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Legendary Gladys Knight to Perform at the WakeMed Foundation Society of 1961 Appreciation Gala

RALEIGH, N.C. (November 8, 2012) – The WakeMed Foundation will host a special evening with seven-time Grammy winning entertainer Gladys Night on Saturday, December 1. The event will take place at the Raleigh Convention Center featuring dinner, dancing and, of course, an unforgettable performance by the “Empress of Soul.”

The WakeMed Foundation hosts an annual recognition event for members of the Society of 1961, named in honor of WakeMed’s founding year, who are the major supporters of the hospital contributing more than $1,350 annually. Founded in 1995, the members have contributed more than $22 million to fund a wide variety of capital and special projects in support of WakeMed Health & Hospitals’ mission to provide outstanding and compassionate care to all those that seek our services.

Proceeds from 2012 donation efforts will benefit several WakeMed facilities and services, including the WakeMed Children's Hospital and the WakeMed Cary Hospital Women's Patient Resource Center.

Gladys Knight joins an impressive list of special guests that have appeared at the Society of 1961 Appreciation Galas over the years, including include Jay Leno, Ken Burns, Cal Ripken, Bob Newhart, Bob Costas, Cokie and Steve Roberts, Walter Cronkite, Colin Powell, Tom Brokaw and Bob and Lee Woodruff.

For more information or to join the WakeMed Foundation’s Society of 1961, please visit foundation.wakemed.org.

About WakeMed Foundation
WakeMed Foundation is the charitable resource for WakeMed Health & Hospitals, supporting 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. Since its inception in 1994, the WakeMed Foundation’s fundraising efforts have supported a number of programs, services, and growth projects at WakeMed, including the Children’s Hospital, Children’s Emergency Department, Heart Center, Women’s Pavilion & Birthplace – Raleigh & Cary, The Health Park at WakeMed Rehab, Women’s Services at North Healthplex and Cary Hospital, Neonatal Intensive Care Units in Raleigh & Cary, Expansion of Emergency Services, Imaging Services and Mobile Critical Care Services.

About WakeMed Health & Hospitals
WakeMed Health & Hospitals 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. 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 8,300 employees, 1,000 volunteers, more than 1,000 affiliated physicians, and 150 physicians employed by WakeMed Physician Practices serve the residents of North Carolina using the most advanced technologies to ensure the finest in health care. For more information, visit www.wakemed.org.

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