For Release: July 10, 2012
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More than 350 guests sampled wines from around the world and delicious food from some of the area’s best restaurants at the Akron General Foundation’s 12th annual Grape Escape held April 26 at Portage Country Club. The title sponsors for the event were Akron Plastic Surgeons and the Center for Neuro and Spine. Dr. & Mrs. Doug Lefton, of Copley, won a $3,000 vacation package for two to Napa Valley and Christina Cyrus, of Wadsworth, won the second place prize of a new Apple iPad.
The event raised more than $68,000 for the Akron General McDowell Cancer Center. Proceeds will be directed to the development of a new Art Therapy Program, which has been shown to decrease symptoms in cancer patients, as well as reduce stress. Over the past 12 years, Grape Escape has raised more than $693,000 for the McDowell Cancer Center.
About Akron General Health System
Akron General Health System is a not-for-profit healthcare organization with the mission of improving the health and lives of the people and communities we serve. Akron General Health System includes: Akron General Medical Center, a 511-bed teaching and research medical center, and Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute, the area's largest provider of rehabilitation services; Akron General Partners, which includes Partners Physician Group, the Akron General Health & Wellness Centers, Lodi Community Hospital, Community Health Centers and other companies; Akron General Community Health Ventures, which includes Visiting Nurse Service and Affiliates, the largest and most comprehensive provider of home healthcare services in Ohio; and Akron General Development Foundation. Akron General has earned the prestigious National Research Corporation (NRC) Consumer Choice Award for 14 out of 16 years. Recently, Becker’s Hospital Review named Akron General Medical Center one of the nation’s top 100 hospitals. For more information about Akron General Health System, visit About Us.