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Top Hat XXVIII A Great Gatsby Gala

July 15, 2014

Proceeds will help provide Washington Special Care Nursery with the latest in medical equipment

You won’t want to miss the 28th Annual Top Hat Dinner Dance, taking place on Saturday, October 11. You will enjoy a Gatsby themed gala, while helping the tiniest patients of Washington Hospital. Washington Hospital Healthcare Foundation’s annual gala supports programs that improve patient care right here in our community. The evening will feature a hosted cocktail reception followed by an elegant four-course dinner prepared by McCalls Catering of San Francisco. After dinner, guests will dance the night away in the Gatsby Nightclub or enjoy conversation and a nightcap in the Jazz Lounge.

This year, funds raised through the Top Hat Dinner Dance will support the Washington Special Care Nursery. Thanks to a new affiliation with UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, babies born at Washington Hospital now have access to some of the nation’s finest pediatric care through a team of highly trained neonatologists who staff the Washington Special Care Nursery.

We’re pleased that babies who require a higher level of care can be treated locally by specialists from UCSF, an institution with a reputation for providing some of the best neonatal care in the country,” said Nancy Farber, chief executive officer of Washington Hospital Healthcare System. “The affiliation with our special care nursery is another important step toward creating an integrated regional health care network that provides the communities we serve with local access to the wide range of resources of an internationally renowned academic medical center.”

Top Hat honorary co-chairs Rod Silveira and Skip Turner, co-owners of Professional Home Care Associates, and Jan Eric Henstorf, MD, Chief Medical Information Officer, Washington Hospital Health System, hope to raise more than $175,000 for the Washington Special Care Nursery. Their goal is to set a Top Hat record with over 700 people attending the gala to show their support for the babies being cared for at Washington Hospital. Rod Silveira, president-elect of the Foundation, said “we are planning a spectacular evening with fabulous food and top-notch entertainment. Speaking for my co-chairs, we are thrilled at the opportunity to raise funds for the kids in our community. It’s going to be a great evening, I promise. Join us!”

Now in its 28th year, Top Hat has a long history of bringing people together in support of a good cause. First held at the Top of the Mark in San Francisco, it has grown to be an elegant annual celebration in Fremont, raising funds for clinical services in the Tri-City area. Over the years, generous donors and sponsors have contributed more than $1.9 million through Top Hat for health care services at Washington Hospital.

Washington Hospital Healthcare Foundation plays a key role in ensuring Tri-City residents have access to the most advanced medical care available today. It was established in 1983 as a separately incorporated nonprofit organization to enhance the Washington Hospital Healthcare System by raising public awareness and securing financial support. The Foundation helps Washington Hospital meet the community’s health care needs and obtain state-of-the-art medical equipment.

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“The Top Hat Committee is planning an exciting evening for attendees,” said Carol Dutra-Vernaci, president of the Washington Hospital Healthcare Foundation. “Please consider joining us for a fabulous evening and you will feel great having supported the tiniest patients and their families at Washington Hospital.”

The gala will be held on Saturday, October 11. The hosted reception begins at 6 p.m. followed by dinner, entertainment and dancing from 7:30 p.m. to midnight. Sponsorships and individual tickets are now available. Please join us by calling (510) 791-3428, emailing or visiting Find us on Facebook!