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August 12, 2011 > Top Hat Gala Celebrates 25 Years

Top Hat Gala Celebrates 25 Years

Fund-raising Event Raises Money for Cancer Treatment Center

Washington Hospital Healthcare Foundation will host its milestone 25th annual black-tie gala, Top Hat XXV, on Saturday, October 8, 2011.

This highly anticipated event boasts an attendance of more than 600 attendees and raises funds to support life-saving services for all Washington Hospital's patients. The proceeds from the 25th anniversary gala will benefit the new outpatient infusion center at Washington Hospital.

Scheduled for completion in October, 2011, this state-of-the-art facility will offer a comfortable venue for cancer patients who require frequent infusions of chemotherapy. Instead of traveling out of the area or being admitted to the hospital for treatment, patients soon have the option of receiving treatment close to home, in a spa-like setting flooded with natural light. The new center will be on the second floor of the Washington West building located at 2500 Mowry Avenue.

The co-chairs of this year's Top Hat, Dr. Carmen Agcaoili and Dr. Dianne Martin, said they are hoping that the community will give generously to this life-saving service.

"Our cancer patients deserve a local facility where they can receive treatment," said Dr. Martin. "For many it's a hardship to travel for weekly chemo treatments that can last a year or more."

Dr. Agcaoili emphasized her wish that fellow community members would come out in support of local cancer services.

"We really hope our neighbors open their hearts for the patients," Dr. Agcaoili added.

With the help of a group of cancer patients, the facility has been designed from the very beginning to be patient-centered. Patients will receive their infusion in a reclining chair, with the option to watch TV, read a book or simply relax. Each patient room is fitted with a sliding wall, so that patients can be treated in privacy or socialize with their neighbors. Treatments will be administered by a staff of experienced nurses specializing in intravenous therapy and cancer care.

Washington Hospital is honored to name the center in recognition of Sandy Amos, a staff nurse who recently retired after 36 years of service. During her time at Washington Hospital, Sandy worked in every unit and served as the hospital's labor representative for the California Nurses Association for 30 years.

Infusion therapy is a difficult process for many, but with the support of local businesses and individuals, Washington Hospital's goal is to make the process as comfortable as possible through the Sandy Amos Outpatient Infusion Center.

Members of the community can help make this infusion center a reality through sponsorship. Each of these sponsorships comes with valuable opportunities to showcase individual or corporate investment in the health of our community. For information about sponsorship opportunities, call (510) 791-3428 or send an e-mail to

The inaugural Top Hat ball, held in 1986, was the first fundraiser to support Washington Hospital. In following years, the event has raised funds for necessary equipment, projects and programs for the Washington Township Health Care District. This year's event, Top Hat XXIV, will be held on Saturday, October 8, 2011 in a grand tent on the grounds of Washington West, located at 2500 Mowry Avenue, across the street from the main hospital.

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