Families embrace, nurture and treasure their traditions, which become anticipated annual events in their lives, stringing the years together. The employees and extended family of Monongahela Valley Hospital will celebrate one of the organization’s most nostalgic and anticipated traditions: the Twenty-Fourth Annual Gala, on Saturday, May 19. This year’s theme is “An Evening in Camelot.”
The annual black-tie fundraiser benefits MVH, one of only 28 independent, non-profit community hospitals in western Pennsylvania. The event attracts more than 500 attendees and will be held in the Allegheny Grand Ballroom of the Westin Convention Center and Hotel in Pittsburgh. The event is sponsored by the Mon-Vale Health Resources Fund Development Committee. Mon-Vale Health Resources, Inc. is the parent company of Monongahela Valley Hospital, which is committed to enhancing the health of the residents of the Mid-Monongahela Valley area.
Gala 24 is open to the public and tickets cost $175 per person. Tables of 10 are available. The evening promises a return to the days of chivalry and grace as the ballroom is transformed into a medieval setting. A reception with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will begin at 6 p.m.; followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Complementing the festive mood of Gala 24 will be the return of Pure Gold, one of the nation’s top oldies bands.
Awards for the 2012 recipients of Dimensions in Performance Awards will be presented to recognize outstanding dedication to MVH and the health care system at large. The awards symbolize the multi-dimensional talents of special friends, benefactors and members of the hospital family who have distinguished themselves in the areas of philanthropy, board leadership, medicine, and civic well-being.
The awards and this year’s awardees are:
• Rose Award for Dimensions in Philanthropy - Charles F. “Chuck” Muia of Donora, who serves on the Mon-Vale Health Resources Inc. Board of Trustees.
• The Sickman - Levin Award for Dimensions in Medicine - The MVH Medical Staff.
• Pallone Award for Dimensions in Board Leadership - Aldo L. Bartolotta of Monongahela, Giant Eagle grocery store owner and Emeritus member of the Mon-Vale Health Resources, Inc., Board of Directors.
• Gibbons Award for Dimensions in Community Service - Drs. Vasu and Durga Malepati, of McMurray, are MVH physicians and humanitarians working with the Brother’s Brother program in Kenya, Haiti, India and other countries.
For tickets or for more information, contact MVHR Office of Fund Development Assistant Anne Smith at 724-258-1657.