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Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and Jamie Lee Curtis Raise More than $7 Million to Benefit Pediatric Patients

With the assistance of host Jamie Lee Curtis, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh raised a record-breaking $7.1 million at its annual Gala on Oct. 3, 2003.

The Party at the Point was held at Point State Park with more than 1,100 guests in attendance. Children’s annual gala is one of the most successful single-night benefits in the country, but this year marks the most the hospital has ever raised in one night. The money raised at the fifth annual event will ensure continued outstanding care for all children.

Jamie Lee Curtis’ commitment to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh spans two decades of close relationships she has developed with transplant and cancer patients. Ms. Curtis has helped raise more than $17 million for Children’s. In honor of her dedication, Children’s established the Jamie Lee Curtis Endowed Chair in Pediatric Transplantation in 1999 to further research that will translate into clinical improvements for patients.

Denise Pampena Nairn and Rebecca Cost Snyder co-chaired the event and helped make the Gala the most successful night in Children’s Hospital fund-raising history.

Pittsburgh’s historic Point State Park was transformed into a jumpin’ joint and an ultra cool evening of hip lounges, hep crooners and elegant dining for the fifth annual black-tie gala. An oversized tent housed four fabulous lounges – The Cotton Club, The Copacabana, The Bubble Lounge and The Casbah – allowing guests to drift from lounge to lounge while enjoying music, special hors d’oeuvres and cocktails.

A second oversized tent truly brought the Las Vegas style to life, as New York’s newest jazz sensation, pianist and singer 20-year-old Peter Cincotti, entertained guests at the breathtaking Supper Club facing Point State Park’s fountain.

For more than 100 years, only one hospital in the tri-state region has been dedicated solely to caring for infants, children and young adults. From the premiere patient care provided to a nationally recognized research program, Children's Hospital is a world-class resource for hundreds of thousands of children each year. Children's is ranked seventh best pediatric hospital in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Children’s has been listed in the top 10 for 13 years.

Pictures of the event and additional information are available upon request.

Melanie Finnigan, 412-692-5016,

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February 19, 2008