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Gala co-chaired by Donovan and Raquel McNabb benefits Children’s Health

Virtua Gala 2010

Pictured at the Virtua Gala benefiting the John M. Tedeschi Pediatric Institute are (left to right): Ron Weiss of Corporate Synergies Group (presenting sponsor); Donovan McNabb, honorary co-chairman; Richard Miller, Virtua president and CEO; Dr. John M. Tedeschi; and Dr. Al Ferrari, Virtua Foundation chairman.

The 2010 Virtua Gala raised more than $550,000 to benefit Virtua’s John M. Tedeschi Pediatric Institute. Held at the Borgata Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, NJ on Saturday, March 6, the Gala raised more money than any other fundraising event in Virtua’s history. The Gala’s record proceeds result from the support of more than 170 sponsors and advertisers and 1,060 guests. Ron Weiss and Corporate Synergies Group served as the presenting sponsor of Virtua’s gala event for the seventh consecutive year.

“I am grateful to Corporate Synergies Group and all of the sponsors and contributors that have made the 2010 Gala a monumental success,” said Richard Miller, president and CEO of Virtua. “The funds raised from the event will have a significant impact on the patients and families we serve.”

NFL Pro Bowl Quarterback Donovan McNabb and his wife Raquel served as honorary co-chairs of the Virtua fundraiser. The McNabbs, who chose Virtua as the birthplace of their four children, have partnered with Virtua to raise funds to support the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Virtua’s new hospital in Voorhees. The NICU is part of the Tedeschi Pediatric Institute.

Virtua’s John M. Tedeschi Pediatric Institute is designed to improve the health of children in the region and nationwide. The $25 million philanthropic and programmatic endeavor connects Virtua's comprehensive pediatric program of excellence with a robust research arm that seeks out and employs evidence-based best practices in pediatric care. The Institute is named for Dr. John M. Tedeschi, one of the region’s most respected and beloved pediatricians who has dedicated his life to the health and well-being of children.

“The mission of the Pediatric Institute is to keep children healthy and reduce inappropriate hospitalizations by ensuring that the highest level of wellness and preventative care is available in every community throughout New Jersey and beyond,” said John M. Tedeschi, M.D. “The funds raised through the Gala bring us closer to meeting our goal to raise $25 million to support the Institute’s mission.”

For more information about the Virtua Gala or the John M. Tedeschi Pediatric Institute, contact the Virtua Foundation at 856-355-0830 or e-mail VHF@virtua.org.

As one of New Jersey’s largest health systems, Virtua helps people be well, get well and stay well through a comprehensive range of health care services. Services are delivered through three health and wellness centers, three fitness centers, four acute care hospitals, primary and specialty physician practices with more than 240 physicians, urgent care centers, seven ambulatory surgery centers, home health services, two long-term care and rehabilitation centers, 12 paramedic units and a wide range of outpatient services. A leader in maternal and child health services, Virtua delivers more than 8,000 babies a year. Virtua also provides employment and wellness services to 1,700 businesses and corporations. An innovator in clinical and information technology such as electronic medical records, Virtua is recognized for its ground-breaking partnerships with GE Healthcare, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the Fox Chase Cancer Center. Virtua employs more than 8,400 people and has been honored as the #1 Best Place to Work in the Delaware Valley every year since 2007. It is the recipient of the Consumer Choice Award from the National Research Corporation. For more information, visit  www.virtua.org or www.virtuabroadcastnetwork.org.