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For release: December 6, 2013

Amy Kilgore 330.344.6014,
Kelly Ward-Smith 330.344.1681,

Successful fall fundraisers benefit Akron General programs
Events raise funds for hospice and heart care

More than 1,000 guests turned out for “An Evening of Jazz with BWB” (Norman Brown, Kirk Whalum and Rick Braun), with special guest Lalah Hathaway, held October 5 at the Akron Civic Theater, 182 South Main Street, Akron. Presented by the Akron General Foundation, with support from PNC Bank, this year's concert raised approximately $45,000 for the Akron General Heart and Vascular Center. The fundraiser also honored George I. Litman, MD, Chief Emeritus of Cardiology, for his more than 40 years of service to Akron General.

Akron General Hospice of Visiting Nurse Service’s (VNS) “Joyful Tastes of Life” food, wine and craft beer tasting fundraiser was held on October 10 at St. George’s Family Center, 3204 Ridgewood Road, Akron. More than 300 guests filed through and raised approximately $50,000 for end-of-life patient care and supportive services at Hospice of VNS. Sue Wilson, WQMX Program Director/Morning Show Co-Host, and Tim Daugherty, WONE Program Director, were emcees for the evening. Saxophonist and Hospice volunteer Patrick Munford provided live music and Hospice employee Dorothea Clarke joined him on stage for a few songs. A large silent auction and raffle capped off the evening. Patti Rabb won the third place raffle prize of a 32-inch HDTV, Sherry Foos won the $500 second prize, and Jodi Wagner won the $1,500 Greenbrier Resort vacation package. The title sponsor of “Joyful Tastes of Life” was John J. Petrus, MD.

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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