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For release: November 12, 2013

Amy Kilgore 330.344.6014,
Kelly Ward-Smith 330.344.1681,

Akron General Women’s Board Gala Hailed as a Huge Success
Annual Gathering Raises Funds for Cancer Center and Leadership Institute

More than 280 people attended the annual Akron General Women’s Board Gala on Saturday, November 9th at the Akron Hilton/Fairlawn. This year’s benefit is recognized as a huge success as underwriting reached records levels and total fundraising is expected to top out over $125,000.

Attendees experienced an elegant cocktail reception just prior to a sumptuous dinner, and the evening capped out with a rousing live auction.

Akron General Health System President and CEO, Thomas L. “Tim” Stover, MD, MBA, addressed the gathering and highlighted the life-saving work taking place at the Akron General McDowell Cancer Center and the leadership development efforts of the Tony Gorant Community Leadership Institute, both of which were beneficiaries of the evening’s fundraising.

Women’s Board president Becky Calaway and gala chairman Deb Faber Cailor also spoke and provided a warm and engaging welcome. An informational video highlighting patient survivorship at the McDowell Cancer Center and the leadership development opportunities afforded by the Tony Gorant Community Leadership Institute was the centerpiece of the evening presentation.

The Night Life Jazz Experience entertained the gathering. Channel 3 chief meteorologist Betsy Kling served as Mistress of Ceremonies for the evening.

Those Women’s Board members participating as part of the 2013 Gala Committee were: Deb Faber Cailor, Chairman; Carol Peter, Co-Chairman; Jo Bethea; Becky Calaway: Mirna Debs: Kathie Dickinson: Diana Farro: Laurie Fenton: Toby Gorant: Chris Granata: Peggy Lloyd: Barb Lubinski: Angela Medise: Rima Muakkassa: Pat O’Leary: Donna Ross: Elaine Sisler: Cathy Stephens: and Monica Talmadge.

About Akron General Health System
Akron General Health System is a not-for-profit health care organization with the mission of improving the health and lives of the people and communities it serves. Akron General Health System includes: Akron General Medical Center, a 532-registered-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; and Akron General Foundation. Recently, U.S. News & World Report ranked Akron General Medical Center as the fifth best hospital in Ohio. In 2013, the American Nurses Association bestowed the prestigious “Magnet” status on the more that 1,000 nurses from Akron General Medical Center, Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute and the Health System’s Health & Wellness Centers. For more information about Akron General Health System, visit

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