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Botsford Gala Nets Hospital More Than $250,000

Farmington Hills, Mich. (November 19, 2010)---The Botsford Foundation’s major fundraising event for the year, the Autumn Gala, held Saturday, November 13, successfully raised more than $255,000 in net proceeds to help support facility renewal, innovation, technology and enhanced patient care at Botsford Hospital. 
 
“Our generous donors made the Gala a wonderful success. The festive setting not only contributed to this year’s success but also enhances our vision of this event as the cornerstone of our fund development program,” said Margo Gorchow, Executive Director of The Botsford Foundation. 
 
The Gala, held at the MGM Grand Hotel, included a special recognition of Botsford family practice physicians. Three members of the Botsford Medical Staff attending the Gala had achieved 25 years of service with the hospital during 2010 and received commemorative plaques. They were Carolyn D. Nelson, D.O., Robert J. Gordon, D.O. and Melody M. MacMartin, D.O.; all specialize in the practice of Family Medicine. 
 
Four hundred and twenty five attendees took part in the opening reception and silent auction, dinner and dancing. Paul LaCasse, D.O., President and CEO of Botsford Health Care and Michael Rebock, D.O., President, Botsford Medical Staff provided welcoming remarks and presented plaques to the 25-year milestone physicians. Music was provided by the Rick Leider Band. 
 
Among the event sponsors were the Botsford Medical Staff, Residential Home Health, Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, ACS Healthcare Solutions - A Xerox Company and Sodexo Health Care. 
 
 
SIDEBAR: Silent Auction Raises More Than $25,000 
 
 
A silent auction is the traditional center of attention at the Botsford Autumn Gala. The practice continued this year with 75 items generating excitement and competition among attendees.  
 
This year’s event featured handcrafted jewelry and other items some of which were donated by the hospital’s medical staff, sports tickets and memorabilia, trips, and a variety of other items. A highlight of the auction, and top fundraiser for the evening, was a packaged trip featuring items assembled by a group of Botsford supporters. It included two tickets to see the Late Show with David Letterman at the Historic Ed Sullivan Theater in New York donated by Dr. Marshall Solomon and Suzanne Shawn, a $500 Marriott gift certificate donated by Patrick Tigue and Sodexo Health Care and two-round trip plane tickets and spending cash donated by Cadillac Travel.  
 
“Each of these items could have stood alone as perfectly acceptable auction items. Packaging them together to create an “all-expense paid trip” made it a real winner,” said Marla Kaminsky, Botsford Foundation development associate and manager of the auction portion of the event.  

Botsford Hospital is a multi-specialty 330 bed hospital and verified trauma center located in Farmington Hills, Michigan. The campus also houses an imaging center and a comprehensive care cancer center. Botsford Hospital is also home to an extensive medical education program and is part of Michigan State University's statewide campus system. Botsford Hospital each year cares for approximately 16,000 inpatients and more than 60,000 emergency and trauma patients with a team of 2,500 employees, 300 volunteers and more than 600 physicians. A not-for-profit hospital, Botsford provided almost $10.5 million in community benefit during its 2011 fiscal year.

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