“An Evening of Elegance” on May 21 features The Commodores

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – They may be “easy like Sunday morning,” but the Commodores will be working hard on the night of Saturday, May 21 when they take to the stage at the West Virginia University Children’s Hospital Gala at the Morgantown Event Center at Waterfront Place.

For the eighth annual black-tie event, guests will partake in “An Evening of Elegance,” which begins at 5:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception and silent auction. At 7 p.m., Richard Vaughan, M.D., professor and chair of the WVU Department of Surgery, will receive the WVU Children’s Hospital Award and the Friends of WVU Hospitals will receive the WVU Children’s Hospital Community Leader Award. Wyatt Smith, West Virginia’s 2011 Children’s Miracle Network Champion Child, will share his story about cystic fibrosis and the care he received at WVU Children’s Hospital.

Following dinner at 7:30 p.m., guests will have the opportunity to participate in a live auction that features several big ticket items, including a Tuscan getaway, escape to Puerto Rico, instant wine cellar, a 12-month fine dining package, jewelry and an autographed Taylor Swift guitar.

The Soul Train Dancers will take the stage at 9:30 p.m. followed by the Commodores at 10 p.m. The Grammy Award-winning band will perform some of its greatest hits, including “Easy,” “Just to Be Close to You” and “Brickhouse.”

“This is our largest fundraiser in terms of the number of people involved and money raised for a single event. We are so grateful that we have such an amazing network of supporters who come out year after year to make this event a success,” Cheryl Jones, R.N., director of WVU Children’s Hospital, said. “The money raised from this event supports our programs and allows us to buy the equipment we need to provide cutting-edge care to every child who walks through our doors.”

This year’s gala is open to the public. Those interested in attending can purchase tickets online at www.wvuchgala.com or by contacting Andrea Parsons, WVU Children’s Hospital development officer, at 304-598-4346 ext. 5 or parsonsa@wvuhealthcare.com.

For more information: Angela Jones, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
asj: 05-10-11