Raleigh, a community hospital in Cary, comprehensive outpatient centers and freestanding emergency departments in North Raleigh and Apex, seven outpatient rehabilitation sites, two skilled-nursing and outpatient facilities, a 100+-physician multispecialty practice, and home health services. The system includes accredited Chest Pain Centers and Joint Commission-certified Stroke Center. Throughout the system, there are an additional 60 beds under construction and 41 newly approved by the state. WakeMed also provides management services for Betsy Johnson Regional Hospital in Dunn, NC. Centers of excellence include cardiac and vascular care, women’s and children’s services, physical rehab, emergency and trauma, orthopedics, neurosciences, home care and numerous wellness and community outreach programs. WakeMed’s team of 7,000 nurses, technologists and medical support staff and more than 1,000 affiliated physicians serve the residents of North Carolina using the most advanced technologies and facilities to ensure the finest in health care.

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