Valentine’s Day came early for 525 generous guests at the 8th annual ‘Straight from the Heart’ Red-Tie Gala at LaCentre in Westlake on Sat. Feb. 11.
Over $200,000 was raised for Cleveland Clinic Regional Heart Centers to provide the most comprehensive resources available for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart disease.
“In partnership with each other and with the Cleveland Clinic, our hospitals continue to share best practices and resources to ensure excellence in our programs and our cardiac outcomes,” said Victor Hall, Vice President, Western Region Cleveland Clinic. “Taking excellent care of our patients is our number one priority.”
Sponsored by Community West Foundation and Fairview, Lakewood and Lutheran Hospitals, the event again honored the tradition of providing significant financial support to Fairview, Lakewood and Lutheran Hospitals. This support fuels these hospitals to better respond to the cardiovascular needs of the community through the acquisition of new techniques, technologies, services, and the expansion of community outreach programs designed to promote heart-healthy living. The new programs further position the Heart Centers as the premier facilities to receive treatment and care for heart disease.
The gala fund-raiser also means first rate fun for guests. 40 truly fabulous raffle prizes took top billing for this red-carpet event!
The top prize of $100,000 was taken home by a surprised and grateful Renee Wheaton, a Marymount Hospital employee who was in attendance at the event and tearfully took the stage to receive the truly ‘grand’ prize from Fred DeGrandis, Cleveland Clinic Community Physician Partnership and Quality Alliance, and Monica Robins, WKYC-TV Senior Health Correspondent.
39 other terrific prizes ranged from luxury car leases and cash awards up to $10,000, to fabulous cruises and trips to Cancun, Walt Disney World and Las Vegas. The raffle drum rolled expectantly as David T. Dombrowiak, President and CEO, community
West Foundation, was joined by Jan Murphy, President, Fairview Hospital, and Dr. Robert Weil, President, Lakewood Hospital, in happily calling out the winners.
Secondary raffles with great prizes like fine diamond jewelry and an authentic Eli Manning autographed New York Giants football helmet added to the fun.
With other major sponsorship coming from Alego Health and CBRE Healthcare Services, guests were assured their support of ‘Straight from the Heart’ assists the hospitals in continuing to provide the very best in the in the treatment of heart disease.
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