Ken Burns to be Keynote Speaker at WakeMed Society of 1961 Appreciation Gala
RALEIGH, N.C. (September 21, 2010) – The WakeMed Foundation is pleased to welcome celebrated filmmaker Ken Burns as the keynote speaker for the annual Society of 1961 Appreciation Gala on November 29.
Burns has been making films for more than 30 years. Since the Academy Award-nominated Brooklyn Bridge in 1981, Burns has directed and produced some of the most acclaimed historical documentaries ever made. His 18-and-a-half hour Baseball series is the most-watched series in PBS history. Some of his other landmark works include The Civil War, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, Lewis and Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery and Jazz.
Many sports fans will be pleased to know that Baseball: The Tenth Inning, an update to his 1994 epic Baseball, will debut September 28.
The WakeMed Foundation hosts this annual recognition event for The Society of 1961 members who are the major supporters of the hospital, having contributed more than $1,250 annually. Previous presenters at the annual dinner include Bob Costas, Cokie and Steve Roberts, Walter Cronkite, Colin Powell, Tom Brokaw and Bob and Lee Woodruff. The proceeds from this year's event will benefit the expansion of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the recently opened WakeMed Children’s Hospital.
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.