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WWGH Foundation Hosts Gala 2007

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Walla Walla General Hospital (WWGH) will hold its fifth annual gala benefit at the Marcus Whitman Hotel and Conference Center in downtown Walla Walla on Sunday, November 18, at 6 pm. The evening will include dinner, a live auction and speaker Steve Ford. Proceeds will go toward the women's center portion of a new medical office building, designed to enhance the comprehensive, holistic care the hospital provides.

"The Gala is a celebration of our partnership with our community," says Monty Knittel, WWGH president and CEO. "It's a chance to enjoy an elegant evening with people who share our interest in improving health care options in the Walla Walla Valley."

You may recognize guest Steve Ford from television ("The Young and the Restless," "Secret Service," "Suddenly Susan," "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman," "The Sentinel"), from films ("When Harry Met Sally," "Black Hawk Down," "Heat," "Armageddon") or from his real-life role as the son of former President Gerald Ford. He's also a popular speaker, appreciated for telling great stories and sharing unique insights.

The evening's live auction will feature 10 premium experience packages, including an eight-day Mexican Riviera cruise for two, a Wallowa retreat for two, and golfers' getaways to Portland and Bend.

Proceeds from Gala 2006 helped purchase equipment that enhanced the birthing experience for the hundreds of families the hospital’s OB department serves annually. In 2005, proceeds went toward Balance Master equipment, used to determine why a patient is having trouble balancing and to help patients reduce their risk of serious falls. Proceeds from the hospital’s first gala purchased bi-phasic defibrillators, an equipment upgrade that tremendously improved the hospital’s ability to take life-saving action more quickly.

Ticket purchasers are eligible to enter a drawing for a makeover at Misbehaven Spa and Salon, title sponsor of Gala 2007.

Tickets will be available until November 14 through Walla Walla General Hospital Foundation, (509)-527-8300.