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September 10, 2010 > Top Hat Gala Brings Glitz and Glamour to Washington West

Top Hat Gala Brings Glitz and Glamour to Washington West

Fundraiser Helps Make Medical Advances Available to Tri-City Residents

If supporting a good cause while enjoying a delightful evening filled with fine food and fabulous music appeals to you, then get your ticket to the Top Hat Dinner Dance before it's sold out. Washington Hospital Healthcare Foundation's annual gala includes a gourmet dinner catered by a prestigious San Francisco catering company and dancing to one of the most popular bands on the Bay Area music scene. The black-tie-optional event will be held on Saturday, October 9, in the Grand Tent at Washington West.

Each year the Foundation holds the Top Hat Dinner Dance to help raise funds for equipment or services that will improve patient care. This year, the fundraiser will support the purchase of Biplane Cath Lab equipment, which will make it possible for Washington Hospital physicians to perform more complex minimally invasive procedures.

"It's a great evening that supports a very worthwhile cause," said Dr. Kranthi Achanta, who is co-chairing the event with his wife Jaya, also a physician. "As new technological advances like the Biplane Cath Lab become available, we want to be able to provide them to the community. All the proceeds from this year's event will go toward the new equipment."

The evening will start with a hosted reception followed by an elegant dinner catered by McCall Associates, widely recognized for its top-notch, chef-prepared cuisine. After dinner, guests will be treated to the sounds of Pride & Joy. The band has achieved phenomenal success over the last 17 years thanks to its timeless rendition of pop hits and soothing soul music.

All this occurs in a spectacular setting. The Top Hat Dinner Dance is held in a beautifully decorated Grand Tent set up in the parking lot at Washington West. The roof and one side is constructed from clear plastic, so guests have a fabulous view of the hospital lights, a twinkling reminder of what the evening is all about.

Nearly a Quarter Century of Elegant Charity

Now in its 24th year, the Top Hat Dinner Dance has enjoyed nearly a quarter century of elegant charity. First held at the Top of the Mark in San Francisco, it has grown into a huge a success, with more than 650 attendees.

"The Top Hat event is a great way to involve the community," said Dr. Prasad Kilaru, who is on the planning committee and a member of the Foundation's Board of Trustees. "Washington Hospital is a community hospital and this event gives community leaders and others the opportunity to get involved, see what we are doing, and support our efforts. Over the years, this event has helped to fund a number of worthwhile medical projects that have improved patient outcomes locally."

The Foundation plays a key role in ensuring Tri-City residents have access to the most advanced medical care available today. It was established in 1983 as a separately incorporated nonprofit organization to enhance the Washington Hospital Healthcare System by raising public awareness and securing financial support. The Foundation helps Washington Hospital meet the community's healthcare needs and obtain state-of-the-art medical equipment.

The Top Hat Dinner Dance is sponsored by Janice Futch-Claridge, Fremont Bank, Professional Home Care Associates, and a number of other generous donors.

Join Us On Saturday, October 9!

The Top Hat Dinner Dance will begin at 6 p.m. with a hosted reception and dinner and dancing will be from 7:30 p.m. to midnight. Individual tickets to the Top Hat Dinner Dance cost $250. The event will take place at Washington West, located at 2500 Mowry Avenue in Fremont. For more details or to purchase tickets, call the Washington Hospital Healthcare Foundation at (510) 791-3428. For more information about the Foundation, visit

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