Gala promises a bit of razzle dazzle
by Sally Litchfield
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The WellStar Foundation Grand Gala is set for April 28 at the Cobb Galleria in Cumberland. This year’s theme is the Roaring Twenties. Posing with a Ford Roadster are from left: Marsha Rodenhamer, Kim Gresh, Barbara LaRusso and Lance LaRusso. The car used is owned by Burt Litton. <br> Staff/Jeff Stanton
The WellStar Foundation Grand Gala is set for April 28 at the Cobb Galleria in Cumberland. This year’s theme is the Roaring Twenties. Posing with a Ford Roadster are from left: Marsha Rodenhamer, Kim Gresh, Barbara LaRusso and Lance LaRusso. The car used is owned by Burt Litton.
Staff/Jeff Stanton
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The Gala has raised funds to support research an​d vital services for some of the communities’ most pressing needs. The Gala has raised more than $1.2 million in 17 years since its beginning. Those funds are raised in the community and reinvested in the community.
The Gala has raised funds to support research an​d vital services for some of the communities’ most pressing needs. The Gala has raised more than $1.2 million in 17 years since its beginning. Those funds are raised in the community and reinvested in the community.
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Flapper-fever will hit Cobb County as the 2014 WellStar Foundation Grand Gala roars into town.

On April 26 the Roaring ’20’s Gala takes place at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta. The annual event will raise awareness of strokes, the leading cause of disability in the U.S. Proceeds from the evening will be invested into the community to help others recognize the early signs of stroke.

Patients such as John Cothran, Brendan Payne, Dave Farmer, Terri Bunten Guthrie, and Ashley Hungerford will be honored for their courage and strength as they share the experiences that changed their lives. WellStar’s neuroscience team (Drs. William Benedict, Rishi Gupta, Joseph Hormes, Ahmad Khaldi, Scott Wottrich), Dr. Tommy Redwood and Dr. Vimala Nair, along with their amazing care team of nurses will be recognized for the work they do and the lives they save.

According to the Georgia Department of Public Health, a 2013 survey shows that 3.2 million or 46 percent of Georgia adults would not be able to recognize and properly respond to a stroke event by calling for emergency services.

“A stroke is frightening. The key is to recognize the symptoms early because every second counts and can be the difference between a fast recovery or a debilitating condition,” said Joseph Hormes, MD, co-chief Neurosciences.

“In addition to raising awareness, the gala will help launch emergency stroke care to a superior level to save and improve more lives throughout Bartow, Cobb, Cherokee, Douglas, and Paulding counties. Proceeds will go toward a new technology of robust audio-video telemedicine, so care teams will have around-the-clock access to a team of national stroke experts,” said Robert Jansen, WellStar Chief Medical Officer.

“For nearly 20 years, the WellStar Foundation Grand Gala has raised funds to support research and critical services for some of the community’s most pressing needs and has become one of Atlanta’s most distinguished fundraising events,” said Tracey Atwater, WellStar Foundation President.

The fun-filled evening will include a buffet dinner, live jazz, dancing, mobile bidding on more than 150 silent auction items and an exciting raffle drawing. The silent auction is already live and open to the public. To view or bid on travel, jewelry, sports, entertainment and other items, visit www.wellstar.auction-bid.org.

“Stroke can happen to anyone at any time, regardless of race, sex or age,” said Dr. Hormes.

The Galleria Centre is at Two Galleria Parkway, Atlanta.

Period attire is encouraged. Individual tickets are available for $250. To join in the evening, contact Kati Hyland at kati.hyland@wellstar.org or (470) 956-6673.



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